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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 (December 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 50 000 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:
  • Sha Tin District – Lucky Plaza, Scenery Garden, Sha Tin 33, Peak One, 15-117 Tung Lo Wan Hill Road, Peak House, the Great Hill, Sky One, Yuk Wo Court and the Grandville
  • Yuen Long District – Central Park Towers and Wetland Seasons Bay


Please refer to the press release for details

Latest compulsory testing notice

The Government requires any person who had been present at 40 specified places during the specified period to undergo a COVID-19 nucleic acid test.

The above compulsory testing requirement applies to those who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course as well. Persons who have tested positive in the past three months (including positive cases tested either by nucleic acid tests recorded by the Department of Health (DH) or by rapid antigen tests that have been self-declared to the DH) do not need to undergo compulsory testing.

Details of the compulsory testing noticeLocations of Community Testing Centres and Community Testing Stations

The Government has set up a new regular community testing station at the basketball court next to Wang Lai House of Wang Tau Hom Estate in Lok Fu (near Lung Cheung Road and Tin Ma Court) for convenient testing by members of the public of Lok Fu and Kowloon Tong area. The service period of the ad-hoc mobile specimen collection station at On Yam Estate in Kwai Chung will be extended to December 10.

Ad-hoc mobile specimen collection stations in various districts providing services (as at December 9)Please refer to the press release for details

In order to fight the coronavirus epidemic, the Government has 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.

Please refer to the press release for details

The Government announced that starting from December 9, persons infected with COVID-19 may be discharged from isolation on Day 5 at the earliest if they obtain negative rapid antigen test (RAT) results on both Day 4 and Day 5 of the isolation period. For close contacts of infected persons, they will be discharged from quarantine on Day 5 if negative results are obtained in all the daily RATs during the five-day quarantine period, and are not required to undergo further tests. Daily RAT requirement for inbound persons from Taiwan or overseas places is also adjusted to until Day 5 after arrival at Hong Kong.

Please refer to the press release for details

In view of the latest epidemic trend, the Government announced that the existing social distancing measures which are set to expire on December 14 will be maintained until December 28. Having balanced the public health risks and the need for social and economic activities, the Government considered that there is no room for relaxing the social distancing measures at this juncture and decided to maintain the existing social distancing measures for the next 14-day cycle.

Please refer to the press release for details
Government conducts enforcement action on compulsory testing notice at building in Ap Lei Chau

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, together with the Western Police District and the Department of Health, conducted an enforcement operation today (December 9) at a building in Ap Lei Chau, which was included in a compulsory testing notice earlier. The operation commenced at around 8am and ended at around 11am today.

Starting from around 8am today, staff arranged by the Government stationed at the entrances/exits of the Hoi Yat Court, South Horizons, Ap Lei Chau, to verify the testing certifications of persons subject to compulsory testing so as to confirm whether they had undergone testing in compliance with the requirement of the compulsory testing notice. Persons subject to compulsory testing had to present the SMS notification containing the results of COVID-19 tests or relevant proof, to prove that they had followed the requirement pursuant to the compulsory testing notice and completed the test within the specified period.

During the operation, 342 persons were checked. Among them, five persons were found to have failed to comply with the compulsory testing notice. They were subsequently issued compulsory testing orders, requiring them to undergo testing within a specified period. Fixed penalty notices of $10,000 each were also issued to two of them.

Please refer to the press release for details
Government conducts enforcement action on compulsory testing notice at building in Cheung Sha Wan

The Buildings Department and the Land Registry, together with the Sham Shui Po Police District and the Department of Health, conducted an enforcement operation today (December 9) at a building in Cheung Sha Wan, which was included in a compulsory testing notice earlier. The operation commenced at around 7am and ended at around 10.30am today.

Starting from around 7am today, staff arranged by the Government stationed at the entrance/exit of Block 1, Liberte, Cheung Sha Wan, to verify the testing certifications of persons subject to compulsory testing so as to confirm whether they had undergone testing in compliance with the requirement of the compulsory testing notice. Persons subject to compulsory testing had to present the SMS notification containing the results of COVID-19 tests or relevant proof, to prove that they had followed the requirement pursuant to the compulsory testing notice and completed the test within the specified period.

During the operation, 392 persons were checked. Among them, seven persons were found to have failed to comply with the compulsory testing notice. They were subsequently issued compulsory testing orders, requiring them to undergo testing within a specified period. Fixed penalty notices of $10,000 each were also issued to four of them.

Please refer to the press release for details
HAD distributes complimentary COVID-19 rapid test kits to households, cleansing workers and property management staff in Kwun Tong and Kowloon City Districts

In light of positive test results for the COVID-19 virus from sewage samples collected in Kwun Tong and Kowloon City Districts, the Home Affairs Department (HAD) said today (December 9) that the Kwun Tong District Office (KTDO) and the Kowloon City District Office (KCDO) have distributed a total of about 16 000 COVID-19 rapid test kits to households, cleansing workers and property management staff living and working in the Districts.

The KTDO distributed rapid test kits to households, cleansing workers and property management staff living and working in Hiu Kwong Court and Hiu Ming Court for voluntary testing through the property management company.

In addition, the KCDO distributed rapid test kits to households, cleansing workers and property management staff living and working in Wang Fung Building, Po Teck Mansion, Sunrise Villa, Ngan Hon Mansion and Lung Teck Mansion for voluntary testing through the property management companies and the owners' corporations.

The HAD made the above arrangements in the hope of identifying infected persons early.

Members of the public may refer to the demonstration video produced by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) under the Department of Health (DH) via www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzFAUzTtmKk to learn how to use the rapid antigen test (RAT) kit.

Persons testing positive through an RAT should take a photo of the test result and declare the result within 24 hours via the Declaration System for Individuals Tested Positive for COVID-19 Using Rapid Antigen Test (www.chp.gov.hk/ratp). If members of the public encounter difficulties in using the online platform, they can call the automated system at 183 6119 to register their identification document and telephone number. The CHP under the DH will contact the relevant person later to complete the report procedure. There is no need to declare negative test results.

Please refer to the press release for details

Latest situations of COVID-19 (Dec 9, Friday)

TOPLINE
- 14,373 new cases [3,653 cases by nucleic acid tests (652 imported + 3,001 locally acquired); 10,720 cases by rapid antigen tests (146 imported + 10,574 locally acquired)]
- As at Dec 8, 276, 798, 2,542 and 6,662 received their first, second, third and fourth dose of vaccine respectively; a cumulative total of 20,069,776 doses have been administered
- Starting from December 9, persons infected with COVID-19 may be discharged from isolation on Day 5 at the earliest if they obtain negative rapid antigen test results on both Day 4 and Day 5 of the isolation period
- Government maintains existing social distancing measures

CHP investigates locally acquired SARS-CoV-2 virus cases with 3,001 cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests and 10,574 cases by RATs as well as 798 imported cases

- new cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests: 3,653 (652 imported + 3,001 locally acquired)
- total cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests: 1,076,153
- new cases tested positive by rapid antigen tests: 10,720 (146 imported + 10,574 locally acquired)
- total cases tested positive by rapid antigen tests: 1,127,637
- deaths: 10,891 [during the fifth wave (since December 31, 2021): 10,678]

14-day rolling sitrep of new cases (most recent figure first, in bracket: “local cases / imported cases”)
- 14,373 ( 13,575 / 798 ); 11,981 ( 11,278 / 703 ); 9,952 ( 9,227 / 725 ); 9,508 ( 8,843 / 665 ); 9,487 ( 8,830 / 657 ); 10,111 ( 9,614 / 497 ); 9,996 ( 9,359 / 637 ); 10,137 ( 9,531 / 606 ); 8,810 ( 8,153 / 657 ); 7,547 ( 6,957 / 590 ); 7,793 ( 7,188 / 605 ); 8,033 ( 7,530 / 503 ); 8,874 ( 8,365 / 509 ); 8,878 ( 8,316 / 562 )

Public hospitals daily update on COVID-19 casesLatest situation of COVID-19 casesLatest epidemic situation of 5th wave at a glanceProvisional data analysis on COVID-19 reported death cases

Provisional analysis of the first 10,648 reported death cases in the 5th wave:
- Vaccination history
 - Received 4 doses (reached 14 days): 0.5%
 - Received 3 doses (reached 14 days): 6%
 - Received 2 doses (reached 14 days): 13%
 - Received 1 dose (reached 14 days): 14%
 - Unvaccinated: 66%
- Over 95% fatal cases were elderly aged 60 years or above; 50% were residential care home residents; 91% were with known chronic diseases
- Receiving 3 doses of any vaccines greatly reduces death risk especially in the older age group

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme statistics

- As at Dec 8:
* 276 persons received their first dose of vaccine; a cumulative total of 6,902,737 persons have received their first vaccine dose, making up 94.5% of the population aged 3 or above
* 798 persons received their second dose of vaccine; a cumulative total of 6,775,219 persons have received their second vaccine dose, making up 92.9% of the population aged 3 or above
* 2,542 persons received their third dose of vaccine; a cumulative total of 5,752,673 persons have received their third vaccine dose, making up 82.7% of the population aged 12 or above
* 6,662 persons received their fourth dose of vaccine; a cumulative total of 639,147 persons have received their fourth vaccine dose
- a total of 20,069,776 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered for members of the public

Government adjusts isolation, quarantine and testing arrangements

Starting from December 9, persons infected with COVID-19 may be discharged from isolation on Day 5 at the earliest if they obtain negative rapid antigen test (RAT) results on both Day 4 and Day 5 of the isolation period. For close contacts of infected persons, they will be discharged from quarantine on Day 5 if negative results are obtained in all the daily RATs during the five-day quarantine period, and are not required to undergo further tests. Daily RAT requirement for inbound persons from Taiwan or overseas places is also adjusted to until Day 5 after arrival at Hong Kong.

Latest inbound control arrangement for foreign domestic helpers

Starting from December 9, foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) coming to work in Hong Kong on or after December 2 are only required to undergo daily RATs until Day 5 after arrival. The testing requirement of undergoing nucleic acid test upon arrival and on Day 2 after arrival remains unchanged. In view of the conditions of individual families, the Commissioner for Labour has given in-principle approval for employers to choose to arrange FDHs to stay at licensed hotels or guesthouses during those five days. It is not necessary to make an application to the LD.

Government maintains existing social distancing measures

- The existing social distancing measures which are set to expire on December 14 will be maintained until December 28.
- Having balanced the aforementioned public health risks and the need for social and economic activities, the Government considered that there is no room for relaxing the social distancing measures at this juncture and decided to maintain the existing social distancing measures for the next 14-day cycle.

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

The Government announced today (December 8) 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 50 000 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:
  • Kwun Tong District – Fu Wah Court, Hiu Kwong Court, Hiu Ming Court and Hiu Wah Building
  • Kowloon City District – Wang Fung Building, Po Teck Mansion, Sunrise Villa, Ngan Hon Mansion and Lung Teck Mansion
  • Islands District – Mun Tung Estate


Please refer to the press release for details
Government conducts enforcement action on compulsory testing notice at building in Kwun Tong

The Housing Department, together with the Kwun Tong Police District and the Department of Health, conducted an enforcement operation today (December 8) at a building in Kwun Tong, which was included in a compulsory testing notice earlier. The operation commenced at around 8.30am and ended at around 11.30am today.

Starting from around 8.30am today, staff arranged by the Government stationed at the entrances/exits of Kin On House, Wo Lok Estate, to verify the testing certifications of persons subject to compulsory testing so as to confirm whether they had undergone testing in compliance with the requirement of the compulsory testing notice. Persons subject to compulsory testing had to present the SMS notification containing the results of COVID-19 tests or relevant proof, to prove that they had followed the requirement pursuant to the compulsory testing notice and completed the test within the specified period.

During the operation, 91 persons were checked. Among them, four persons were found to have failed to comply with the compulsory testing notice. They were subsequently issued compulsory testing orders, requiring them to undergo testing within a specified period.

Please refer to the press release for details

The Government announced the following vaccination arrangements:

(i) Starting from December 9, persons aged 18 or above may make appointments for receiving the BioNTech bivalent vaccine as the third dose (or the second dose for recovered persons); and
(ii) Starting from December 16, for persons aged 18 or above and who had received four doses (or recovered adults who had received the third dose and had received the last dose or recovered for more than six months), if they choose to receive an additional dose of vaccine for better protection, they may make appointments for receiving the fifth dose (or the fourth dose for recovered persons). Relevant persons may choose to receive the Sinovac, the BioNTech ancestral strain vaccine or the BioNTech bivalent vaccine.

At the same time, the Government has arranged for outreach medical teams to visit residential care homes for the elderly and persons with disabilities to administer the BioNTech bivalent vaccine for residents.

Please refer to the press release for details

Latest compulsory testing notice

The Government requires any person who had been present at 44 specified places during the specified period to undergo a COVID-19 nucleic acid test.

The above compulsory testing requirement applies to those who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course as well. Persons who have tested positive in the past three months (including positive cases tested either by nucleic acid tests recorded by the Department of Health (DH) or by rapid antigen tests that have been self-declared to the DH) do not need to undergo compulsory testing.

Details of the compulsory testing noticeLocations of Community Testing Centres and Community Testing Stations

The Government has set up a new regular CTS at the basketball court next to Wang Lai House of Wang Tau Hom Estate in Lok Fu (near Lung Cheung Road and Tin Ma Court) for convenient testing by members of the public of Lok Fu and Kowloon Tong area. The Government reopens the ad-hoc mobile specimen collection station at Ocean Pointe in Sham Tseng on December 8, and the service period of the ad-hoc mobile specimen collection station at On Yam Estate in Kwai Chung will be extended to December 9.

Ad-hoc mobile specimen collection stations in various districts providing services (as at December 8)Please refer to the press release for details

In order to fight the coronavirus epidemic, the Government has 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.

Please refer to the press release for details
Government conducts enforcement action on compulsory testing notice at building in Tsing Yi

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department, together with the Kwai Tsing Police District and the Department of Health, conducted an enforcement operation today (December 8) at a building in Tsing Yi, which was included in a compulsory testing notice earlier. The operation commenced at around 8am and ended at around 11am today.

Starting from around 8am today, staff arranged by the Government stationed at the entrance/exit of the Block 2, Broadview Garden, Tsing Yi, to verify the testing certifications of persons subject to compulsory testing so as to confirm whether they had undergone testing in compliance with the requirement of the compulsory testing notice. Persons subject to compulsory testing had to present the SMS notification containing the results of COVID-19 tests or relevant proof, to prove that they had followed the requirement pursuant to the compulsory testing notice and completed the test within the specified period.

During the operation, 338 persons were checked. Among them, one person was found to have failed to comply with the compulsory testing notice. He was subsequently issued compulsory testing order, requiring him to undergo testing within a specified period. A fixed penalty notice of $10,000 was also issued to him.

Please refer to the press release for details
HAD distributes complimentary COVID-19 rapid test kits to households, cleansing workers and property management staff in Wong Tai Sin and Central and Western Districts

In light of positive test results for the COVID-19 virus from sewage samples collected in Wong Tai Sin and Central and Western Districts, the Home Affairs Department (HAD) said today (December 8) that the Wong Tai Sin District Office (WTSDO) and the Central and Western District Office (C&WDO) have distributed a total of about 54 000 COVID-19 rapid test kits to households, cleansing workers and property management staff living and working in the Districts.

The WTSDO distributed rapid test kits to households, cleansing workers and property management staff living and working in Tsui Chuk Garden for voluntary testing through the property management company.

In addition, the C&WDO distributed rapid test kits to households, cleansing workers and property management staff living and working in residential premises around Queen's Road West and Belcher's Street for voluntary testing through the property management companies and the owners' corporations.

The HAD made the above arrangements in the hope of identifying infected persons early.

Members of the public may refer to the demonstration video produced by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) under the Department of Health (DH) via www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzFAUzTtmKk to learn how to use the rapid antigen test (RAT) kit.

Persons testing positive through an RAT should take a photo of the test result and declare the result within 24 hours via the Declaration System for Individuals Tested Positive for COVID-19 Using Rapid Antigen Test (www.chp.gov.hk/ratp). If members of the public encounter difficulties in using the online platform, they can call the automated system at 183 6119 to register their identification document and telephone number. The CHP under the DH will contact the relevant person later to complete the report procedure. There is no need to declare negative test results.

Please refer to the press release for details

TOPLINE
- 11,981 new cases [3,837 cases by nucleic acid tests (640 imported + 3,197 locally acquired); 8,144 cases by rapid antigen tests (63 imported + 8,081 locally acquired)]
- As at Dec 7, 248, 645, 2,262 and 6,102 received their first, second, third and fourth dose of vaccine respectively; a cumulative total of 20,059,339 doses have been administered

CHP investigates locally acquired SARS-CoV-2 virus cases with 3,197 cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests and 8,081 cases by RATs as well as 703 imported cases

- new cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests: 3,837 (640 imported + 3,197 locally acquired)
- total cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests: 1,072,500
- new cases tested positive by rapid antigen tests: 8,144 (63 imported + 8,081 locally acquired)
- total cases tested positive by rapid antigen tests: 1,116,917
- deaths: 10,864 [during the fifth wave (since December 31, 2021): 10,651]

14-day rolling sitrep of new cases (most recent figure first, in bracket: “local cases / imported cases”)
- 11,981 ( 11,278 / 703 ); 9,952 ( 9,227 / 725 ); 9,508 ( 8,843 / 665 ); 9,487 ( 8,830 / 657 ); 10,111 ( 9,614 / 497 ); 9,996 ( 9,359 / 637 ); 10,137 ( 9,531 / 606 ); 8,810 ( 8,153 / 657 ); 7,547 ( 6,957 / 590 ); 7,793 ( 7,188 / 605 ); 8,033 ( 7,530 / 503 ); 8,874 ( 8,365 / 509 ); 8,878 ( 8,316 / 562 ); 9,219 ( 8,500 / 719 )

Public hospitals daily update on COVID-19 casesLatest situation of COVID-19 casesLatest epidemic situation of 5th wave at a glanceProvisional data analysis on COVID-19 reported death cases

Provisional analysis of the first 10,531 reported death cases in the 5th wave:
- Vaccination history
 - Received 4 doses (reached 14 days): 0.41%
 - Received 3 doses (reached 14 days): 5%
 - Received 2 doses (reached 14 days): 13%
 - Received 1 dose (reached 14 days): 15%
 - Unvaccinated: 67%
- Over 95% fatal cases were elderly aged 60 years or above; 51% were residential care home residents; 91% were with known chronic diseases
- Receiving 3 doses of any vaccines greatly reduces death risk especially in the older age group

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme statistics

- As at Dec 7:
* 248 persons received their first dose of vaccine; a cumulative total of
6,902,453 persons have received their first vaccine dose, making up 94.5% of the population aged 3 or above
* 645 persons received their second dose of vaccine; a cumulative total of 6,774,405 persons have received their second vaccine dose, making up 92.9% of the population aged 3 or above
* 2,262 persons received their third dose of vaccine; a cumulative total of 5,750,080 persons have received their third vaccine dose, making up 82.6% of the population aged 12 or above
* 6,102 persons received their fourth dose of vaccine; a cumulative total of 632,401 persons have received their fourth vaccine dose
- a total of 20,059,339 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered for members of the public

Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunisation assesses serious adverse events relating to COVID-19 vaccination

So far, the Expert Committee had assessed these 120 death cases and concluded that 115 death cases had no causal relationship with vaccination, one case of which causal relationship with vaccination could not be established, preliminarily considered that three cases were not associated with vaccination, and one case pending further information for assessment. The Expert Committee considered there is no unusual pattern identified so far, and it will continue to closely monitor the situation and collect data for assessment.

Government announces arrangements to administer BioNTech bivalent vaccine and fifth dose in community and residential care homes for elderly and persons with disabilities

The Government announced the following vaccination arrangements on December 7:
(i) Starting from December 9, persons aged 18 or above may make appointments for receiving the BioNTech bivalent vaccine as the third dose (or the second dose for recovered persons); and
(ii) Starting from December 16, for persons aged 18 or above and who had received four doses (or recovered adults who had received the third dose and had received the last dose or recovered for more than six months), if they choose to receive an additional dose of vaccine for better protection, they may make appointments for receiving the fifth dose (or the fourth dose for recovered persons). Relevant persons may choose to receive the Sinovac, the BioNTech ancestral strain vaccine or the BioNTech bivalent vaccine.

Latest arrangements of COVID-19 vaccination venues

The new Yuen Long CVS, located at the open space outside the Yuen Long Leisure and Cultural Building, will replace the Community Vaccination Centre situated at the arena of the Yuen Long Sports Centre. The Yuen Long CVS will enhance the service and concurrently provide vaccination service with the Sinvoac vaccine (for persons aged 6 months or above), the BioNTech ancestral strain vaccine (for persons aged 12 or above), and the BioNTech bivalent vaccine (as a booster for eligible persons). Persons aged 60 or above can collect same-day tickets at the CVS for vaccination without prior booking. Meanwhile, the three CVCs located in the Yuen Long Sports Centre, the Kwun Chung Sports Centre and the Yuen Wo Road Sports Centre will operate until noon on December 15 and be closed afterwards.

Secretary for Health visits public hospitals

The Secretary for Health, Professor Lo Chung-mau, visited United Christian Hospital, Caritas Medical Centre and Prince of Wales Hospital on December 7 to get a better grasp of the contingency measures put in place by public hospitals in response to COVID-19 and the winter service surge. He also expressed his gratitude to the frontline healthcare staff for their efforts and contributions.

Government gazettes compulsory testing noticeGovernment follows up on positive results of sewage surveillance and appeals to residents to undergo virus testingCHP Facebook page: [Health advice for COVID-19 recovered persons]

According to the World Health Organization, we have yet to get evidence on the specific duration of infection-derived immunity against Omicron, but based on prior variants, immunity is expected to persist at least 90 days.

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

The Government announced today (December 7) 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 45 000 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:
  • Wong Tai Sin District – Tsui Chuk Garden
  • Central and Western District – residential premises around Queen's Road West and Belcher's Street (See Annex)


Please refer to the press release for details

Latest compulsory testing notice

The Government requires any person who had been present at 59 specified places during the specified period to undergo a COVID-19 nucleic acid test.

The above compulsory testing requirement applies to those who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course as well. Persons who have tested positive in the past three months (including positive cases tested either by nucleic acid tests recorded by the Department of Health (DH) or by rapid antigen tests that have been self-declared to the DH) do not need to undergo compulsory testing.

Details of the compulsory testing noticeLocations of Community Testing Centres and Community Testing Stations

The Government has set up a new regular community testing station at the basketball court next to Wang Lai House of Wang Tau Hom Estate in Lok Fu (near Lung Cheung Road and Tin Ma Court) for convenient testing by members of the public of Lok Fu and Kowloon Tong area. The Government reopens the ad-hoc mobile specimen collection stations at Park Island in Ma Wan and On Yam Estate in Kwai Chung on December 7.

Ad-hoc mobile specimen collection stations in various districts providing services (as at December 7)Please refer to the press release for details

In order to fight the coronavirus epidemic, the Government has 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.

Please refer to the press release for details
HAD distributes complimentary COVID-19 rapid test kits to households, cleansing workers and property management staff in Sham Shui Po, Sha Tin and Southern Districts

In light of positive test results for the COVID-19 virus from sewage samples collected in Sham Shui Po, Sha Tin and Southern Districts, the Home Affairs Department (HAD) said today (December 7) that the Sham Shui Po District Office (SSPDO), the Sha Tin District Office (STDO) and the Southern District Office (SDO) have distributed a total of about 54 000 COVID-19 rapid test kits to households, cleansing workers and property management staff living and working in the Districts.

The SSPDO distributed rapid test kits to households, cleansing workers and property management staff living and working in Mei Foo Sun Chuen Phase 1 for voluntary testing through the owners' corporation and the property management company.

The STDO also distributed rapid test kits to households, cleansing workers and property management staff living and working in Baycrest, Kam Fai Court, Marbella and The Waterside for voluntary testing through the owners' corporation, the owners' committees and the property management companies.

In addition, the SDO distributed rapid test kits to households, cleansing workers and property management staff living and working in residential premises around Tsung Man Street and Sai On Street for voluntary testing through the owners' corporations, the owners' committees and the property management companies.

The HAD made the above arrangements in the hope of identifying infected persons early.

Members of the public may refer to the demonstration video produced by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) under the Department of Health (DH) via www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzFAUzTtmKk to learn how to use the rapid antigen test (RAT) kit.

Persons testing positive through an RAT should take a photo of the test result and declare the result within 24 hours via the Declaration System for Individuals Tested Positive for COVID-19 Using Rapid Antigen Test (www.chp.gov.hk/ratp). If members of the public encounter difficulties in using the online platform, they can call the automated system at 183 6119 to register their identification document and telephone number. The CHP under the DH will contact the relevant person later to complete the report procedure. There is no need to declare negative test results.

Please refer to the press release for details
Government conducts enforcement action on compulsory testing notice at building in Shau Kei Wan

The Eastern District Office, together with the Eastern Police District and the Department of Health, conducted an enforcement operation today (December 7) at a building in Shau Kei Wan, which was included in a compulsory testing notice earlier. The operation commenced at around 7.20am and ended at around 10.20am today.

​Starting from around 7.20am today, staff arranged by the Government stationed at the entrance/exit of Ying Tao House, Tung Tao Court, Shau Kei Wan to verify the testing certifications of persons subject to compulsory testing so as to confirm whether they had undergone testing in compliance with the requirement of the compulsory testing notice. Persons subject to compulsory testing had to present the SMS notification containing the results of COVID-19 tests or relevant proof, to prove that they had followed the requirement pursuant to the compulsory testing notice and completed the test within the specified period.

During the operation, around 360 persons were checked. Among them, six persons were found to have failed to comply with the compulsory testing notice. They were subsequently issued compulsory testing orders, requiring them to undergo testing within a specified period. Fixed penalty notices of $10,000 each were also issued to three of them.

Please refer to the press release for details