Persons present at specified premises and 23 schools to undergo compulsory virus testing


5th May 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 35 specified premises during the specified period (persons subject to compulsory testing) to undergo a COVID-19 nucleic acid test. Persons who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course are not required to undergo compulsory testing.

In view of the confirmed cases announced and preliminary positive case recorded on 4th May, nine specified premises are included in the compulsory testing notice. In addition, upon further investigation by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP), an earlier confirmed case with unknown sources of infection involving N501Y mutant strain had been present at three specified premises. Relevant persons are also required to undergo compulsory testing.

 In addition, since there were outbreaks of upper respiratory tract infection and/or influenza-like illness in 23 schools, and the symptoms of the concerned diseases are similar to those of COVID-19, for prudence’s sake, the 23 schools are also covered in the compulsory testing notice.

Details of the compulsory testing notice are at Annex 1. Persons who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course would be taken to have complied with the requirements set out in the compulsory testing notices.

A spokesman for the Food and Health Bureau reminded 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, has to undergo testing within two days of him or her becoming aware that 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 spokesman thanked the general public for their co-operation in undergoing compulsory testing for fighting the virus together.

Specimens were collected for over 94,000 persons (including more than 41,000 foreign domestic helpers (FDHs)) on 3rd May at 21 community testing centres (CTCs) and 37 mobile specimen collection stations. The Government also set up an additional mobile specimen collection station at Hing Wah (II) Estate in Chai Wan to enhance service.

For FDHs who have yet to receive testing, they can still make use of the service provided at CTCs and mobile specimen collection stations in the coming few days. Currently, there are a total of 21 CTCs providing testing service for the public, including free service for persons subject to compulsory testing. The number of tests available for appointments at CTCs has been increased to over 46,000 per day, and additional manpower has been deployed to serve the public. As of 6pm , 4th May, there are close to 33,000 booking places available for the coming few days (5th to 9th May) at the 21 CTCs. Booking and walk-in services are available. Members of the public only need to provide simple personal information on the 24-hour booking system ( Booking status of centres for the coming week will be shown for public’s selection of suitable testing centre and time slot for testing. The testing centres will accord priority to serve individuals with advance bookings. Members of the public may call the testing centres for enquiries on the availability of bookings or walk-in quotas before visiting the centres. The Government reminds FDHs who have made bookings to visit their selected centre at the booked time slot for testing, and those who have yet to receive testing to book online book to utilise the remaining quotas.