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

Universal Community Testing Program extended for three days to September 14


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September 9, 2020 - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has decided to extend the Universal Community Testing Program (UCTP) for three days to September 14 after reviewing the data and experiences from the operation of the community testing centers as well as the public’s demand for the testing service. The whole UCTP will run for 14 days.

A Government spokesman said, “Starting from tomorrow (September 10), members of public can make online appointments for testing in the new time slots of the three days from September 12 to 14.

“Moreover, after reviewing the use of the 122 community testing centers, the Government has decided to continue the operation of 57 community testing centers across all of the 18 districts to provide the testing service to members of the public from September 12 to 14. The remaining centers will cease operation after September 11.”

As at 2pm today (Hong Kong time), a total of about 1,362,000 persons had registered at the centers for testing since the launch of the UCTP on September 1, and a total of about 1,261,000 persons had successfully made online appointments.

To cut the transmission chain of COVID-19 in the community, the Government launched the UCTP on September 1 to provide a one-off free virus testing service for all citizens so as to identify asymptomatic COVID-19 carriers as early as possible and to achieve the target of early identification, early isolation and early treatment.

Laboratory testing and surveillance are important elements in the Government’s anti-epidemic work. The spokesman appealed to members of the public to fight the virus together and join the UCTP to protect themselves and others, with a view to winning the battle against the virus as soon as possible.

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