Hong Kong govt mandates Covid-19 testing for the first time

People queueing outside a coronavirus testing centre in Hong Kong yesterday, as a spike in Covid-19 cases brought about tighter restrictions.
People queueing outside a coronavirus testing centre in Hong Kong yesterday, as a spike in Covid-19 cases brought about tighter restrictions.PHOTO: AFP

Hong Kong's government has, for the first time, used its new power to make Covid-19 testing compulsory in the city.

The regulation will start with visitors to 14 dance premises, as a cluster that started at a Wan Chai dance club expands rapidly.

A one-off HK$5,000 (S$867) grant will be provided to locals who test positive to encourage people to get tested and to address livelihood concerns, the government said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 23, 2020, with the headline 'HK govt mandates testing for the first time'. Print Edition | Subscribe