The Government today said the temporary testing centres in Wan Chai, Kwai Tsing, Kowloon City and Yau Tsim Mong districts have collected specimens from 4,938 people for COVID-19 nucleic acid testing as of 8pm.


Specimens from 711 people were collected at the Wan Chai Temporary Testing Centre while the specimens of 955 people were taken at the Kwai Tsing Temporary Testing Centre.


Specimens from 463 and 965 people were collected at the Kowloon City and Yau Tsim Mong testing centres.


As ‪of 10pm, a total of 1,844 specimens collected under the temporary community testing arrangement had been tested.


Specimens with a positive COVID-19 result will be referred to the Department of Health’s Public Health Laboratory Services Branch for a confirmatory test. Confirmed cases will be followed up and announced by the Centre for Health Protection.


Additionally, over 2,400 specimen collection packs were distributed at 46 Hospital Authority general outpatient clinics today.


Since ‪July 27, the clinics have distributed more than 65,000 specimen collection packs. Among them, over 39,000 specimens were tested and over 60 were positive for COVID-19.


Regarding the second round of testing services provided to frontline staff of catering businesses by the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department under the Targeted Group Testing Scheme, up to October 11, more than 12,900 specimen bottles have been distributed to catering premises and around 4,000 specimens have been tested.


The department has also arranged a testing agency to deliver specimen bottles at bar areas for three consecutive nights starting from October 9 to encourage personnel in bars and pubs and their patrons to undergo testing. 


A total of over 2,100 specimen bottles were distributed in the past three nights, of which 1,770 were distributed to staff members and 390 were distributed to patrons.