Government enforces "restriction-testing declaration" and compulsory testing notice in respect of specified "restricted area" in Sha Tin (with photos)
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     ‚ÄčThe Government exercised the power under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Cap. 599J) on February 16 to make a "restriction-testing declaration" effective from 1pm, under which people (hereafter referred to as "persons subject to compulsory testing") within the specified "restricted area" in Sha Tin (i.e. Yiu Ping House, Yiu On Estate, Sha Tin, excluding Stewards Ltd Yiu On Integrated Rehabilitation Services Centre and Stewards Take Your Way Clubhouse (Ma On Shan) on G/F) were required to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing. The Government yesterday (February 17) extended the period of operation to today (February 18). Persons subject to compulsory testing are required to stay in their premises until all such persons identified in the "restricted area" have undergone testing and the test results are mostly ascertained and they had to undergo two tests under the designated arrangement.
 
     In addition, the Government issued a compulsory testing notice on February 16 to any person who had been present at the above building for more than two hours from February 3 to February 16, 2022, to undergo compulsory testing on or before February 18, 2022 even if they were not present in the "restricted area" at the time when the declaration took effect. The Government finished the compulsory testing exercise at around 11.30am today and is now carrying out enforcement actions in the "restricted area" to verify that all people in the "restricted area" have undergone compulsory testing. The Government will further announce the revocation time of the declaration.
 
     Starting from around 11.30am today, persons in the specified "restricted area" in Sha Tin who have undergone testing and are able to present SMS notifications with negative test results or wear wristbands as proof of having undergone testing may leave the "restricted area" through the designated exit after providing personal information to a prescribed officer.
 
     The Government set up temporary specimen collection stations in the "restricted area" and requested persons subject to compulsory testing to collect combined nasal and throat swab samples at the stations to undergo a COVID-19 virus test as designated. As at 10pm yesterday, a total of 3 160 person-time had undergone testing in the first round and second round of testing. Sixty-four preliminary positive cases and three indeterminate cases were found. The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health will take follow up action.
 
     Regarding cases tested preliminarily positive in the specified "restricted area", the Government has provided additional food packs, disinfection products and surgical masks to these persons and their household members pending follow-up arrangement.
 
     Moreover, the Government also assigned staff to visit 612 households within the "restricted area", among which 43 households did not answer the door. The Government will take measures to follow up.
 
     The Government reiterates that enforcement actions will be taken seriously. Any person who fails to present an SMS notification with a test result or wear a wristband as proof of having undergone testing breaches the compulsory testing notice and may be liable to a fine of $10,000. The person will also be issued with a compulsory testing order, requiring him/her to undergo testing within a specified time frame. Failure to comply with the compulsory testing order or the "restriction-testing declaration" is an offence and the offender may be liable to a fine of level 4 ($25,000) and imprisonment for six months.

Ends/Friday, February 18, 2022
Issued at HKT 11:39

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