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Concern over detained HK people

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The Security Bureau today said it attaches great importance to recent incidents in which Hong Kong people were suspected to have been lured to Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar and detained to engage in illegal work.   Since January, the Immigration Department and Police have received 17 and 12 requests for assistance respectively.   After receiving such reports, the Immigration Department's Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit immediately assisted the people concerned to report the cases to the local police upon their requests.   The unit learnt that 12 of the Hong Kong people had left the relevant places safely.   For the assistance seekers who have yet to leave, the unit will actively follow up on their cases and will keep close contact with their family members, the Hong Kong Police Force, the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and the local Chinese embassy or con

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9 virus cases found in restricted area

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The Government today announced that nine positive and 12 indeterminate COVID-19 cases were found in the compulsory testing exercise for the restricted area concerning Block 1 of Fok On Garden in Ma On Shan.   It made a restriction-testing declaration yesterday to cover the building where 790 people were tested.   Government staff also visited 300 households there and will follow up on those who did not answer the door. http://dlvr.it/SWmLqv

29k get consumption voucher

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Around 29,000 people whose cases have been successfully reviewed will receive their first consumption voucher today, the Government said.   They will get an SMS or a mobile app push notification. They may also call 18 5000 to check the review result.   As of last Saturday, the Consumption Voucher Scheme Secretariat has received some 170,000 applications for review. Most of these applications are from people who have submitted valid claim requests for early withdrawal of their Mandatory Provident Fund or benefits under occupational retirement schemes on the ground of permanent departure from Hong Kong. About 104,000 people’s applications for review had been accepted and they got their first voucher on August 7.   The secretariat said the remaining cases are being processed. In general, it will notify the applicants of the review results by SMS within six weeks upon receipt of their application and supporting documents. http://dlvr.it/SWjGMg

CE mourns Ambrose Lee

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Chief Executive John Lee today expressed deep sorrow over the passing of former Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee and extended condolences to his family.   Ambrose Lee was appointed Director of Immigration in 1998 and Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption in 2002. He was appointed Secretary for Security in 2003, a post he held until June 30, 2012.   The Chief Executive said Mr Lee was dedicated to serving the Hong Kong community over the years. During his tenure as Secretary for Security, he made exemplary contributions in such areas as the maintenance of law and order, immigration service, customs control, as well as fire services, correctional services and the government flying services. He also commanded the respect and love of government colleagues and those in the community who had worked with him.   Ambrose Lee continued his dedication to serving the public after leaving the Government in 2012. He carried on with his contribution to the country and

Latest quarantine rules explained

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The “3+4” quarantine arrangement for arrivals to Hong Kong is not a relaxation and inbound travellers must spend three days in hotel quarantine in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 from abroad, Secretary for Health Prof Lo Chung-mau said today.   He made the remarks to reporters after attending a radio programme and explained that there is a difference between local residents who test positive for the virus and inbound travellers.   “The fact is that local residents are already in the community and are already living in their home environment. There is a difference. Whereas for those inbound passengers, they have not yet got into the community, so we have the responsibility to stop them getting into the community. For local residents, when they tested positive, they are already at home, and that is the difference.   “We have to stop the viruses coming from abroad. There is also the possibility of more variants of the virus coming from abroad, and we have to make sure that we p

Special schools stage variety show

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A variety show involving 62 special schools across the city was held today to showcase students’ diverse talent and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s establishment.   The Education Bureau explained that the aim of the large-scale joint school event, titled “Variety Show of Special School Students - Let Your Love Shine 2022”, is to enhance the public’s understanding of special education in Hong Kong.   About 100 students joined the performances that included a dragon dance, fitness exercises, martial arts, a wheelchair dance and a piano trio. In addition, the music video of the theme song, Let Love Shine 2022, sung by students from the 62 schools, was played.   To enable those with hearing and visual impairments to enjoy the festivities, the show was webcast live and barrier-free with sign language interpretation and audio descriptions.   Addressing the ceremony, Secretary for Education Choi Yuk-lin said the Government supports schoo

Mandatory testing detects 3 cases

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The Government today announced that three positive and three indeterminate COVID-19 cases were found in the compulsory testing exercise for the restricted area concerning Block 3 of Harbour Place in Hung Hom. . It made a restriction-testing declaration yesterday to cover the building where about 697 people were tested.   Government staff also visited around 350 households there and will follow up on those who did not answer the door. http://dlvr.it/SWC3P5