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No virus cases in restricted area

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The Government today announced that no positive COVID-19 cases were found in the compulsory testing exercise for the restricted area at Block 34 of Heng Fa Chuen in Chai Wan.   It made a restriction-testing declaration yesterday to cover the building where 435 people were tested.   Government staff also visited 152 households there and will follow up on those that did not answer the door. http://dlvr.it/SRFQrJ

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270 COVID-19 cases recorded

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 270 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 116 were detected by nucleic acid tests and 154 were identified via rapid antigen tests.   Among the new cases, 31 are imported while the rest are locally infected.   Since the onset of the fifth wave of the epidemic, 1,199,227 people have contracted the virus. One more patient passed away, bringing the total number of deaths in the fifth wave to 9,163.   Moreover, the Hospital Authority announced that a staff member of Haven of Hope Hospital’s catering department tested positive through a rapid antigen test on Thursday. Contact tracing revealed that four more employees from the same department who had dined or stayed in the same accommodation as the patient had also caught COVID-19. These four staff and seven other staff who have been identified as close contacts will be quarantined.   As a precautionary measure, the hospital’s catering department has temporarily suspended o

1 virus case detected in Sha Tin

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The Government today announced that one positive COVID-19 case and one indeterminate case were found in the compulsory testing exercise for the restricted area at Yu Yan House of Yu Chui Court in Sha Tin.   It made a restriction-testing declaration yesterday to cover the building where about 950 people were tested.   The Centre for Health Protection will follow up on the matter. http://dlvr.it/SRCBrR

Legal collaboration MOU signed

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The Government today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT).   The MOU was signed by Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng and UNIDROIT President Prof Maria Chiara Malaguti at a virtual signing ceremony.   It focuses on the administrative arrangements for collaboration relating to private international law and international commercial law.   This is the second MOU concluded between the Department of Justice and UNIDROIT, following the signing of the first one in May 2021, which put in place the arrangements for seconding Hong Kong legal professionals to the UNIDROIT Secretariat.   Ms Cheng said in her opening remarks that the signing of the joint declaration of intent opened a new chapter in the close co-operation between the two parties, adding that it also laid the foundation for enhanced collaboration in the field of private international law.   She also announced that, under the MOU, the depar

RAT kit distribution continues

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The distribution of free rapid antigen test (RAT) kits to the elderly will be extended till the end of June, the Government announced today.   Around 6 million RAT kits have been distributed by the Government to people aged 60 or above through various elderly service units since the distribution arrangement was launched in mid-April.   The Government explained that in light of the gradual relaxation of social distancing measures and the increase in social activities, it decided to extend the distribution of the free RAT kits till end-June to encourage seniors to undergo voluntary testing from time to time and monitor their health condition.        People aged 60 or above may collect the RAT kits in person at the designated service units. They should bring along their identification documents, Senior Citizen Card or JoyYou Card for verification purposes.   Only five sets of RAT kits can be provided each time. Recipients should not collect the kits on behalf of other people or co

3 virus cases identified in Fanling

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The Government today announced that three positive COVID-19 cases were found in the compulsory testing exercise for the restricted area at Wah Koon House of Wah Sum Estate in Fanling.   It made a restriction-testing declaration yesterday to cover the building where about 1,720 people were tested.   The Centre for Health Protection will follow up on the cases. http://dlvr.it/SR87sC

Views on environmental issues sought

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The Environmental Protection Department said today that it will hold two online public engagement forums in June to solicit views from citizens on the optimisation of the statutory environmental impact assessment (EIA) process.   The Chief Executive announced in the 2021 Policy Address that the Government will conduct a comprehensive review on the EIA Ordinance process.   In March, the department briefed members of the relevant Legislative Council panel and the Advisory Council on Environment on how the statutory process could be enhanced, in order to optimise it, enhance operational efficiency and focus more on environmental outcomes.   The two online public engagement forums will be held on June 8 and June 13 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, with the first one conducted in English and the second one in Cantonese.   Those who are interested can register online by June 2.   Members of the public are also welcome to email their views and suggestions to the department by June 30. http://