Lockdown at Ying Kwai House to be extended for 2 more days till 29th January (Updated: 8.26pm)

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26th January 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Omicron outbreak in Kwai Chung Estate has not slowed down, and the number of confirmed cases in the estate has soared to 276. Among them, Yat Kwai House, which was originally scheduled for a 5-day lockdown has been extended for another 2 days.

Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health, said that as of 2 pm today, there have been 334 cases in Kwai Chung Estate, 58 more than yesterday (25th). Chuang pointed out that although the number of confirmed cases in Yat Kwai House is on a downward trend today, the situation still needs to be observed for a few days.

The Government earlier exercised the power under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Cap. 599J) to make a “restriction-testing declaration”, under which people (hereafter referred to as “persons subject to compulsory testing”) within the specified “restricted area” in Kwai Chung (i.e. Ying Kwai House, Kwai Chung Estate; see Annex) are required to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing. The declaration has been effective from 4am, 22nd January.  The Government today decided to further extend the period of operation and aims at finishing the exercise at about 7am on 29th January. Persons subject to compulsory testing are required to stay in their premises and undergo seven tests under the designated arrangement (including those conducted in the past few days under the declaration), until all such persons identified in the “restricted area” have undergone testing and the test results are mostly ascertained, and upon the agreement of the Secretary for Food and Health having regard to all the circumstances and the public interest of Hong Kong.

 A Government spokesman said, “Preliminary positive cases were identified at Ying Kwai House in Kwai Chung Estate through tests conducted since 22nd January. At least 70 confirmed cases or preliminary positive cases have been found since then, which is worrying. In view of the significant risk of infection at Ying Kwai House in Kwai Chung Estate, we consider it necessary to undertake determined action by extending the ‘restriction-testing declaration’ operation to 29th January to prevent the virus from further spreading.”

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