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Disease committee meets

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Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan today chairs the 13th meeting of the Steering Committee on Prevention & Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD).   Members review the work on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases over the past five years, including the implementation and progress of "Towards 2025: Strategy & Action Plan to Prevent & Control NCD in Hong Kong."   Prof Chan noted that in 2020, the major NCDs, namely cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases accounted for about 55% of all registered deaths.   With the growing and ageing population, the burden imposed by NCDs on Hong Kong will continue to increase, she added.   In May 2018, the Government promulgated the strategy and action plan, which defines nine local targets, with a view to reducing the burden posed by NCDs on the city by 2025.   Over the last four years, the Department of Health, the Hospital Authority and relevant or

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Healthcare enters new chapter

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said primary healthcare development has entered a new chapter under the efforts of the current-term Government.   Mrs Lam made the statement at the District Health Centre - New Journey in Primary Healthcare Ceremony, noting that she advocated in her first Policy Address in 2017 the setting up of District Health Centres (DHCs) that are operated in a brand new mode with a view to enhancing public awareness on preventive healthcare and personal health management through community networks.   To date, DHCs or DHC Expresses have started service in 14 districts. The DHCs will be extended to cover the remaining four districts of Wong Tai Sin, Yuen Long, Southern District and Tsuen Wan, in the next few months.   Mrs Lam noted that upon their presence in all 18 districts within this year, the DHCs and DHC Expresses will serve as the important hardware for promoting the collaboration of primary healthcare services.   She also pointed out that the Food &am

Alfred Sit views robotics centre

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Secretary for Innovation & Technology Alfred Sit today visited the Multi-Scale Medical Robotics Center to learn about its work on transdisciplinary medical robotics research under the support of the InnoHK research clusters.   He watched robotic-assisted surgery performed on a human cadaver and exchanged views with the research team.   Mr Sit said he was glad to see the centre commercialises its technology, and together with its industry partner fosters the development of surgical robots in Hong Kong and translates research innovations into medical practices.   The centre is a member of the InnoHK research clusters, the Government's flagship innovation and technology (I&T) project.   Mr Sit noted that the research clusters have attracted 33 world-renowned universities and research institutes from 11 economies, pooling around 2,000 researchers locally and all over the world that drive research and development, nurture research talent and facilitate Hong Kong's de

814 COVID-19 cases identified

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 814 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 364 were directly identified through nucleic acid tests and 450 via rapid antigen tests which were verified by authorities.   Among the new cases, 106 are imported while the rest are locally infected.   The centre received 10 reports of positive cases from two schools. Face-to-face lessons for the classes involved are proposed to be suspended for one week.   FLM bar on Jervois Street in Sheung Wan registered four more cases, bringing the total number of infections there to 17.   Meanwhile, the Government made a restriction-testing declaration to cover King Man House of Ho Man Tin Estate in Kowloon City. People in the restricted area are required to undergo compulsory testing before the specified deadline.   Due to a number of positive cases and sewage samples detected, 57 specified places are included in a compulsory testing notice. The Government will reopen the mobile spe

HK sees 672 COVID-19 cases

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 672 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 291 were directly identified through nucleic acid tests and 381 via rapid antigen tests which were verified.   Among the new cases, 59 are imported while the rest are locally infected.   The centre also received 106 reports of positive cases from 93 schools, involving 84 students and 22 staff.   Meanwhile, the Government made a restriction-testing declaration to cover Hung Chak House of Hung Fuk Court in Aberdeen. People in the restricted area are required to undergo compulsory testing before the specified deadline.   As there were positive sewage test results with relatively high viral loads in several areas of Central & Western, Tuen Mun and Tai Po districts, respective district offices will distribute COVID-19 rapid test kits to relevant residents as well as cleaning workers and property management staff working there.   For information and health advice on COVID-19,

Youth development body meets

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam today chaired the 10th meeting of the Youth Development Commission (YDC) to review its achievements.   Expressing gratitude to the members for collaborating with the current-term Government to formulate and launch policy initiatives to facilitate young people’s diversified development, Mrs Lam said: “In my first Policy Address since assuming office in 2017, I announced the establishment of the YDC to enhance policy co-ordination within the Government so as to enable holistic and more effective examination of, and discussion on, issues of concern to young people.   “I am pleased to note that members have affirmed and commended the YDC’s work over the past few years.”   At the meeting, members were briefed by relevant policy bureaus about the work progress in promoting youth development. They were pleased to note that the Government has proactively sought stakeholders’ views through the YDC platform and endeavoured to foster cross-bureau and interdepartme

HK Palace Museum to open

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The Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) announced today that it will open to the public on July 2, with general admission tickets for adults priced at $50 and concession tickets at $25.   There are nine galleries at the museum. Seven of them will host thematic exhibitions and the remaining two are devoted to special exhibitions.   People with a general admission ticket can visit thematic exhibitions, while those holding a special exhibition ticket can tour all of the galleries.   An adult special exhibition ticket costs $120, while a concession ticket is $60.   Concession tickets are available to full-time students, children aged seven to 11, citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and one accompanying carer, and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients.   Admission for children aged six or below is free.   To celebrate the museum's opening, the thematic exhibitions will be free of charge every Wednesday during its first year. Visitors are required to