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CE mourns Tong Wai-ki

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam today expressed deep sorrow over the passing of Hong Kong Taoist Association Chairman Tong Wai-ki.   She said Mr Tong was held in high regard, adding that he had been committed to promoting the Taoist religion and Chinese culture and actively participated in social services and charitable activities, making significant contributions over the years.   He was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2013.   "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr Tong. On behalf of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to his family and the Taoist community," Mrs Lam noted.   Acting Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Nip also expressed deep condolences over the passing of Mr Tong.   He commended Mr Tong for dedicating his life in promoting the Taoist religion and uniting the Taoist community while actively participating in charitable services and talent nurturing. http://dlvr.it/SHNxxL

Former flight crew arrested, charged

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Police today arrested and laid charges on two former flight attendants for violating the Prevention & Control of Disease Regulation.   In a statement, the force said their investigation revealed that the duo, while employed by an airline as flight attendants, arrived in Hong Kong from the US on December 24 and 25, 2021.   During medical surveillance, they failed to observe the conditions specified by a health officer by conducting unnecessary activities in contravention of the regulation on December 25 and 27.   Both subsequently tested positive for the COVID-19 Omicron variant and have been discharged from the hospital upon completion of treatment.   Police explained that they took such action after seeking legal advice. The arrestees have been released on bail.   They are liable on conviction to a $5,000 fine and six months’ imprisonment. http://dlvr.it/SHKPSs

Tuen Mun testing exercise done

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The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercise and enforcement operation for the restricted area in Tuen Mun finished today with no positive COVID-19 cases found.   It made a restriction-testing declaration yesterday evening, requiring people within the specified area to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing.   The area covered JC Place Tower 1 in Castle Peak Bay where 380 citizens were tested.   In the subsequent enforcement operation, about 100 people’s test records were checked. Nobody was found to have not undergone mandatory testing.   Government staff also visited around 120 households in the restricted area, of which six did not answer the door. Such households are urged to contact the Government promptly to arrange testing.   According to the compulsory testing notice issued yesterday, those who had stayed in the building within a specified period for more than two hours must undergo testing by tomorrow even if they were not in the restr

No virus cases in restricted areas

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The Government announced today that the compulsory testing exercises and enforcement operations for the two restricted areas in North Point and Tuen Mun finished today with no positive COVID-19 cases found.   It made restriction-testing declarations yesterday evening, requiring people within the two specified areas to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing.   The areas covered Maple Gardens Phase III in North Point and Block 3 of Po Tin Estate in Tuen Mun where 75 and 1,249 citizens were tested.   In the subsequent enforcement operations, about 625 people’s test records were checked. Ten people were found to have not undergone mandatory testing.   Government staff also visited around 966 households in the two restricted areas, of which some 224 did not answer the door. Such households are urged to contact the Government promptly to arrange testing.   According to the compulsory testing notices issued yesterday, those who had stayed in these two buildings within

33 virus cases detected

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 33 additional COVID-19 cases, comprising 27 imported cases, five that are epidemiologically linked with imported cases and one possibly imported-related case.   The centre noted that the possibly import-related case is a 39-year-old woman who is a part-time cabin cleaning worker.   Centre for Health Protection Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said at a press conference this afternoon that more than 10 positive cases were detected on passenger flight CX845 which the woman cleaned on January 4.   The centre will conduct analysis of the whole genome sequencing with the patient’s sample to identify the linkage of previous imported cases.   Meanwhile, the centre detected more than 20 preliminary positive cases today.   One of them lives in Mei Sun Building in Tai Po, where three cases tested positive earlier. These cases involve units D at two different floors.   The centre co-ordinated with rela

Boarding rules for 7 places tightened

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The Government today announced that in view of the detection of Omicron cases, Antigua & Barbuda, Bolivia, Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Laos and Mongolia will all be listed as a Group A specified place from January 11.   Non-Hong Kong residents who have stayed in these places within 21 days will not be allowed to enter the city, the Government said.   Meanwhile, Hong Kong residents who have stayed in these places can only board a flight for Hong Kong if they have been fully vaccinated and hold a recognised COVID-19 jab record.   Upon arrival, they must undergo 21 days of compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel, during which six virus tests have to be conducted. On the 26th day of arrival in Hong Kong, they must also undergo another compulsory test in a community testing centre.   The Government will gazette the updated specifications under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances & Travellers) Regulation to ef

Lawmakers' oaths determined valid

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The Government today announced that Chief Executive Carrie Lam, as oath administrator, has determined that the oaths taken by all 90 Legislative Council members-elect are valid.   The ceremony was held for the seventh-term LegCo members at the Chamber of the LegCo Complex.   The Government noted that Basic Law Article 104 stipulates that, when assuming office, LegCo members must, in accordance with the law, swear to uphold the Basic Law and swear allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.   According to the Interpretation of Article 104 of the Basic Law passed by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on November 7, 2016, the person administering the oath has the duty to ensure that the oath is taken in a lawful manner.   The oath administrator shall determine that an oath taken in compliance with the interpretation and the requirements under the laws of the Hong Kong SAR is valid, and that an oath taken which is not taken in compliance wit