Persons present at H.A.N.D.S. and other premises required to undergo compulsory virus testing


8th April 2021 – (Hong Kong)  The Government will exercise the power under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Cap. 599J) and publish in the Gazette a compulsory testing notice, which requires any person who had been present at a specified premises during the specified period (persons subject to compulsory testing) to undergo a COVID-19 nucleic acid test.

 Since few confirmed cases had visited H.A.N.D.S., On Ting Estate, 2, 4, 8 & 12 Oi Yung Street & 2A Tuen Mun Heung Sze Wui Road, Tuen Mun, the mall is covered in the compulsory testing notice today.

 Details of the compulsory testing notice are as follows:

 Any person who had been present at H.A.N.D.S., On Ting Estate, 2, 4, 8 & 12 Oi Yung Street & 2A Tuen Mun Heung Sze Wui Road, Tuen Mun for more than two hours at any time during the period from 26th March to 8th April, 2021 (including but not limited to full-time, part-time and relief staff and visitors), have to undergo testing by 10th April , 2021. If persons subject to compulsory testing have previously undergone testing between 6th April and 8th April, 2021, they would be taken to have complied with the requirements set out in the compulsory testing notice.

 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 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 a mobile specimen collection station at On Ting/Yau Oi Community Centre in Tuen Mun tomorrow for all members of the public (including those subject to compulsory testing).

 The opening dates and operating hours of the mobile specimen collection stations in various districts providing free COVID-19 nucleic acid testing services for the general public are stated in Annex. 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. Persons with “LeaveHomeSafe” COVID-19 exposure notification or SMS notification from the Centre for Health Protection reminding them to undergo testing as soon as possible may receive free testing at community testing centres or mobile specimen collection stations (if service scope is applicable).