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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

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The Centre for Health Protection today said three buildings have been removed from the compulsory testing list after checking that they did not fulfil the relevant criteria.

Its Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan made the announcement at a press briefing this afternoon, stating that the buildings concerned are Hiu Sing House of Hiu Lai Court in Kwun Tong, On Lam House of Tsui Lam Estate in Sai Kung and Wah Yan House of Ching Wah Court in Tsing Yi.

“We apologise that we did not check carefully the building list and included unrelated buildings,” Dr Chuang said.

“Some of the building units have patients who were admitted to hospitals during the incubation period, so the patients have not stayed in the buildings concerned. So it does not fulfil the criteria of having confirmed cases not epidemiologically linked to each other in two or more unrelated units in the same building.

“The other reason is that the address entered in the record on patient’s admission was one of the buildings concerned, but later, the patient admitted that he had stayed in another place. So subsequently, we have amended the record but have not amended the original record.

“That is why we wrongly included the three buildings in the building list for compulsory testing notice.

“For this, we apologise for the inconvenience and confusion caused to the residents in these three buildings, especially in the cold weather.”

The Government has amended the compulsory testing list and encouraged residents of the three affected buildings to undergo testing despite the removal of the buildings from the list.

Meanwhile, the centre reported that it is investigating 68 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 62 are locally transmitted.

Among the local cases, 18 have unknown sources of infection.

Three more buildings will be subject to compulsory testing as confirmed COVID-19 cases were detected in two unlinked units. They are Oi Yan House of Tsz Oi Court in Wong Tai Sin, Tak Po Building in Sham Shui Po and Ching Man House of Ho Man Tin Estate in Kowloon City.

Dr Chuang added that one of the new cases involves a resident of Kai Fai House at Choi Wan (II) Estate where sewage samples constantly tested positive for the virus.

For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News