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World-Wide Plaza, Statue Square put under compulsory testing order

08 May 2021

By The SUN

Thousands of people would have been in World-Wide Plaza at the designated time

Two favorite haunts in Central of Filipino domestic workers have been placed under compulsory testing order after an elderly Filipina resident was found to carry a mutated coronavirus.

A statement released by the government late on Friday said anyone who had stayed in World-Wide Plaza (only the mall) for at least an hour on May 1 and 2 must get themselves tested for Covid-19 by May 10.


The same order applies to anyone who spent at least an hour in Statue Square on May 2.

Those who had Covid tests on May 1 to 7 are exempted from the order, as well as those who are fully vaccinated, meaning those who have had two doses of a vaccine on or before Apr 23 (plus 14 days after vaccination).

Part of Statue Square which is covered by the testing order

The 67-year-old female patient who was one of three confirmed cases reported Friday is the mother of the Filipina girlfriend of an Indian returnee from Dubai who appears to have spread the variant after getting out of his 21-day hotel quarantine.

Five other infections were linked to the man, including three Filipina domestic workers and the employer and ward of one of them.

Pindutin para sa detalye

Two other places that the patient visited were also listed in the compulsory testing notice. These are Hing Wah Plaza and New Jade Shopping Arcade, both in Chai Wan. Anyone who had been to either place for at least an hour on Apr 29 must have themselves tested by May 10.

Also listed in the notice are 16 mostly kindergarten and primary schools in which outbreaks of upper respiratory tract infection and/or flu-like illness have occurred.

Pindutin para sa detalye

The places under the compulsory testing notice are here:

Foreign domestic helpers who have yet to get tested can avail of the services provided by 21 community testing centres across the city. Booking and walk-in services are available. For information, check out:

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In addition, mobile specimen collection stations will be set up at the following locations from this weekend:

     • Hing Wah Estate Playground No. 1, Chai Wan (May 8 to 10)
     • Chai Wan Park (Basketball Courts No.1 and 2) (May 8 to 10)
     • Lay-by at Wan Tsui Lane, Chai Wan (May 8 to 10)
     • Man Tung Road Park entrance, Tung Chung (May 8 to 9)


The following mobile stations will operate as usual, but will open early at either 8am or 9am during the weekend: Central and Western District (namely Edinburgh Place in Central, Outside Central Piers No.9 and No.10, Sai Ying Pun Community Complex, Kennedy Town Playground and Tamar Park in Admiralty).

All persons subject to compulsory testing may choose to undergo testing via the following routes:
     1. To visit any of the mobile specimen collection stations (see the list and target groups (if applicable) at for testing;

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     2. To attend any of the community testing centres (see the list at;
     3. To obtain a deep throat saliva specimen collection pack from any of the 121 post offices, vending machines set up at 20 MTR stations or 47 designated general outpatient clinics (GOPCs) of the Hospital Authority and return the specimen to one of the designated specimen collection points (see the distribution points and times, and the specimen collection points and times, at;
     4. To undergo testing at any of the GOPCs of the Hospital Authority as instructed by a medical professional of the Hospital Authority;
     5. To self-arrange testing provided by private laboratories which are recognised by the Department of Health (DH) and can issue SMS notifications in respect of test results (see the list at; or
     6. To use a specimen bottle distributed to the relevant specified premises by the CHP (if applicable), and return the specimen bottle with the sample collected as per relevant guidelines.

The mobile testing van in Edinburgh Place will open at 8am on Sat and Sunday

All those subject to compulsory testing must keep the SMS notification containing the result of the test for checking by a law enforcement office.

Any enquiries on compulsory testing arrangements may be made to the hotline, 6275 6901, which operates daily from 9am to 6pm. If persons subject to compulsory testing plan to conduct testing at any of the community testing centres, they can check the centre's appointment status in advance. The hotlines of the community testing centres are available at

Anyone who fails to comply with the testing notices commits and may be fined a fixed penalty of $5,000. The person would also be issued with a compulsory testing order requiring him or her to undergo testing within a specified time. Failure to comply with the order could make the offender liable to a fine of up to $25,000 and imprisonment for six months.

In addition, any person who fails to comply with the reasonable request of a law enforcer to provide information and assistance could be liable to a fine of up to $10,000.

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