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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 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 respective District Offices will commence distributing about 255 000 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 – Ho Fai Garden, Hoi Pa San Tsuen, Kwan Mun Hau Tsuen, Tsuen Cheong Centre, Ho Pui Tsuen, Ham Tin Tsuen, Yeung Uk Tsuen, Hong Kong Garden, Lido Garden, Phase 1 to 4 of Sea Crest Villa and residential premises around Heung Shing Street and Heung Wo Street (See Annex)
  • 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, Mun Tung Estate and Yu Tai Court
  • Wong Tai Sin District – Upper Wong Tai Sin Estate and Lower Wong Tai Sin (II) Estate
  • Sai Kung District – Residence Oasis, Maritime Bay and La Cite Noble
     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 16, 2022
Issued at HKT 16:30
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