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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

Registered doctors are empowered to require any person whom they clinically suspect has contracted COVID-19 to undergo a test.

Announcing the new measure which will be in force tomorrow for 14 days, the Food & Health Bureau said compulsory testing for symptomatic patients can effectively slow down the transmission of the virus by early identification, early isolation and early treatment.

As the recent epidemic situation is deteriorating rapidly, the Government considers it necessary to solicit help from doctors in identifying possibly infected people as soon as possible.

People who have received written directions from registered doctors should undergo a COVID-19 nucleic acid test within two days after the direction’s issue date.

The bureau reminded that people who are subject to testing are suspected to be infected and should not go to community testing centres for testing. They should also stay at home and avoid going out when waiting for test results.

Those who fail to comply with the written direction would face a $2,000 fine and be served with a compulsory testing order. Failure to comply with the testing order is also an offence, and the offender would be liable to a $25,000 penalty and six months’ jail.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News