Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, USA
Hong Kong
News Release

First day operation of community testing centers is smooth


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September 1, 2020 - The Universal Community Testing Program (UCTP) was launched today, with all the 141 community testing centers operating smoothly as a whole. A total of about 126,000 people attended and registered at the centers for specimen taking. Appropriate infection control and social distancing measures have been put in place at various testing centers, ensuring that the testing is safe, convenient and quick.

A Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government spokesman said that as at 8pm today, over 674,000 people have made successful online appointment since the online booking system commenced operation on August 29.

“As certain community testing centers have been fully booked, the Government, after assessing the situation, has decided to increase the quota of these centers starting from September 3. Members of the public can make online appointments for these centres tomorrow (September 2),” the spokesman said.

“Members of the public are encouraged to make online booking for the testing and then take the test at the community testing centers at the appointment time.”

Today, at the various community testing centers, about 2,000 healthcare personnel were deployed to collect specimens, while the administrative duties were undertaken by some 2,400 government employees.

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