22nd July 2021 – (Hong Kong) The Government exercises the power under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Cap. 599J) and publishes in the Gazette a compulsory testing notice, which requires any person who had been present at four specified premises during the specified period (persons subject to compulsory testing) to undergo a COVID-19 nucleic acid test.
A preliminary positive case with L452R mutant strain arriving from Dubai who has lived in Hong Kong within the past 21 days was recorded today. One specified premises visited by the case is included in the compulsory testing notice. Furthermore, an imported case with L452R mutant strain recorded earlier had been present at two specified premises. Relevant persons are required to undergo compulsory testing. Also, in relation to a previous case with L452R mutant strain and epidemiological linkage with an imported case, any person who had been present at one specified premises during the specified period has to undergo additional testing. For prudence’s sake, the above compulsory testing requirement applies to those who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course as well.
If the tropical cyclone signal No. 3 or above is hoisted, or a red/black rainstorm warning signal or “extreme conditions after super typhoons” announced by the Government is/are in force at any time during the period for undergoing the compulsory testing, the period for undergoing the compulsory testing will be extended for one day.
Details of the compulsory testing notice are in Annex 1.