Tests in 2 restricted areas end

March 18, 2021
Infection control
Infection control:

Staff register the details of people in the Causeway Bay restricted area and arrange COVID-19 tests for them.

The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercises and enforcement operations for the restricted areas in Sai Ying Pun and Causeway Bay finished today.


It exercised the power under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation on March 17 to make restriction-testing declarations, requiring people within the two specified restricted areas to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing.


The restricted areas covered Kwan Yick Building Phase III at 271-285 Des Voeux Road West, and Hoi Kung Court and Hoi To Court on Gloucester Road.


The Government also issued compulsory testing notices to those who had been present in either area for more than two hours from March 4 to 17 to undergo mandatory testing on or before March 19, even if they were not in the areas when the declarations took effect.


About 1,800 residents in the Sai Ying Pun restricted area were tested and no confirmed cases were found.


In the Causeway Bay one, about 630 residents were tested and one person was required to provide a specimen again.


Meanwhile, 65 people in the Sai Ying Pun restricted area and eight in Causeway Bay were found to have not undergone compulsory testing during the enforcement operations.


The Government assigned staff to visit more than 1,000 households in the two restricted areas, of which about 130 did not answer the door. These include some households with confirmed cases or are undergoing quarantine and some units that are possibly vacant.


Those who did not answer the door are urged to contact the Government to arrange testing as soon as possible.

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