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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

Two temporary testing centres set up in Kowloon City and Yau Tsim Mong will commence operation tomorrow to take specimens from the public for free, the Government announced.

The Kowloon City Temporary Testing Centre at Kai Tak Community Hall and the Yau Tsim Mong Temporary Testing Centre at Henry G Leong Yaumatei Community Centre will open daily from 8am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 8pm until October 14.

The two temporary testing centres set up earlier in Wan Chai and Kwai Tsing will also be open daily from 8am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 8pm until October 14.

The four testing centres are set up in locations related to recent community outbreak clusters to facilitate proactive testing of the public in order to identify COVID-19 cases and asymptomatic patients as early as possible and cut the transmission chains in the community.

The specimen collection and testing services for the testing centres in Kowloon City and Yau Tsim Mong are provided by Molecular Pathology Diagnostic Centre. The expected daily testing capacity is 1,000 specimens for each centre.

Those who consider themselves as having a higher risk of exposure to the virus may visit any of the testing centres for taking combined nasal and throat swab specimens.

Except for children aged under six and people not suitable for the test, holders of a Hong Kong identity card, birth certificate or any other valid identity document who are asymptomatic can visit the nearest temporary testing centre for specimen collection.

People must show their valid identity document and provide their mobile telephone number for registration before they undergo testing.

Those whose test results are negative will be informed by SMS through their registered mobile phone number within two to three days. If the test result is positive, the case will be referred to the Centre for Health Protection for follow-up.

The Government said it will decide whether to extend the operation period of the temporary testing centres after reviewing its usage and the public’s demand for the service.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News