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Latest quarantine rules explained

The “3+4” quarantine arrangement for arrivals to Hong Kong is not a relaxation and inbound travellers must spend three days in hotel quarantine in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 from abroad, Secretary for Health Prof Lo Chung-mau said today.   He made the remarks to reporters after attending a radio programme and explained that there is a difference between local residents who test positive for the virus and inbound travellers.   “The fact is that local residents are already in the community and are already living in their home environment. There is a difference. Whereas for those inbound passengers, they have not yet got into the community, so we have the responsibility to stop them getting into the community. For local residents, when they tested positive, they are already at home, and that is the difference.   “We have to stop the viruses coming from abroad. There is also the possibility of more variants of the virus coming from abroad, and we have to make sure that we p

889 people receive honours, medals

The Government today announced the 2022 Honours List appointments. Seven people, including Chief Executive John Lee, received the Grand Bauhinia Medal awarded by former Chief Executive Carrie Lam.   Mr Lee is awarded the medal in recognition of his dedicated and distinguished public service over the past 44 years, particularly his sterling contributions during his tenure as the Secretary for Security and the Chief Secretary.   The six other Grand Bauhinia Medal awardees include Tommy Cheung, Roberto Ribeiro, Liao Cheung-sing, Wong Ying-wai, Peter Lam and Ng Leung-ho.   Meanwhile, 25 people received the Gold Bauhinia Star, 28 the Silver Bauhinia Star, and 45 the Bronze Bauhinia Star.   One person got the Silver Medal for Bravery, 13 people were awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for disciplined services & the Independent Commission Against Corruption, and 48 the Meritorious Service Medals for disciplined services & the Independent Commission Against Corruption.   Furthermore, 115 people received the Medal of Honour, 231 the Chief Executive’s Commendation for Community Service and 376 the Chief Executive’s Commendation for Government/Public Service.   The Government pointed out that this year’s total number of recipients is the highest since the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Among them, 493 people are those who have made significant contributions to the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.   Mrs Lam is grateful to all awardees for their contributions and hopes that they will continue to excel in their own fields and serve the community. With over 30 people on this year’s Honours List from the sports sector, she is particularly happy with the unprecedented outstanding achievements of Hong Kong athletes and coaches in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games and other major sports event.   Separately, 50 Justices of the Peace are appointed, including 38 Non-official JPs and 12 Official JPs.   The presentation ceremony for the awards will be held later this year.
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