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GBA rule of law action plan released

The Action Plan on the Construction of Rule of Law in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has been released, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced today.   Secretary for Justice Paul Lam explained that the action plan has two intentions, namely to underpin the guiding principle of “Three Interfaces, Two Connects & One Greater Bay Area”, and strengthen collaboration with the legal and dispute resolution sectors and other stakeholders to effectively implement policy measures set out in the plan.   Through mechanisms, regulatory frameworks and talent – the “three interfaces” – the DoJ said it will promote hardware and software connectivity in constructing rule of law in the bay area, co-operation between the various cities according to their respective strengths, and collaboration between different legal systems, thereby eventually achieving the goal of “one Greater Bay Area”.   Deputy Secretary for Justice Cheung Kwok-kwan, who is also the leading Hong Kong

3 restricted areas set

The Government today made restriction-testing declarations to require people within specified restricted areas in Mong Kok, Hung Hom and Quarry Bay to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing for COVID-19.   These restricted areas include Hoi Yu House, Hoi Fu Court, 2 Hoi Ting Road in Mong Kok, Cheong Lok Mansion, 1G to 1K Baker Street in Hung Hom and Wai Lee Building, 997 King’s Road, not including Manly Plaza, in Quarry Bay.   The declaration for Mong Kok took effect from 7pm, the one for Hung Hom started at 8pm, while the Quarry Bay declaration began at 7.30pm.   Temporary specimen collection stations will be set up at the restricted areas. The Government will request the relevant people to undergo testing before 11.30pm in Hung Hom and 2am on February 8 in Mong Kok and Quarry Bay.   People who need to be tested will be arranged to undergo nucleic acid testing at the specimen collection stations where staff will collect samples through nasal and throat swabs.   The Government will arrange door-to-door specimen collection for those with impaired mobility and seniors.   It aims to finish the exercises in Mong Kok and Quarry Bay at 7am tomorrow and at 6.30am in Hung Hom.   Those in the three restricted areas who have undergone testing from February 5 to 7 and can provide an SMS notification containing the test results are not required to be tested again. However, they must stay in their premises until everyone in the three areas have been tested and the results are mostly ascertained.   Anyone who had been present at the buildings for more than two hours from January 25 to February 7, even if they were not present in the restricted areas at the time the declaration took effect, must undergo compulsory testing by February 9.   The Government has prepared simple food and basic cleaning supplies for residents restricted by the declarations and the Home Affairs Department has set up a hotline at 2835 1473 for residents to make enquiries and seek assistance.   The Social Welfare Department will also assist those affected.
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