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New harbourfront space opens

The Development Bureau announced that the Pierside Precinct near Wan Chai Ferry Pier further opened today, providing a nostalgic harbourfront leisure space with a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour for the public.   Being the 12th harbourfront leisure space that opened since October last year, the newly opened area is located to the east of the ferry pier on a harbour site reclaimed for the construction of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass.   The bureau said under the incremental approach, a 180-metre-long promenade of the precinct opened earlier in March, followed by the opening of a further 80m in October.   With an area of about 4,600 sq m, the newly opened part has almost doubled the precinct's original space.   In contrast to the colourful cartoon style adopted at other harbourfront sites opened earlier in Western District and Wan Chai, the precinct mainly comprises simple fair-faced concrete and wooden structures.   It features a stylish touch with its clear and rectiline

39 COVID-19 cases identified

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 39 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 38 are locally transmitted.   Among the local cases, 20 have unknown sources of infection.   At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre's Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said it needed to determine whether the virus was being spread through some buildings vertically or horizontally.   “I understand that not only Laguna City (in Lam Tin but also) many buildings in Hong Kong have various construction designs that may contribute to the spread of the (COVID-19) infection through the environment.   “So what we can do is observe all these buildings and the spread (of the virus), and (determine) whether there is any vertical or horizontal spread. Actually, in a few buildings we did find some horizontal spread and we have, in fact, (evacuated) some of the residents nearby. (We) consider them as close contacts (and have sent them) to quarantine camps."   Block 7 of Laguna City is now covered by the compulsory testing notice.   The Government will set up a mobile specimen collection station at Sai Tso Wan Neighbourhood Community Centre in Kwun Tong tomorrow.   To cater for the needs of residents who live far from the testing services, it will also provide free testing to residents on a voluntary basis at the mobile specimen collection stations to be set up at Wang Toi Shan Playground in Pat Heung from January 29 to 30 and Kam Tin Rural Committee from January 31 to February 1.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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