The Government yesterday (August 18) exercised the power under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Cap. 599J) to make a "restriction-testing declaration" effective from 5pm yesterday, under which people (hereafter referred to as "persons subject to compulsory testing") within the specified "restricted area" in Siu Sai Wan (i.e. Tower 3, Island Resort, Siu Sai Wan (only including the 6/F Podium and floors above)) were required to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing. Persons subject to compulsory testing are required to stay in their premises until all such persons identified in the "restricted area" have undergone testing and the test results are mostly ascertained. In addition, the Government issued a compulsory testing notice yesterday to any person who had been present at the above building for more than two hours from August 12 to 18, 2022, to undergo compulsory testing on or before August 20, 2022, even if they were not present in the "restricted area" at the time when the declaration took effect.
The Government finished the compulsory testing exercise at around 8.15am today (August 19) and is now carrying out enforcement actions in the "restricted area" to verify that all people in the "restricted area" have undergone compulsory testing. The Government will further announce the revocation time of the declaration.
Starting from around 8.15am today, persons in the specified "restricted area" in Siu Sai Wan who have undergone testing and are able to present SMS notifications with negative test results as proof of having undergone testing may leave the "restricted area" through the designated exit after providing personal information to a prescribed officer.
The Government set up temporary specimen collection stations in the "restricted area" yesterday and requested persons subject to compulsory testing to collect combined nasal and throat swab samples at the stations to undergo a COVID-19 virus test before 10.30pm yesterday. A total of 824 people within the "restricted area" had undergone testing. Amongst them, six cases tested positive. The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health will arrange to follow up.
Regarding the case tested positive in the specified "restricted area", the Government has provided additional food packs, disinfection products, rapid antigen test kits and masks pending follow-up arrangement.
Moreover, the Government also assigned staff to visit 400 households in the "restricted area", among which 95 households did not answer the door. The Government will take measures to follow up.
The Government reiterates that enforcement actions will be taken seriously. Any person who fails to present an SMS notification with a test result as proof of having undergone testing breaches the compulsory testing notice and may be liable to a fine of $10,000. The person will also be issued with a compulsory testing order, requiring him/her to undergo testing within a specified time frame. Failure to comply with the compulsory testing order or the "restriction-testing declaration" is an offence and the offender may be liable to a fine of level 5 ($50,000) and imprisonment for six months.
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