Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui today visited a special specimen collection centre at Mui Wo Recreation Centre in Islands District to inspect its operation on the first day and to give encouragement to the staff on duty.


Under the Universal Community Testing Programme, special arrangements were made for the district’s residents by setting up six special specimen collection centres to take their samples for testing from today to September 14.


Accompanied by District Officer (Islands) Amy Yeung, Mr Tsui learnt about the manpower allocation, the centre’s design and testing workflow, as well as its infection control and social distancing measures.


He also chatted with the staff and thanked them for their participation in the programme’s work to fight the virus together with the community.


Mr Tsui said: “Although the confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been gradually reduced recently, there are still silent transmission chains in the community.”


He appealed to members of the public to participate in the programme to help identify early asymptomatic COVID-19 patients in the community so that the epidemic situation can be further curtailed.