23rd 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 three 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.
For testing targeting at workplaces, if two or more confirmed cases are found in a workplace, it will be included in the compulsory testing notice.
Three buildings fulfilling the above criteria were included in the compulsory testing notice today.
Details of the compulsory testing notice are as follows:
Any person who had been present at any specified premises listed in Annex 1 for more than two hours at any time during the period from 10th February to 23rd February, 2021 (including but not limited to visitors, residents and workers), have to undergo testing by 25th February, 2021. If persons subject to compulsory testing have previously undergone testing between 21st February and 23rd February, 2021, they would be taken to have complied with the requirements set out in the compulsory testing notice.
Furthermore, 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.
The Government will set up mobile specimen collection station at Tsuen Wan Centre tomorrow for local residents and workers subject to compulsory testing. The service period of the mobile specimen collection stations at Maple Street Playground in Sham Shui Po, King George V Memorial Park, Kowloon and Arthur Street Temporary Playground in Yau Ma Tei will be extended to 28th February. Apart from mobile specimen collection stations, persons subject to compulsory testing can also choose to attend any of the community testing centres in all districts to receive testing free of charge.