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Xia Baolong begins HK visit

CPC Central Committee Hong Kong & Macao Work Office Director and State Council Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Director Xia Baolong today arrived in Hong Kong for a seven-day inspection visit.   Upon his arrival at Hong Kong International Airport this morning, Mr Xia toured the Integrated Airport Centre in the company of Chief Executive John Lee, Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki and Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) Chairman Jack So.   Mr Xia was updated by Secretary for Transport & Logistics Lam Sai-hung and AAHK Chief Executive Officer Fred Lam, on the developments of the aviation industry and the latest situation of Hong Kong's development as an international aviation and cargo hub. Mr Xia also inspected the operation of autonomous vehicles at the airport.   In the afternoon, he had an engagement session with Principal Officials and Permanent Secretaries of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government led by Mr Lee.   At another engagement ses

2 isolation facilities repurposed

The Government today announced that the existing community isolation facilities (CIFs) in Tsing Yi and San Tin will be partially modified for short-term use. The arrangements will last for about one year.   The works will begin progressively within this month.   After necessary modifications, the Tsing Yi CIF will provide a venue and ancillary facilities to youth uniformed groups for holding training on flag raising, foot drill and other youth development-related activities.   The Home & Youth Affairs Bureau is liaising with relevant groups on the necessary modifications, the arrangements for using the venue and the facilities. The bureau will monitor the usage situation.   As for the San Tin CIF, upon completion of the necessary modifications, the Development Bureau will arrange for the Construction Industry Council to hold training courses and trade tests, including on-site training on the Modular Integrated Construction method regarding safety legislation, lifting and assembly to support a wider adoption of the method.   The owners of the San Tin CIF's private lots have agreed to continue lending the land for such purposes.   The Government said the proposed uses are beneficial to society, the economy and people's livelihood.   It will continue to review subsequent arrangements for other community isolation and treatment facilities with a view to maintaining its capacity to respond to changes in the epidemic situation while taking into account Hong Kong's economic, livelihood and social needs.

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