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Online Covid registration system to launch Monday night

Online Covid registration system to launch Monday night

An online system for Hongkongers who test positive on Covid-19 rapid tests to register their infections officially will launch at 6pm Monday, as the city reports 25,150 new cases today.
Edwin Tsui Lok-kin, controller of the Centre for Health Protection, said the platform allows citizens to make reports on the same day or a day after they test positive. For those who tested positive between February 26 and March 5, they can file their results within a week of the system's launch.

In the registration, people have to provide their personal details as well as their family members'. They have to describe their symptoms and the environment at home. A photo of their rapid test results has to be provided for record.

Hospital Authority will contact them to provide assistance as soon as possible. Those who live in crowded environments will have priority in being assigned to isolation facilities.

Confirmation tests will be arranged for some of those who reported positive rapid test results. Contractors will head to their homes the day they file the reports or a day later, in order to perform a nasal swab PCR test to confirm the rapid test result.

After finishing the registration, members of the public will receive a SMS on their phone. They should click a link there and upload the necessary documents, after which they will get an isolation order for themselves and a quarantine order for their family members.

Tsui said there is no rush for patients to register on the system. Although some of them have recovered since testing positive and may not receive any medical follow up, they are still encouraged to register their results for authorities to better grasp the trends in Covid-19 outbreak.

Citizens who don't know how to register online can make use of a hotline, but it will take longer, he added.

Among the 25,150 new cases reported today, 32 were imported and the others were local infections. Over the past 24 hours, 161 people died.
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