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Balanced approach to curbing virus

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(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive John Lee today said he has asked the Secretary for Health to review the current anti-epidemic measures, aiming to strike a balance between containing the virus spread and reducing the inconvenience to travellers.   Meeting the media this morning before chairing the first meeting of the new-term Executive Council, Mr Lee said the Secretary for Health is considering how the duration of quarantine should be handled.   “I am giving him time to look at the statistics so that he will formulate some options for me to consider.”   At the same time, the Government will strive to keep the COVID-19 pandemic under control and protect those who are more vulnerable to the virus, he noted.   “One of the important measures is to make good use of the polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid test so that we can be certain that we will be able to identify those who are infected early, separate

10 virus cases in restricted areas

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The Government today announced that 10 positive COVID-19 cases were found in the compulsory testing exercises for the restricted areas in Wong Tai Sin and Kwai Chung.   It made restriction-testing declarations yesterday to cover Toi Fung House of Fung Tak Estate in Wong Tai Sin and Kwai Yat House of Kwai Hong Court in Kwai Chung.   Nine positive and two indeterminate cases were detected at Toi Fung House where 1,853 people were tested.   At Kwai Yat House, 828 people underwent testing and one of them tested positive for the virus.   Government staff also visited 1,233 households in the two buildings and will follow up on those who did not answer the door. http://dlvr.it/STMMdJ

Innotech project aid scheme opens

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The Innovation & Technology Commission is inviting applications for the 2022 Innovation & Technology Support Programme (Platform & Seed) until September 30.   The programme provides funding support for platform and seed research and development (R&D) projects undertaken by designated local public research institutes and R&D centres.   Platform projects should be applied R&D ones that are industry-oriented and have potential for commercialisation, while seed projects should be exploratory and forward-looking.   Click here for details. http://dlvr.it/STJVZm

Famous author mourned

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The Culture, Sports & Tourism Bureau expressed its sorrow over the passing of renowned author Ni Kuang and extended its deepest condolences to his family.        Noting that his novels are popular among readers in Hong Kong and have been adapted into television and cinematic productions numerous times, the bureau said Mr Ni will be fondly remembered by the people who enjoy his works. http://dlvr.it/STJVJb

Swap Connect to launch in 6 months

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The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government today welcomed the introduction of Swap Connect, which enables mutual access arrangements between the interest rate swap markets of the Mainland and Hong Kong.   According to a joint announcement by the People’s Bank of China, the Securities & Futures Commission and the Monetary Authority, Swap Connect will be officially launched six months later, following the completion of preparatory work including finalising the relevant rules and system development, and obtaining regulatory approvals.   Swap Connect refers to an arrangement that enables investors to participate in the financial derivatives markets in the Mainland and Hong Kong through a connection between infrastructure institutions in both places.   It will start with northbound trading in the initial phase, allowing Hong Kong and overseas investors to participate in the Mainland’s interbank derivatives market through arrangements in trading, clearing, settlement et

CE opens social media accounts

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Chief Executive John Lee launched a Facebook page, an Instagram account and a Weibo account today to enhance contact and communication with the public.   People are welcome to visit his social media page and accounts. http://dlvr.it/ST8zry

Phase 2 mental health scheme set

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Eligible organisations are invited to apply for funding support for the implementation of mental health projects under the second phase of the Mental Health Initiatives Funding Scheme.   Non-governmental organisations receiving recurrent subvention from the Social Welfare Department, Hong Kong Council of Social Service agency members and tertiary institutions registered under the laws of Hong Kong may submit proposals to the Advisory Committee on Mental Health by August 3 for funding support.   Priority will be accorded to projects that fall into one of the five specified service areas: support for carers, support for children and adolescents with special educational needs, strengthening of family relationship, support for the elderly with mental health needs, and support for bereavement and grief management.   The application assessment will be based on the proposal submitted, taking into account the project’s strength, impact, design and feasibility as well as the applicant org