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The fourth wave of the COVID-19 epidemic has lasted for some time. To our great relief, the number of local confirmed cases has remained at low levels in recent days. The Government's multi-pronged strategy of continuously enhancing our anti-epidemic measures and preventing the importation of cases has proven effective.   Apart from keeping social distancing measures in place and mounting an extensive promotion of testing, we have specifically strengthened the manpower in contact tracing as this is a particularly crucial measure in cutting the chains of viral transmission.   The Department of Health's Contact Tracing Office has redoubled its efforts in speeding up the process of identifying close contacts. Their sterling efforts in contact tracing in the gym cluster last month have significantly helped in suppressing rebounds within a number of days. This was a remarkable success.   For this, I must thank all those who have helped, including some 200 colleagues seconded f

Central & Western restricted area set

The Government today made a restriction-testing declaration to require people within the specified restricted area in Central & Western District to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing for COVID-19.   The restricted area covers Towers 1 and 2, Robinson Place, 70 Robinson Road, Blessings Garden Phase 1, 95 Robinson Road and Blessings Garden Phase 2, 56 Conduit Road.   The Government said as confirmed cases were recently recorded in these buildings, it decided to make a restriction-testing declaration for the relevant area which took effect from 8.30pm.   Temporary specimen collection stations will be set up at the restricted area and relevant people need to undergo testing before 2am tomorrow. They will be arranged to undergo nucleic acid testing at the stations where staff will collect samples through combined nasal and throat swabs.   The Government will arrange door-to-door specimen collection for people with impaired mobility and seniors.   It aims to finish the exercise at about 9am tomorrow.   People in the restricted area who have undergone testing from March 10 to 13 and can provide an SMS notification containing the test results are not required to be tested again. However, they must stay in their premises until everyone in the area has been tested and the results are mostly ascertained.   Anyone who had been at these buildings for more than two hours from February 28 to March 13, even if they were not present in the restricted area at the time when the declaration took effect, must undergo compulsory testing by March 15.   The Government has prepared simple food and cleaning supplies for the residents restricted by the declaration. The Home Affairs Department has set up a hotline 2835 1473 for these residents to make enquiries and seek assistance and a hotline 3755 6816 for ethnic minorities.   The Social Welfare Department will also assist those affected.
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