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4 imported COVID-19 cases found

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating four additional imported COVID-19 cases, three of which involve the L452R mutant strain while the remaining case’s mutation test result is pending.   The four patients arrived from the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore. All of them tested positive for the virus during quarantine.   A total of 64 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days. One is a local case with an unknown infection source and the rest are imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage. http://dlvr.it/S9x3zz

Mortgage loans down 1.7%

Residential mortgage loans approved in January decreased 1.7% compared with December to $37.8 billion, the Monetary Authority announced today.   Mortgage loans financing primary market transactions fell 22.5% to $5 billion, while those financing secondary market transactions increased 1.5% to $27.1 billion.   Those for refinancing rose 6.8% to $5.8 billion. Mortgage loans drawn down during the month dropped 5.9% to $24.9 billion.   The number of mortgage applications in January increased month-on-month by 15.1% to 13,112.   The outstanding value of mortgage loans increased month-on-month by 0.6% to $1.5909 trillion at the end of January.
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