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Measures aim to find hidden cases

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The enforcement operations mounted for the restricted areas in various districts of Hong Kong aim to identify hidden cases of COVID-19 as early as possible to combat the current wave of the epidemic.   Under Secretary for Food & Health Dr Chui Tak-yi made the remarks during a press briefing this afternoon in response to questions about the effectiveness of the recent compulsory testing exercises and enforcement operations in specified restricted areas.   People within the restricted areas need to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing for COVID-19 the same evening the restriction-testing declaration is made.   Dr Chui said: “If they get the notice posted on the door of their flat, for example, we encourage them to come forward and be tested, because the whole idea is to test the public or the public at risk as widely as possible so that we can find the hidden cases as early as possible.”    He also advised the public to avoid engaging in activities during the Lunar New Year holiday that could help spread the virus.   “The Government and also the Centre for Health Protection have repeatedly advised the public that they should avoid risky behaviour that would encourage the spread of the disease, for example, having their masks off in enclosed areas with many people together, eating together, drinking, talking or singing.   “In general, by now the public should know very well that for their own benefit or the benefit of their family members and the general public at large, they should avoid activities that would put themselves at risk, get infected or infect other people.   “The Government has implemented different regulations on scheduled premises and catering businesses, but in private areas, I think education and also public awareness are most important. So I would encourage and also remind the public that apart from government regulations and public policies, every individual of the public should contribute to stopping the virus from spreading.”
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