HONG KONG – For the first time, the Hong Kong government has used its new capacity to make the Covid-19 test mandatory, as visitors to 14 local dances have begun to grow as clusters started at a dance club in Wan Chai continue to grow.
According to the Disease Prevention and Control (Mandatory Tests for Some People) Regulations, anyone who has been to 14 local dances from November 1 to 21 must take the Covid-19 nucleic acid test on Tuesday (November 24).
Covid-19, a cluster located at the Starlight Dance Club in Wan Chai, has confirmed 32 people, public broadcaster RTHK reported on Sunday.
The 14 dance halls functioned as party halls, the government said. All business in the party rooms has been ordered to close for five days from Sunday to Thursday. Live performances and dancing in bars, pubs and clubs are also prohibited at the same time.
A spokesman for the Office of Food and Health said in a statement on Sunday: “The local epidemic situation is rapidly worsening. .
“It indicates that there are many silent transmission chains in the community.”
Failure to comply with the test notice may result in a fine of HK $ 2,000 ($ 345). If the person continues to refuse to stand trial, he will face charges ranging from a fine of HK 25,000 and a six-month prison sentence, the government said in a statement.
Those who have taken the test are advised to stay home and not go outside while waiting for test results to reduce the risk of transmission.
The government will provide a single grant of HK $ 5,000 to citizens who have been confirmed to have Covid-19 to address their lifestyle concerns if they are positive and at risk of losing income.
The Office of Food and Health said it is conducting mandatory tests on other high-risk groups, including those with Covid-19 symptoms, taxi drivers and staff at nursing homes.
“The government is urging all people who have doubts about their health conditions or people at risk of infection … to be tested early to identify infected people,” the office spokesperson said.
On Saturday, Hong Kong reported 5,560 confirmed Covid-19 cases, including 108 dead, the Xinhua news agency reported.
Hong Kong CEO Carrie Lam ordered more tests to cut the transmission chains.
As the epidemic worsens, the bilateral air travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore, which was due to start on Sunday, has been delayed by two weeks.