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Published: 09:33, June 19, 2022 | Updated: 11:41, June 19, 2022
HK to distribute 210,000 RAT kits after virus found in sewage
By Xinhua
Published:09:33, June 19, 2022 Updated:11:41, June 19, 2022 By Xinhua

A couple walk through Nan Lian Garden in Hong Kong on June 2, 2022. (ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)

HONG KONG - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government said Saturday that it will distribute around 210,000 sets of COVID-19 rapid antigen test (RAT) kits as part of a follow-up on the recent detection of the virus in sewage samples.

The test kits will be distributed to residents, cleaning workers and property management staff working in the areas with positive sewage testing results showing relatively high viral loads, in order to help identify infected persons.

The test kits will be distributed to residents, cleaning workers and property management staff working in the areas with positive sewage testing results showing relatively high viral loads

The HKSAR government also urged RAT kit users to report any positive results for COVID-19 via the government's online platform.

In an effort to combat COVID-19, the HKSAR government's Environmental Protection Department and Drainage Services Department have strengthened the sampling of sewage in all districts of Hong Kong for COVID-19 virus testing.

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Hong Kong registered on Saturday 1,160 new confirmed locally transmitted cases of COVID-19 and 116 imported cases, official data showed.  

On Sunday, one COVID-19 case was found during an overnight targeted testing operation in Cheung Sha Wan.

The case was detected at Block 2, Aqua Marine in Cheung Sha Wan after 729 people were tested for the virus.

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