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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

The Transport Department today announced that free, voluntary COVID-19 tests will be arranged for taxi and public light bus drivers from October 27 to November 9.

This is a new round of virus testing following the testing services provided in mid-July and early October.

Taxi and minibus drivers holding valid driver identity plates can visit fourteen temporary centres to collect a testing kit.

They must register their personal information online, self-collect the deep throat saliva specimens and return them to the temporary centres on the same day.

The testing agency will collect the specimens and deliver them to the laboratory for testing. As no personal information will be indicated on the specimen bottles, the agency will only have records of the specimen bottles’ barcode numbers and will not collect personal data.

Drivers will be notified of a negative test result by SMS. Cases with positive results will be relayed to the Centre for Health Protection for follow-up.

To encourage participation, taxi drivers who have received an SMS of a negative test result can collect an Anti-epidemic Tag for Taxi Drivers from trade organisations joining the tag scheme, and display the tag in their taxis.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News