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Government to gazette compulsory testing notice
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     ​The Government will exercise the power under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Cap. 599J) and will publish in the Gazette a compulsory testing notice, which requires any person who had been present at three specified premises during the period from November 15 to 29 to undergo a COVID-19 nucleic acid test by December 3.
     
     A spokesman for the Food and Health Bureau (FHB) said today (November 29), "The local epidemic situation is continuously worsening. The number of confirmed cases related to group gathering activities in indoor premises continues to rise significantly. Upon further contact tracing by the Centre for Health Protection, we found that some recently confirmed cases involved certain premises. Therefore, the Government will publish a compulsory testing notice, which requires persons who had been to three specified premises to undergo testing."

Details of the three specified premises are as follows:

1. Stellar House (Address: 3/F, Chuang's Enterprises Building, No. 382 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai)
2. Otto e Mezzo 8½ BOMBANA (Address: Shop No. 202, 2/F, Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road, Central)
3. Chuen Cheung Kui Restaurant (Sheung Wan) (Address: Shop C, G/F. & 1/F, Alliance Building, 130-136 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan)
         
     Persons subject to compulsory testing may choose to undergo testing as below:

1. To obtain a deep throat saliva specimen collection pack from any of the 121 post offices or 47 designated general outpatient clinics (GOPCs) of the Hospital Authority (see the distribution points and time at www.hongkongpost.hk/en/about_us/network/SpecimenCollection/index.html#list and www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/HA_clinics_submission_time_bilingual.pdf) and return the specimen to designated specimen collection points (see the specimen collection points and time at www.chp.gov.hk/files/pdf/list_of_collection_points_en.pdf and www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/HA_clinics_submission_time_bilingual.pdf);

2. To self-arrange testing provided by private laboratories recognised by the Department of Health (see the list at www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/List_of_recognised_laboratories_RTPCR.pdf);

3. To attend any Community Testing Centres (see the list at www.communitytest.gov.hk/en/);

4. To visit any mobile specimen collection stations (see the list at www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202011/27/P2020112700934.htm) for testing; or

5. To undergo testing at any healthcare facilities of the Hospital Authority (including GOPCs and accident and emergency departments) as instructed by a medical professional of the Hospital Authority.

     "If persons who are subject to compulsory testing have symptoms, they should seek medical attention immediately and undergo testing as instructed by a medical professional. They should not attend the Community Testing Centres."
      
     Persons who are subject to compulsory testing must report the result of the test or submit the test report to the Government by phone (6275 6901), fax (2530 5872) or email ([email protected]) by December 6. If persons who are subject to compulsory testing have previously undergone the above mentioned test between November 24 and 29, they would be taken to have complied with the requirements set out in the compulsory testing notice.
 
     The spokesman said, "To reduce transmission risk, persons who underwent testing are advised to stay at home and avoid going out when waiting for test results."
      
     Any enquiries on compulsory testing arrangements may be addressed to the hotline at 6275 6901 which operates daily from 9am to 6pm. If persons who are subject to compulsory testing plan to conduct testing at any of the Community Testing Centres, they can check the centre's appointment status in advance. The hotlines of the Community Testing Centres are at www.communitytest.gov.hk/en/info/ .

     The Government will continue to trace possibly infected persons who had been to the relevant venues, and seriously verify whether they had complied with the testing notice. Any person who fails to comply with the testing notice commits an offence and may be fined a fixed penalty of $2,000. The person would also be issued with a compulsory testing order requiring him/her to undergo testing within a specified timeframe. Failure to comply with the order is an offence and the offender would be liable to a fine at level 4 ($25,000) and imprisonment for six months.

     The spokesman said, "The Government urges all individuals who are in doubt about their own health conditions, or individuals with infection risks (such as individuals who visited places with epidemic outbreaks or contacted confirmed cases) to undergo testing promptly for early identification of infected persons. The FHB will publish compulsory testing notices regarding particular groups when necessary taking into account the epidemic development and the testing participation rate."
 
Ends/Sunday, November 29, 2020
Issued at HKT 22:30
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