Sat. Jan 16th, 2021

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Under Secretary for Food & Health Dr Chui Tak-yi today said issuing a compulsory testing notice aims to enhance the progress of testing a certain group of people for COVID-19 under particular circumstances.

Speaking at a press briefing this afternoon, Dr Chui said virus testing is one of the main strategies in controlling the epidemic.

“Concerning the recently introduced regulation in restricting and demanding compulsory testing for particular persons, that particular new regulation is only one of the measures or instruments that the Government is using to enhance testing in particular situations.”

Noting that a number of residents of Flat D, Block 6, Richland Gardens, Kowloon Bay had tested positive for the virus, Dr Chui said people living in units D at the block have to be sent for quarantine.

“We relocated the residents in Flat D of Block 6 to a safe location. That was done to remove them from a potential source of spread – that is the sewage system which has yet to be examined carefully.

“Of course, we immediately started a testing service on site. And we also ensured the testing is conducted at two levels – one is a quick test in which test results can come back within 30 minutes as a quick screening and the other is the traditional polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

“As far as I know, there are less than 1,000 residents in that building, so I think it is possible to test them all in a very short time frame.

“That will give us a sense of the degree of spread and also a sense of how the spread is controlled in this particular block in Richland Gardens.”

Dr Chui urged the people concerned to comply with the compulsory testing requirements to help break the chain of transmission in the community.

For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.

By Bureau