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13 building plans approved in Nov

The Buildings Department approved 13 building plans in November - two on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and five in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, eight were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two for commercial developments, one for factory and industrial developments, and two for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 11 building projects which will provide 210,471 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,595 units and 83,060 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for nine building projects.   The department also issued 16 occupation permits - three on Hong Kong Island, five in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 53,034 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 1,355 units and 168,627 sq m for non-domestic use. http://dlvr.it/Sh3Dtw

2 COVID-19 deaths recorded

The Hospital Authority today said two COVID-19 patients have passed away, taking the number of COVID-19 patients who died in public hospitals to 176.   One of the patients, an 83-year-old man, was admitted to Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital for isolation treatment on December 6 due to COVID-19. He required mechanical ventilation due to respiratory failure and was transferred to the intensive care unit on December 11.   After treatment, the patient tested negative for COVID-19 and was released from the isolation order by the Department of Health on December 27. However, his condition continued to deteriorate and he passed away yesterday.   Another male patient, aged 95 with chronic illness, was admitted to United Christian Hospital on January 5 due to shortness of breath.   He subsequently tested positive for the virus. His condition continued to deteriorate and he died last night.
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