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Sunday, October 18, 2020, 14:58
4 HK virus testing centers collect more than 15,500 specimens
By Wang Zhan
Sunday, October 18, 2020, 14:58 By Wang Zhan

Residents wearing face masks wait in to take COVID-19 tests in Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong, Sept 3, 2020. (PARKER ZHENG / CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said the Yau Tsim Mong Temporary Testing Centre collected specimens from 711 people for COVID-19 nucleic acid tests on Saturday, bringing the number of specimens collected at all four temporary testing centers to 15,535.

The centre will be open from 8 am to 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 8 pm on its last day of service on Sunday, while the other three temporary testing centers have ceased operation.

The centre will be open from 8 am to 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 8 pm on its last day of service on Sunday, while the other three temporary testing centers have ceased operation

As of 10pm on Saturday, a total of 14,824 specimens collected under the temporary community testing arrangement had been tested.

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Specimens with a positive COVID-19 result will be referred to the Department of Health's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch for a confirmatory test. Confirmed cases will be followed up and announced by the Centre for Health Protection.

Additionally, the distribution time of deep throat saliva specimen collection packs at the 46 Hospital Authority general out-patient clinics has been extended to facilitate the public to undergo COVID-19 test.

Hong Kong reported 17 novel coronavirus cases on Saturday, the biggest daily increase since Oct 8, pushing the tally in the city to 5,237. All of the new cases were imported.

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