The Transport & Housing Bureau will provide regular COVID-19 tests for frontline workers at Kwai Tsing Container Terminals starting September 1.

 

Regular tests will be arranged for four designated groups of workers who need to work onboard cargo vessels or may have contact with sea crews on the vessels, including stevedores, operational or yard supervisors, ship planners and security and safety officers. About 1,200 workers are involved.

 

Frontline workers who wish to participate in the tests are required to register their details with their affiliated terminal operators and submit a consent form before taking the tests.

 

Registered terminal staff can take the tests at a specific time slot every week at the three designated testing points located at Terminals 2, 4 and 9.

 

Duty officers of the testing institution will collect the specimens of nasopharyngeal swab tests from the participating employees and deliver them to laboratories for examination. The testing institution will not retain the participants’ data.

 

In case of a positive test result, the Centre for Health Protection, the bureau and the respective terminal operators will be notified for further follow-up.

 

In response to the recommendation of health authorities, terminal staff may take the tests every seven days during the initial period of the testing arrangement.

 

The bureau appealed to frontline workers to actively participate in the regular testing arrangement to safeguard public health and minimise the spread of the virus in the community.