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More HZMB private car quotas set

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The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

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HK sees 2.2k COVID-19 cases

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is looking into 2,265 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 481 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 1,784 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 30 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, eight residential care homes for the elderly and three for disabled people logged 17 cases involving their residents and three staff infections.   The Hospital Authority reported that 27 patients passed away in public hospitals. According to a preliminary analysis, the cause of death of 10 patients was related to COVID-19, while that of the remaining 17 patients was unrelated.   It also registered 11 more critical patients, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 124.   As there were positive sewage test results with relatively high viral loads in several areas of Sai Kung and Kwai Tsing districts, the respective district offices will distribute COVID-19 rapid test kits to relevant residents as wel

1.9k COVID-19 cases found 

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is looking into 1,950 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 455 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 1,495 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 37 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, 22 residential care homes for the elderly and two for disabled people logged 33 cases involving their residents and two staff infections.   The Hospital Authority reported that 36 patients passed away in public hospitals. According to a preliminary analysis, the cause of death of 18 patients was related to COVID-19, while that of the remaining 18 patients was unrelated.   It also registered 11 more critical patients, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 130.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage. http://dlvr.it/ShPjFX

2.6k coronavirus cases reported

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 2,676 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 638 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 2,038 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 61 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, nine residential care homes for the elderly and three for disabled people logged 22 cases involving their residents and two staff infections.   The Hospital Authority reported that 37 patients passed away in public hospitals. According to a preliminary analysis, the cause of death of 13 patients was related to COVID-19, while that of the remaining 24 patients was unrelated.   It also registered 11 more critical patients, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 134.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage. http://dlvr.it/ShHzJq

HK logs 3.4k COVID-19 cases

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 3,420 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 740 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 2,680 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 87 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, 16 residential care homes for the elderly and five for disabled people logged 30 cases involving their residents and two staff infections.   The Hospital Authority reported that 23 patients passed away in public hospitals. According to a preliminary analysis, the cause of death of 11 patients was related to COVID-19, while that of the remaining 12 patients was unrelated.   It also registered 12 more critical patients, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 138.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage. http://dlvr.it/ShFxj9

13 building plans approved in Nov

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The Buildings Department approved 13 building plans in November - two on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and five in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, eight were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two for commercial developments, one for factory and industrial developments, and two for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 11 building projects which will provide 210,471 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,595 units and 83,060 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for nine building projects.   The department also issued 16 occupation permits - three on Hong Kong Island, five in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 53,034 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 1,355 units and 168,627 sq m for non-domestic use. http://dlvr.it/Sh3Dtk

CE welcomes new liaison chief

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Chief Executive John Lee today welcomed Zheng Yanxiong on his new posts as Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government (LOCPG) in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and National Security Adviser to the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the Hong Kong SAR.   Mr Lee issued a statement on Mr Zheng's appointment by the State Council.   He noted that Mr Zheng became the first Head of the Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong SAR in July 2020 and led the office in performing its mandate of safeguarding national security in accordance with the law, effectively coordinating with the Hong Kong SAR Committee on National Security, as well as overseeing and guiding the city's work in safeguarding national security.   “I have every confidence that Mr Zheng will lead the LOCPG in continuing to support the Hong Kong SAR Government's governance in accordance with the law, and t