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6 virus cases in Mau Chuen Hse

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The Government today announced that six positive COVID-19 cases and three indeterminate cases were found in the compulsory testing exercise for the restricted area concerning Mau Chuen House of Shui Chuen O Estate in Sha Tin.   It made a restriction-testing declaration yesterday to cover the building where around 970 people were tested.   Government staff also visited 483 households there and will follow up on those who did not answer the door. http://dlvr.it/SSypvV

Chan Kwok-ki, Algernon Yau in quarantine

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​Director of Chief Executive’s Office Chan Kwok-ki and Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development (designate) Algernon Yau are undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Centre for Health Protection’s guidelines, the Government said today.   They were identified as close contacts after an assessment by the centre, as Mr Chan’s wife and a friend of Mr Yau had tested preliminary positive for COVID-19.    Both men have regularly conducted COVID-19 rapid antigen tests and the results have been negative. They also tested negative after conducting a COVID-19 rapid antigen test today. http://dlvr.it/SSZsdD

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

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