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270 COVID-19 cases recorded

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 270 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 116 were detected by nucleic acid tests and 154 were identified via rapid antigen tests.   Among the new cases, 31 are imported while the rest are locally infected.   Since the onset of the fifth wave of the epidemic, 1,199,227 people have contracted the virus. One more patient passed away, bringing the total number of deaths in the fifth wave to 9,163.   Moreover, the Hospital Authority announced that a staff member of Haven of Hope Hospital’s catering department tested positive through a rapid antigen test on Thursday. Contact tracing revealed that four more employees from the same department who had dined or stayed in the same accommodation as the patient had also caught COVID-19. These four staff and seven other staff who have been identified as close contacts will be quarantined.   As a precautionary measure, the hospital’s catering department has temporarily suspended o

17 building plans approved in Sept

The Buildings Department approved 17 building plans in September - six on Hong Kong Island, one in Kowloon and 10 in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, nine were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, one was for commercial development, five were for factory and industrial developments and two were for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 12 building projects which will provide 180,439 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 3,129 units, and 23,933 sq m of gross floor area for non-domestic use.   The department also issued 24 occupation permits - six on Hong Kong Island, seven in Kowloon and 11 in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 28,016 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 603 units, and 41,871 sq m for non-domestic use.
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