A city-wide nucleic acid testing campaign will be launched after seeing two more infections in the Fai Chi Kei Covid-19 cluster. It will continue until 11:00 am on November 2nd.
At a press conference this afternoon, health officials said they aim to complete a city-wide NAT drive before Typhoon Nalge arrives.
“The campaign was supposed to last two days, but a typhoon is approaching,” said Health Director Alvis Lo Iek Long. “But after we get the results of the first round, we’ll decide if a second round is needed. Weather also plays a role.”
However, anyone who has already taken the test today (Monday), whether free or not, will be able to go on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, except those already classified as at-risk groups or “yellow code holders”. are exempt from the test rounds that are called “Persons undergoing routine inspections.
Officials stressed the need to adhere to the assigned testing schedule.
The health department director stressed that secondary and primary schools will remain open for classes despite efforts to test all local residents within a day.
Unlike previous test drives, where many school campuses were designated as test sites, this time only one or two schools with non-campus-connected facilities came to help. They will be one of over 60 facilities in total to support the campaign, or about 300 “test spots”, including those dedicated to the elderly and disadvantaged.
The citywide testing announcement comes just after the family of a 57-year-old man, his wife and son, were confirmed to have tested positive for Covid-19 earlier today. I’m in. This is the epicenter of the recent domestic outbreak that has confirmed at least 11 of his infections.
A 53-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man, both confined to that apartment block since Wednesday, October 26, were taken to a quarantine facility for observation on October 28, according to a statement. Friday). Last night and this morning, each of them was found to have coronavirus and showed symptoms such as a cough and a sore throat.
Both of them have been vaccinated twice, and it is said that there is no risk of community-acquired infection.