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Conditional free testing extended

The Food & Health Bureau announced today that the free COVID-19 testing service at community testing centres (CTCs) will continue to be provided to eligible individuals of targeted groups until the end of next January.   In view of the ongoing severe situation of COVID-19 infection, particularly the latest Omicron mutant strain continuing to spread rapidly around the world, the Government will continue to implement the large-scale COVID-19 testing for groups of different risks.   To further guard against the importation of cases, the Government has additionally stepped up the testing arrangement for groups of very high exposure risks since December 15.   Airport staff concerning targeted groups of very high exposure risks are now required to get tested every two days, while working staff of quarantine centres/hotels, designated quarantine hotels/facilities and relevant designated transport must get tested on a daily basis if they have not completed a vaccination course or every two days if they have completed at least one vaccination course.   Separately, in accordance with the latest anti-epidemic measures announced by the Education Bureau, the testing requirement for school staff who have not yet taken their first jab will be further tightened starting next January. They can undergo free testing every three days at CTCs.   People eligible for the free testing should make bookings online for the service at CTCs. Those who have no appointment or do not meet the eligibility or conditions need to pay $240 for testing.