Government follows up on positive results of sewage surveillance and appeals to residents to undergo virus testing

     The Government announced today (August 16) 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 245 000 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:
  • Yuen Long District – Long Ping Estate, Yeung Uk San Tsuen, Kingswood Villas (Locwood Court and Sherwood Court)
  • Tsuen Wan District – Tin Liu New Village, 64 Fong Yuen Road, Ma Wan Main Street Village, Ma Wan Fishermen Block, Lung Tang Court, Royal Sea Crest, Anglers' Bay, Sea Crest Villa Phase 1 to 4, Lido Garden, Hong Kong Garden, Hong Kong Garden Yale Villa, Kwong Pan Tin Tsuen
  • Sham Shui Po District – residential premises around Wistaria Road and Verbena Road (see Annex) and Chak On Estate
  • Wong Tai Sin District – Choi Hung Villa, Man Tak House, Ngau Chi Wan Village, residential premises along Kam Chi Path and Lung Chi Path, Tung Tau (II) Estate, Billionnaire Royale, Le Billionnaire
  • Central and Western District – residential premises around Pok Fu Lam Road Playground, and residential premises around Sands Street, Ching Lin Terrace and Li Po Lung Path (see Annex)
     Members of the public may refer to ( 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" ( 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/Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Issued at HKT 16:30