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Subsidy scheme accepts applications

The Food Courts Subsidy Scheme was launched today and opened for applications to provide financial support to operators of eligible licensed food factories in operation, the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department announced.   Launched under the fourth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund, the scheme will provide a one-off subsidy ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 to licence holders of food factories according to the floor area of the premises as specified on the business operation licence.   The department explained that "food court" means a place inside a shopping mall comprising licensed food factories and an adjoining seating area with tables and chairs or stools provided by the property management or owner of the mall for non-exclusive use by its visitors, which may include patrons of the licensed food factories.   The scheme requires an applicant to make a declaration, including indicating that the food business is still in operation, and if the business is not oper

Hospital reports initial positive case

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Hospital Authority today reported that an isolation ward nurse at North District Hospital preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.   At a press briefing, the authority’s Chief Manager (Clinical Effectiveness & Technology Management) Dr Linda Yu said the nurse took a virus test at a community testing centre on January 19 after feeling unwell for a day.   Dr Yu said the nurse last performed her duties on January 14 and that no patient was identified as a close contact.   “For the nurse who has tested preliminary positive for COVID-19, she worked in the isolation ward at North District Hospital in the recent three months. She all along wore appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) during her work. We understand that she took care of various confirmed cases. Contact tracing and source-finding are still in progress.”   She added that the authority’s current PPE stock can be used for around six months.
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