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Rapid tests at HK airport to cut waiting time of inbound travelers

06 May 2022

By The SUN


Arriving passengers will be able to get to their quarantine hotel if they test negative on rapid tests

Travelers arriving in Hong Kong from Monday will no longer have to wait for a long time for their Covid test results, as they will be given both PCR and rapid antigen tests at the same time.

If the rapid test shows a negative result, the passenger will be able to go through immigration immediately and head to his or her designated quarantine hotel to await the PCR test result.


As before, those who test positive on subsequent tests during quarantine will be moved to an isolation facility until they are deemed recovered.

Health officials said passengers who have recovered from Covid in the past 90 days but still test positive for the virus with a low viral load will not be classified as confirmed cases. As such, they will be allowed to continue their quarantine at their hotels.

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Meanwhile, 29 imported infections are among the 324 new Covid-19 cases reported today.

The patients flew in from various places such as the United Kingdom, Taiwan and Vietnam. Among them 11 tested positive at the airport while the rest were found infected during hotel quarantine.


Dr Albert Au of the Centre for Health Protection said 23 other cases were detected among students and teachers, but there has been no indication of an outbreak at schools.

He said the cases were all unrelated and the patients did not know each other, so it was not likely they caught the virus at schools.


Hospital Authority’s Dr Larry Lee also reported 11 more Covid-related deaths, including six people who died at public hospitals on Thursday.

The total infection tally in the fifth wave of the epidemic has reached more than 1.19 million, with 9,131 related deaths.

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