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New mobile specimen collection stations set up at Lam Tin Estate, Fu Shan Estate and Shek Lei (II) Estate
     The local COVID-19 epidemic situation is worsening rapidly. The confirmed cases are distributed all over the territory. Some of the confirmed cases are asymptomatic and this indicates the existence of many silent transmission chains in the community.
     The Government is very concerned about a number of COVID-19 confirmed cases reported recently at Lam Tai House of Lam Tin Estate, Fu Yan House of Fu Shan Estate, and Shek Wing House of Shek Lei (II) Estate. Starting from today (December 21), the Government has arranged for testing agencies to set up mobile specimen collection stations at the following locations to provide free testing service for respective residents and workers:
New mobile specimen collection station Operating hours of first day (December 21)
Lam Tin Estate Plaza (next to Lam Bik House)
(Hong Kong Molecular Pathology Diagnostic Centre Limited)
10am to 8pm
Podium of Fu Shan Estate
1pm to 8pm
Shek Lei Community Hall
(ONCO Medical Laboratory Limited)
noon to 8pm
     With effect from tomorrow (December 22), operating hours of all the abovementioned mobile specimen collection stations are standardised from 10am to 8pm, and they will tentatively operate until December 26 (Saturday). The Government will decide whether it is necessary to extend the operation period of the stations after reviewing their usage and public's demand for the testing service.      
     Separately, as there are several COVID-19 confirmed cases in Yat Lai House of Yau Lai Estate, the Community Testing Centre in Yau Tong Community Hall extends free testing service to residents and workers of Yau Lai Estate from today (December 21) to December 26 (Saturday) tentatively. Its operating hours are daily from 8am to 1:30pm and 2:30pm to 8pm. It provides booking as well as on-site registration services.  Members of the public are only required to input simple personal information, and select the testing centre and time slot in the 24-hour appointment booking system (www.communitytest.gov.hk). The centre accords priority to those who make bookings in advance.

     After reviewing the usage and public's demand for the testing service, the Government has decided to extend the service periods of the mobile specimen collection stations at Heung Sze Wui Street in Tai Po, Sha Tsui Road in Tsuen Wan, Wong Tai Sin Square, Tung Chung North Park and Wong Chuk Hang Recreation Ground to December 25 (Friday). The opening dates and operating hours of the mobile specimen collection stations in various districts providing free COVID-19 nucleic acid testing services for the general public are at Annex.
     A Government spokesman said, "The testing agencies will provide specimen collection services by combined nasal and throat swabs at the mobile specimen collection stations for testing free of charge. Persons who are subject to compulsory testing and undergo testing at the mobile specimen collection stations will be deemed to have undergone a test at a Community Testing Centre. The mobile specimen collection stations will accord priority to provide testing service for local residents and workers who are subject to compulsory testing."
     People whose test results are negative will be informed by SMS through their mobile phones. If any specimen tested shows a preliminarily positive result, the specimen will be referred to the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch of the Department of Health (DH) for a confirmatory test. Confirmed cases will be followed up and announced by the Centre for Health Protection of the DH.

     The spokesman urged all individuals who are in doubt about their own health condition, or individuals with exposure to infection risk (such as individuals who visited places with epidemic outbreaks or contacted confirmed cases) to undergo testing promptly for early identification of infected persons.
Ends/Monday, December 21, 2020
Issued at HKT 21:00
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