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Community testing centres and community testing stations to completely cease operation starting next Saturday
     The Government announced today (May 5) that the existing five COVID-19 community testing centres and community testing stations (CTC/CTSs) will completely cease operation starting from next Saturday (May 13).
     In the light of the full resumption of normalcy in society and the gradual lifting of pre-departure COVID-19 nucleic acid testing requirement for inbound purposes around the world, the demand for local testing services has dropped to a very low level recently. For better utilisation of resources, the Government decided to close the existing five CTC/CTSs starting from next Saturday.
     For citizens who need to conduct nucleic acid testing, they may make their own arrangements at local nucleic acid testing institutions. The list of nucleic acid testing institutions recognised by the Government and their service locations can be found on the following webpage: www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/List_of_recognised_laboratories.pdf
     The five CTC/CTSs about to cease operation will revert to their original community and recreational uses as soon as practicable. The 80 community and recreational sites released earlier have been returned to the venue managers.
     A Government spokesman said, "COVID-19 is now being managed as an upper respiratory tract illness. The Government's decision to completely cease the operation of CTC/CTSs ties in with the latest epidemic development and the principle of risk management. The Government will continue to closely monitor the latest situation of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, making every effort to safeguard public health."
Ends/Friday, May 5, 2023
Issued at HKT 15:05
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