HEALTHCARE | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Government intensifies call for mandatory COVID-19 testing

The compulsory testing notice will cover residential buildings with at least one confirmed case.

The Hong Kong government intensifies its call for mandatoy COVID-19 testing, requiring individuals to undergo nucleic acid test in cases of possible infection risks.

The government has published the compulsory testing notice on the Gazette, as authorised under the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation.

"The government urges all individuals who are in doubt about their own health conditions, or individuals with infection risks to undergo testing promptly for early identification of infected persons," a spokesman for the Food and Health Bureau said.

At present, individuals in a residential building, including in buildings for residential and commercial uses, are required to undergo testing if one or more new cases are reported in the premises.

Workplaces will likewise be included in the compulsory testing, should there be at least two confirmed cases.

"If persons subject to compulsory testing have symptoms, they should seek medical attention immediately and undergo testing as instructed by a medical professional,” the spokesman said. “They should not attend the mobile specimen collection stations or the community testing centres."

This is in reference to the mobile stations set up at Tsz Ching Estate in Tsz Wan Shan, Kwai Luen Estate in Kwai Chung, and Sheung Tak Estate in Tseung O starting 22 February.

The service period of mobile stations at the Kwun Tong Recreation Ground, King George V Memorial Park, Kowloon, Arthur Street Temporary Playground in Yau Ma Tei, 100 Granville Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, and North District Community Centre in Sheung Shui will be extended until 23 February, whilst the station at Sha Tsui Road Playground in Tseun Wan will operate until 28 February.

The notice also asked individuals present for at least two hours in buildings with confirmed cases from 8-21 February to have themselves tested by 23 February. Further, the government noted the compulsory testing covers household members of close contacts.

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