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UK arrivals face tighter rules

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The Government announced today that people arriving from the UK will be subject to tighter quarantine requirements from June 28, including a 21-day compulsory quarantine at designated quarantine hotels.   The UK, currently a Group B specified place, will be specified as a very high-risk (Group A2) specified place with effect from June 28.   All people who have stayed in any Group A2 specified place on the day of boarding for Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day have to present at boarding negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before the aircraft's scheduled time of departure.   They should also present the confirmation of a room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong.   On arrival, they will be subject to the test-and-hold arrangement at the airport, and on confirmation of negative test results, they must board the designated transport arranged by the Government to proceed to the designated quaranti

7 COVID-19 cases identified

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating seven additional COVID-19 cases, one of which is tentatively classified as a locally transmitted case with an unknown source of infection.   All the new cases are with the L452R mutant strain.   The local case involves a 27-year-old male airline ground crew staff member at Hong Kong International Airport, where he had received cargo flight crews.   He lives with his family at Wan Hang House, Wan Tau Tong Estate in Tai Po.   At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre's Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan explained why they did not rule out the possibility that this case was linked to overseas or imported cases.    “This (COVID-19) patient mainly works at the airport. He also has another (job) at the Uptown Plaza as a customer service assistant. He stayed at home and had interaction with his family and some relatives.   “As we (have not had) any variant (cases involving the L452R mutant s

Tung Chung land set for housing

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The Lands Department will resume 294 private lots for the public housing development in Area 46, and other facilities and infrastructure works for the Tung Chung New Town Extension development.   The lots with a total area of about 4.94 hectares will be resumed and land occupied by a grave with an area of about 22.6 sq m will be acquired.   Notices for the land resumption and acquisition were posted today and the lots will revert to the Government on September 25.   The Government will liaise with the relevant land owners and affected households and business undertakings, and properly handle their compensation and rehousing matters.   The public housing development in Area 46 will provide about 1,550 units upon full completion, with the first batch of population intake expected in 2028. http://dlvr.it/S2MZhj

Vaccination case data updated

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The Department of Health said that in the preceding week ending June 20, it received 142 reports of adverse events following COVID-19 immunisation.   Among them, no death case was reported by the Hospital Authority involving individuals who had received vaccines within 14 days before they passed away and had potential association with vaccination.        As at 8pm on June 20, over 3.22 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered to the public.   The department received 3,747 reports of adverse events, 22 of which are death cases with vaccination within 14 days. The figures represented 0.12% and 0.0007% of the total vaccine doses administered.        As at June 20, the Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunisation concluded that six death cases had no causal relationship with vaccination, and preliminarily considered that 15 cases were not associated with vaccination. One case was pending assessment.   The committee considered that

More Basic Law training for teachers

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Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung today said the Government has stepped up Basic Law training for school principals and teachers from the 2020-21 school year and received a positive response to the relevant programmes.   Responding to lawmakers' questions at the Legislative Council today, Mr Yeung noted that training principals and teachers is a priority task for the Education Bureau and it has been providing training programmes on the Basic Law for them.   Relevant work stepped up from the 2020-21 school year included strengthening the contents on the Constitution, the Basic Law and the National Security Law in the core training programmes for newly-joined and in-service teachers and those aspiring for promotion as well as the training programmes for school principals, in which experienced legal experts and academics are invited as speakers.   Additionally, the bureau organised different programmes in collaboration with some organisations in the 2020-21 school year, includ

Infrastructure plays critical role: FS

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When it comes to public works, the forum's theme - cultivating cost-consciousness - is Hong Kong's theme: today and tomorrow. And for good reason.   Infrastructure and the construction industry have long played critical roles in the economic development of Hong Kong. And I can tell you they will also be essential to our post-pandemic economic revival.   Up to last week, the Legislative Council Public Works Subcommittee endorsed around $200 billion for some 80 new capital works projects. Subject to the approval from the LegCo Finance Committee, that amounts to a record-high funding for new public projects within a single Legislative Council session. A fine start, I would say.   In the next few years, our annual capital works expenditure will exceed $100 billion.   Coupled with private development projects, Hong Kong's overall construction volume will increase to some $300 billion a year. That, I believe, makes a clear and compelling statement about this Government

Group gatherings exemption revised

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The Government today gazetted the amendments to relevant regulations on prevention and control of disease to adjust the scope of exempted group gatherings under the vaccine bubble, which will take effect on June 24.   The amendments also provide the legal framework to implement the relevant infection prevention and control measures on cruises when “cruise-to-nowhere” itineraries are resumed.   Announced yesterday, the adjustments to the scope of exempted group gatherings under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation have been approved by the Executive Council today.   In addition, the Government announced in May that “cruise-to-nowhere” itineraries can resume from the end of July at the earliest when cruise companies strictly comply with a set of health control protocols.   To this end, the Prevention & Control of Disease (Requirements & Directions) (Business & Premises) Regulation was amended to incorporate cruise ships i