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Free Covid-19 tests for FDHs in-between contracts to resume Tuesday

23 October 2020

By The SUN

The free test kits may be collected from the 1st floor of Immigration Tower in Wanchai
 

The Labour Department has announced that the free Covid-19 testing for foreign domestic helpers waiting to move in with their new employers will resume on Oct 27 (Tuesday) until Nov. 21, 2020.

Eligible FDHs may collect and return specimen collection packs at the temporary distribution/collection point located on the 1/F (footbridge level) of Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, from 11am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

No appointment is necessary.

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The free tests are specifically aimed at FDHs staying in boarding houses, who may even take another test closer to joining their employer’s family.

“We strongly encourage FDHs staying in boarding facilities while waiting to change employers to actively participate in the free testing to safeguard their health,” said a statement from the Labour Department.

“If an FDH needs to stay in a boarding facility for an extended period of time while waiting to change employer, he or she may retake the test as appropriate, especially before joining the new employer's family.”

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The LD also called on employment agencies to assist FDHs in collecting the specimen bottles and to return the same at the collection area at Immigration Tower on the same day.

Employers, on the other hand, are advised to ensure their new helpers have a negative test result before allowing them to move into their homes.

FDHs lining for the free tests during the first round between Aug and Oct 15

Free tests for FDHs whose previous contracts had expired or had been terminated were given from Aug 25 to Oct 15 this year, after a number of infections were recorded among helpers staying in agency-run boarding houses.

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FDH applicants are advised to bring along their HKID card, passport and other documents that show their eligibility for the free tests, including the reference number and limit of stay as shown in their latest visa, or the date of application for a visa extension.

The applicants will be asked to sign a consent form for taking the test, and to confirm his or her eligibility for the testing service before being issued with the specimen collection pack. 

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They will then be asked to register their personal information www.tgptest.gov.hk, (please select "Non-Government Staff - Foreign domestic helpers waiting to join new employers' family") in order to receive SMS notification of the test result.

The FDH should collect the deep throat saliva specimen herself and return it to the temporary collection point on the same day.

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Participants will be notified of a negative test result via SMS. Positive cases will be referred to the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health (DH), which will contact the FDH and arrange for treatment. 
      
For enquiries, please contact the LD through the dedicated FDH hotline at 2157 9537 (manned by 1823) or by email to fdh-enquiry@labour.gov.hk.      

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