HONG KONG, April 12 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong will require air travelers from the United States and Europe to have coronavirus tests upon their arrival, and aims at expanding the arrangement in the near future to cover all those arriving from foreign places, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government's secretary for food and health said on Sunday.
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Since April 9, asymptomatic inbound travelers arriving on flights from Britain are required to proceed to the Temporary Specimen Collection Center (TSCC) set up by the HKSAR government's Department of Health at the AsiaWorld-Expo near the Hong Kong International Airport to collect their deep throat saliva samples and wait for the test results there.
Upon the assessment that among the imported cases confirmed in Hong Kong, most of the patients have been to Britain, followed by the United States and other European countries, the arrangement will be expand from April 13 to all asymptomatic inbound travelers arriving on flights from the United States and other areas in Europe.
Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan told the media after attending a radio program on Sunday that the HKSAR government has required all the travelers arriving from overseas have their deep throat saliva samples collected for tests, and those arriving from high-risk areas such as Britain, the United States and other European countries must wait at the specimen collection center for their test results before heading to their accommodations.
If tested positive, they will be arranged for admission to hospital as soon as possible for treatment, while the close contacts who traveled with them will be sent to designated quarantine centers.
For those who tested negative, they can go home or to a designated place to continue completion of the 14-day compulsory quarantine.
The HKSAR government's short-term objective is to extend the arrangement to all inbound travelers covered by the Compulsory Quarantine of Persons Arriving at Hong Kong from Foreign Places Regulation, which took effect on March 19, Chan said.