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Published: 12:31, May 13, 2022 | Updated: 12:33, May 13, 2022
22 COVID-19 cases found in Kennedy Town targeted testing
By Wang Zhan
Published:12:31, May 13, 2022 Updated:12:33, May 13, 2022 By Wang Zhan

A man walks past the entrance to a designated clinic for COVID-19 in Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, April 4, 2022. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

HONG KONG – The Hong Kong government said it had detected 22 COVID-19 cases as it completed a compulsory testing exercise in a “restricted area” in Kennedy Town.

The government made a "restriction-testing declaration" for Sai Wan Estate in the Central and Western district from 3:30 pm on Thursday, requiring residents to get tested for COVID-19.

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A total of around 1,680 people have undergone COVID-19 test during the operation, which was completed at around 9:45 am Friday, the government said.

Anyone who has visited Sai Wan Estate in Central and Western District for more than two hours from May 6 to May 12 must also undergo compulsory testing before Saturday

Moreover, anyone who has visited the estate for more than two hours from May 6 to May 12 must also undergo compulsory testing before Saturday.

The government said it would provide health advice for those tested positive pending admission to hospitals or isolation facilities for treatment. It will also distribute disinfection products and surgical masks to these households.

The government said it had assigned staff to visit about 630 households within the "restricted area", among which 22 households did not answer the door. 

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It stressed that anyone found breaching the compulsory testing notice may be liable to a fine of HK$10,000. Meanwhile, anyone who fails to comply with the compulsory testing order or the "restriction-testing declaration" is an offence. The offender may be liable to a fine of HK$50,000 and imprisonment for six months.

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