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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

Nurse initially tests positive

A Caritas Medical Centre nurse has tested preliminary positive for COVID-19, the Hospital Authority announced today.   The nurse, who works in the Palliative Care Ward, underwent testing for the virus on January 16 due to a mandatory testing order for her residential building. Her test result was preliminary positive that day.   She did not have contact with confirmed COVID-19 patients during her work and her last working day was January 15.   Since she wore appropriate personal protective equipment at work, no patient has been identified as a close contact.   The hospital infection control team has conducted contact tracing and a nurse and a patient care assistant who had meals and spoke with her have been classified as close contacts.   Thorough cleaning and disinfection of her workplace have also been arranged.
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