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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

Former COVID-19 patient jailed

A 63-year-old man was sentenced to immediate imprisonment for four months at the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Courts today for violating the Prevention & Control of Disease Regulation.     He was earlier diagnosed with COVID-19 and admitted to a public hospital for treatment. He left the hospital without permission on December 18 last year and was located by Police two days later.   Under the regulation, a person shall not, knowing that he is a contact or is infected with a specified infectious disease, expose other people to the risk of infection by the person's presence or conduct in any public conveyance or any street, public place, place of entertainment or assembly, club or hotel or by carrying on any trade, business or occupation.   Offenders face a maximum fine of $5,000 and imprisonment for six months.   The Department of Health said public co-operation is the key to stop the spread of the disease in the community. Such irresponsible acts increase the risk of exposing other people to infection.   The Government severely condemns such acts and appeals to the public to adhere to the relevant regulations.
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