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CE visits Lingnan University

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam today visited Lingnan University to learn more about its promotion of gerontechnology in society as well as creative digital media learning.   Mrs Lam viewed gerontech products in relation to healthcare, dining, living and commuting at the university’s Jockey Club Gerontech-X Lab.   She also visited the Animation & Digital Arts Lab to find out how it encourages students to make use of digital equipment for creative work.   The Chief Executive then received a briefing on how the university motivates students and teaching staff to leverage technology and cross-sectoral collaboration to meet society’s needs, including through developing a reusable and transparent anti-COVID-19 face mask and a wheelchair handle sensoring system.   Noting that the nation’s 14th Five-Year Plan has stated for the first time the support for Hong Kong to develop as a hub for arts and cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world, Mrs Lam said she believes the

Testing compliance check completed

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The Government today completed a joint enforcement operation on a compulsory testing notice for CentrePoint in Sheung Wan.   The enforcement action was conducted from around 7am to 10.30am by the Central & Western District Office together with Police, the Department of Health and the Auxiliary Medical Service.   About 90 people’s test records were checked during the operation. Among them, 20 people were found to have violated the compulsory testing notice.   Noting that the enforcement process may cause inconvenience to residents, the Government appealed for their understanding as the operation was conducted to stop the spread of COVID-19. http://dlvr.it/S4kCBS

96k private flats forecast

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The projected private flat supply for the next three to four years is 96,000 units, 3,000 more than the previous estimate.   The Transport & Housing Bureau today said there were 12,000 unsold units in completed projects at the end of June.   There were 57,000 units under construction, excluding those pre-sold by developers, and 27,000 units from disposed sites where construction can start any time.   The number of flats under construction in the second quarter was 4,300, while the number of units completed for the period was 6,700. http://dlvr.it/S4kC5c

SJ calls on Beijing ministries

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Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng today met officials from the Public Security, Foreign Affairs and Justice ministries in Beijing.   She also met Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Basic Law Committee of the National People's Congress Standing Committee Chairman Shen Chunyao.   At the morning meeting with Mr Shen, Ms Cheng pointed out that Hong Kong has reverted to a safe, rational and inclusive society after the National Security Law’s implementation, while the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong” is upheld by improving the electoral system.   She also pointed out that the Department of Justice has been conducting different activities to give young people a proper understanding of the basic concepts of the Constitution, the Basic Law and the National Security Law.   The department will organise the second legal summit on the Basic Law next year, Ms Cheng added.    At the meeting with State Councillor and Public Security Minister Zhao Kezhi and Assistant

2 imported COVID-19 cases detected

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating two additional COVID-19 cases involving men who arrived from Tanzania and the US.   Meanwhile, the centre was notified yesterday of a confirmed case in the UK concerning a 46-year-old man who left Hong Kong for London on Cathay Pacific flight CX251 on July 15. His specimen collected on July 17 tested positive for COVID-19. He was asymptomatic. The centre is following up on the case with the British health authority and epidemiological investigations are underway.   As a prudent measure, Rosedale Hotel Hong Kong, Causeway Bay where the patient had stayed during the incubation period was put under a compulsory testing notice last night, requiring people who had been at the venue for more than two hours from July 4 to 28 to get tested on or before July 31.   A total of 25 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days and all of them were imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Gover

Business fund upgraded

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The Trade & Industry Department today announced enhancement measures for the Dedicated Fund on Branding, Upgrading & Domestic Sales (BUD Fund) in support of enterprises’ business development to be rolled out in three phases from tomorrow.   The BUD Fund’s geographical scope will be broadened progressively from 20 economies with which Hong Kong has signed Free Trade Agreements to 37 economies with which Hong Kong has signed Free Trade Agreements and/or Investment Promotion & Protection Agreements.   In the first phase starting tomorrow, the BUD Fund will additionally cover Japan and Korea, and the cumulative funding ceiling per enterprise will be increased from $4 million to $6 million.   The department noted that the enhancements will further help enterprises develop more diversified markets by utilising the better investment protection under the Investment Promotion & Protection Agreements. More funding support will also be provided for enterprises to capture the

5.46m vaccine jabs given

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About 5,464,800 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 3,132,700 people receiving their first dose and around 2,332,100 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 1,238,500 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 1,894,200 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 948,700 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 1,383,400 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 63,100 people received jabs under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   About 10,200 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 11,400 people received their second dose.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 22,700 people received their first dose and about 18,800 people got their second dose   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac and the BioNTech vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 97%.   As of 8pm, about 3,800 people b