20th 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 11 specified premises during the specified period (persons subject to compulsory testing) to undergo a COVID-19 nucleic acid test.
Two preliminary positive cases arriving from Saudi Arabia, and one imported case arriving from France who has lived in Hong Kong within the past 21 days were detected and recorded today. The cases involved L452R mutant strain. Ten specified premises visited by the cases are included in the compulsory testing notice. Also, in relation to the previous cases with the L452R mutant strain and epidemiological linkage with imported cases, any person who had been present at one specified premises during the specified period had to undergo additional testing.
For prudence’s sake, the above compulsory testing requirements apply 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.