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120 residents in TST blocks fined $5k each for ignoring compulsory testing

17 February 2021

By The SUN 

Residents of Mirador Mansion were put under compulsory testing on Jan 12

More than 120 people who ignored mandatory testing orders for residents of two housing blocks in Tsim Sha Tsui were each issued $5,000 fixed penalty tickets earlier today, Feb 17, during a surprise check by law enforcers.

Police and officers from the Yau Tsim Mong District Office and various government departments conducted the enforcement operation in Tsim Sha Tsui Mansion and Mirador Mansion, both located on Nathan Road, between 7:20am and 11:00 am today.

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A group of Filipino musicians who distributed relief goods to colleagues in need on Feb 12 were caught in the testing order, which also covered guests who had been in the buildings for at least two hours over a two-week period.

But according to Jennifer Palor-Fernandes who was part of a group that led the relief operation, everyone who was in the Hong Kong Musicians Union office in Mirador Mansion during the indicated period, had taken the tests. All received negative test results.

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Mirador Mansion was put under mandatory testing on Feb 12, when a mainland woman holding a recognizance form tested positive for Covid-19.

The next day, Tsim Sha Tsui Mansion was subjected to the same order after one of its residents, who is acquainted with the Mirador patient, was also found infected.


Two more mainlanders residing in subdivided flats in Mirador tested positive for the coronavirus, along with another one from Tsim Sha Tsui Mansion, who was among 16 new cases reported today.

Tsim Sha Tsui Mansion yielded a new Covid-19 case today

Health officials said that as a result of the cases, some residents of subdivided flats in Mirador were moved to quarantine centers.

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During today’s enforcement action, residents of both buildings were asked to provide the SMS notification for the result of their Covid-19 test, to show that they had complied with the compulsory testing order.

Government staff were deployed at the entrances and exits of both buildings to ensure everyone who went in and out was checked.


Around 290 residents of Tsim Sha Tsui Mansion were checked for their test records, and around 60 persons were found to have violated the order. At Mirador Mansion, 420 residents were checked and more than 60 were found to be in breach.

All violators were issued fixed penalties of $5,000 each and/or compulsory testing orders, requiring them to undergo testing within a specified period. If they continue to violate the order, they could be charged and fined a maximum of $25,000 and imprisonment for six months.

According to a government statement, the compulsory testing notice aims to stop the spread of the coronavirus as soon as possible to protect public health.

Everyone subject to such an order is enjoined to wear a mask, practice good personal hygiene and stay at home as far as possible until they receive their test results.

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