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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 (August 12) 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 Housing Department and the respective District Offices will commence distributing about 230 000 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:
  • Islands District – Sheung Ling Pei, Ha Ling Pei, Pa Mei Village, Ma Wan New Village, Wong Ka Wai and Lung Tseng Tau in Tung Chung, and Mun Tung Estate
  • Kowloon City District – Harbourfront Landmark and Whampoa Garden (Palm Mansions, Lily Mansions, Cotton Tree Mansions, Banyan Mansions, Bamboo Mansions, Oak Mansions, Bauhinia Mansions, Willow Mansions, Juniper Mansions and Cherry Mansions)
  • Kwun Tong District – Lam Tin Estate, Tak Tin Estate, Cha Kwo Ling Tsuen, Choi Hing Court, Lok Nga Court, On Kay Court, and residential premises around Fan Wa Street and Cha Kwo Ling Road (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/Friday, August 12, 2022
Issued at HKT 16:30
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