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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 (September 9) 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 320 000 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:
  • Eastern District – Tsui Wan Estate, Hang Tsui Court, Yuet Chui Court, Yan Tsui Court, Fung Wah Estate, Chai Wan Cinema Building, Wah Tai Mansion and Shan Tsui Court
  • Sai Kung District – Beverly Garden, Tong Ming Court, Park Central, Tseung Kwan O Plaza, Mount Verdant, Po Ming Court and Kwong Ming Court
  • Wan Chai District – Residential premises around Tin Lok Lane, Tak Yan Street and Yat Sin Street (See Annex)
  • Tsuen Wan District – Tin Liu New Village, 64 Fong Yuen Road, Ma Wan Main Street Village, Ma Wan Fishermen Block, Long Beach Gardens, One Kowloon Peak, Hanley Villa, Sunny Villa, Yau Kom Tau Village, Hon Man Village, Keymount Lodge, the Westminster Terrace, Greenview Terrace, Golden Villa, Grandview Villa, Bayview Garden, Serenade Cove, Belvedere Garden Phase 1 to Phase 3, Greenview Court and the Panorama
     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 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, September 9, 2022
Issued at HKT 16:30
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