21st 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 five specified premises during the specified period (persons subject to compulsory testing) to undergo a COVID-19 nucleic acid test.
In view of an imported case recorded today, and another imported case recorded earlier who has lived in Hong Kong within the past 21 days, four specified premises visited by the cases are included in the compulsory testing notice. Since both cases involve L452R mutant strain, for prudence’s sake, the above compulsory testing requirement applies to those who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course as well.
Furthermore, since there was outbreak of upper respiratory tract infection and/or influenza-like illness in one school, and the symptoms of the diseases concerned are similar to those of COVID-19, for prudence’s sake, the school is covered in the compulsory testing notice today. Under existing practice, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) will provide schools subject to compulsory testing with stool specimen bottles and deep throat saliva specimen collection packs direct. Persons who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course would be taken to have complied with the requirements set out in the compulsory testing notice.
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.