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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

LeaveHomeSafe app to be enhanced

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The LeaveHomeSafe mobile app's functions will be enhanced to step up the Government’s anti-epidemic efforts, Deputy Government Chief Information Officer Tony Wong said today.   During a press briefing this afternoon, Mr Wong explained that the new functions would include alerts on venues or locations under compulsory testing orders that would be sent to the user.   He emphasised that the planned enhancements aimed to boost the Government’s capability to combat COVID-19 and would not comprise users’ privacy.   “This mobile app is an exposure notification app. It was never meant to be a contact tracing tool. We did not install any tracing components in the app.   “It is purely a digital tool to assist citizens to record their visit history of different venues and to provide exposure notification, in case he or she had close contact or appeared in the same venue with a confirmed COVID-19 case.”   Mr Wong added that the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app has been downloaded over 2.96 million times, with the majority of downloads in Hong Kong.   “We did a rather comprehensive check of this mobile app’s download rate from around the world. Our finding is that over 97% of the downloads are from Hong Kong app stores. The remaining 2% to 3% are from other app stores around the world.”
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