Persons present at 28 buildings including K11 MUSEA required to undergo compulsory virus testing

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 28th February 2021 – (Hong Kong) The Government exercised the power under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Cap. 599J) and published in the Gazette a compulsory testing notice, which requires any person who had been present at 29 specified premises during the specified period (persons subject to compulsory testing) to undergo a COVID-19 nucleic acid test.

 Currently, in all districts in Hong Kong, if one or more new confirmed cases are found in the residential buildings (including buildings for both commercial and residential uses), or there are sewage samples tested positive which implied possible infection risks, the buildings will be included in the compulsory testing notice.

 To strengthen testing targeting at workplaces, starting from 27th February, if one or more confirmed cases are found in a workplace, it will be included in the compulsory testing notice.

 Twenty-eight buildings fulfilling the above criteria were included in the compulsory testing notice on 27th February. Among them, since preliminary confirmed cases were found in more than one shop in K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Yau Tsim Mong, persons who had been engaged to work or had been on duty at the mall have to undergo compulsory testing. In addition, since there was staff confirmed positive in St. Hilary’s Kindergarten (Hung Hom), G/F-2/F, Metro 6, 121 Bulkeley Street, Hung Hom, apart from the staff, students attending that school also have to undergo compulsory testing taking into account the possible higher infectious risks.

 Details of the compulsory testing notice are as follows:

1. Any person who had been present at any specified premises listed in Part A of Annex 1 for more than two hours at any time during the period from 14th February to 27th February, 2021 (including but not limited to visitors, residents and workers), have to undergo testing by March 1, 2021. If persons subject to compulsory testing have previously undergone testing between 25th February and 27th February, 2021, they would be taken to have complied with the requirements set out in the compulsory testing notice.

2. Any person who had been engaged to work or had been on duty (including full-time, part-time and relief staff) at any specified premises listed in Part B of Annex 1 at any time during the period from 14th February to 27th February, 2021, have to undergo testing by 1st March, 2021. If persons subject to compulsory testing have previously undergone testing between 25th February and 27th February, 2021, they would be taken to have complied with the requirements set out in the compulsory testing notice.

3. Any person who had been engaged to work or had been on duty (including full-time, part-time and relief staff) or students who had studied at any specified premises listed in Part C of Annex 1 at any time during the period from 14th February to 27th February, 2021, have to undergo testing by 1st March, 2021.  If persons subject to compulsory testing choose to undergo testing using the specimen bottles distributed by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP), they have to return the specimen bottle with the sample by 3rd March, 2021. If persons subject to compulsory testing have previously undergone testing between 25th February and 27th February, 2021, they would be taken to have complied with the requirements set out in the compulsory testing notice.

 Since the number of confirmed cases in the cluster related to K11 Musea has been increasing, CHP has further expanded the coverage of notifications of the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app in relation to the relevant venues in K11 Musea for users to download. Members of the public who had been to the relevant venues in K11 Musea and scanned the “LeaveHomeSafe” QR codes from 19th February to 26th February, 2021 will receive exposure notifications. Citizens who receive the relevant notifications are advised to undergo testing as soon as possible.

Persons who receive the exposure notifications under “LeaveHomeSafe” (including those related to K11 Musea cases and other cases) can make appointments online to receive testing free of charge once at community testing centres by showing the notifications in the mobile phones.

 A spokesman for the Food and Health Bureau reminds the public that in accordance with the compulsory testing notice issued earlier, all household members of close contacts are required to undergo compulsory testing. Any person who had lived with a person who is placed under quarantine pursuant to section 22 of the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap. 599A) (person under quarantine) in the same residential unit on the date of commencement of quarantine or during the 14 days before that day, and who becomes aware of the quarantine of the person under quarantine when the relevant quarantine has not yet been completed, have to undergo testing within two days of he/she becoming aware of the person under quarantine has been placed under quarantine and report to the Government the result of the test by phone (at 6275 6901), fax (at 2530 5872) or email ([email protected]) within three days of undergoing the test.

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