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Government follows up on positive results of sewage surveillance and appeals to residents to undergo virus testing
     The Government announced today (June 5) that in order to fight the coronavirus epidemic, the Environmental Protection Department and the Drainage Services Department have been collecting sewage samples for virus testing in all districts, and had detected positive results in some areas, indicating that there may be hidden cases in the premises within these areas.
Rapid test
     As regards positive sewage testing results with relatively high viral loads in the following areas, the respective District Offices will commence distributing about 190 000 sets of the COVID-19 rapid antigen test (RAT) kits to residents, cleaning workers and property management staff working in the following areas for them to take the test on their own, in order to help identify infected persons:
  • Tsuen Wan District – Park Island, Tin Liu New Village, Ma Wan Main Street Village Central, Ma Wan Main Street Village North, Ma Wan Main Street Village South, Ma Wan Main Street Village East, Ma Wan Fishermen Block, Hong Kong Garden, Hong Kong Garden Yale Villa, Sea Crest Villa Phase 1 to 4, Anglers' Bay, Sham Tseng Village, Royal Sea Crest, Yuen Tun Village, Villa Alfavista, Lung Tang Court, Seascape Villa and Tsing Lung Tau New Village
  • Southern District – Repulse Bay Garden, Repulse Bay Apartments, The Repulse Bay, Repulse Bay Towers, Grosvenor Place, Repulse Bay Mansions, Fair Wind, 119 Repulse Bay Road, Lei Tung Estate, Yue On Court, Sham Wan Towers, Ap Lei Chau Centre, Coble Court, Marina South, Billion Court, Command Tower, Happy View Building and Yee On Building
  • Central & Western District – Residential premises around Staunton Street, Peel Street, Caine Road and Bridges Street (See Annex)

     Members of the public may refer to (www.coronavirus.gov.hk/rat/eng/rat.html) for enquiries relating to the use of the RAT kits.
     When using an RAT kit, please pay attention to and follow the instructions from the manufacturer to perform the test and read the result properly. It is advisable to record the displayed result by taking a photo immediately after reading. Users should wash their hands before and after performing the tests, and avoid placing non-essential items within the specimen collection area. After completing the test, wrap and seal all components of the test kit carefully and dispose of them properly. If the household environment is contaminated during the specimen collecting process, disinfection should be conducted with 1 in 49 diluted bleach solution or 70 per cent alcohol.
     People who obtained a positive result through an RAT for the first time can report via the online platform "Declaration System for individuals tested positive for COVID-19 using Rapid Antigen Test" (www.chp.gov.hk/ratp/). If individuals encounter difficulties using the online platform, they can call the automated system at 183 6119 to register their identification document and telephone number. The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health will contact the relevant person later to finish the report procedure.
Ends/Sunday, June 5, 2022
Issued at HKT 16:30
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