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Transport Department to provide additional temporary testing kit distribution/collection centres
     To further encourage taxi drivers to participate in the COVID-19 testing, the Transport Department (TD) announced today (November 15) that starting from tomorrow (November 16), seven additional temporary testing kit distribution/collection centres will be set up to provide free COVID-19 testing for taxi drivers.
     From November 16 to 18, the total number of temporary testing kit distribution/collection centres will be increased from four to 11. The location, opening dates and hours of the temporary testing kit distribution/collection centres are at Annex 1.
     The arrangement of the additional temporary testing kit distribution/collection centres is the same as the existing centres. The testing is free of charge. Taxi drivers can visit any one of the specific temporary distribution centres to collect the testing kit upon presenting their valid taxi driver identity plate. Drivers are required to register their personal information at the Government website (www.tgptest.gov.hk), and should self-collect their deep throat saliva specimen and return it to any one of the temporary collection centre on the same day. The testing agency will deliver the specimens collected to the laboratory for testing. As no personal information will be indicated on the specimen bottles, the testing agency will only have records of the barcode number of the specimen bottles and will not collect personal information. Drivers will be notified by the Government of the negative test result by SMS through mobile phone, while cases with positive test results will be referred to the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health for follow-up.
     Taxi drivers can collect the "Anti-epidemic Tag for Taxi Drivers" from the relevant taxi trade organisations with the SMS indicating the negative test result and display the tag at a prominent position inside the taxi compartment to enable passengers' checking.
     The TD strongly appeals to taxi drivers to undergo the testing for the protection of themselves and others and to fight the epidemic together. For details of the testing service and the collection of the "Anti-epidemic Tag for Taxi Drivers", please visit the website of the TD (www.td.gov.hk).
Ends/Sunday, November 15, 2020
Issued at HKT 10:00
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