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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

6.9k tested in restricted area

About 6,900 people underwent testing at the temporary specimen collection stations in the specified restricted area in Jordan yesterday according to preliminary records, the Government said today.   The Government made a restriction-testing declaration and issued a compulsory testing notice in respect of the Jordan restricted area, requesting people subject to compulsory testing to take the test before midnight yesterday.   Speaking to the media after inspecting the restricted area this morning, Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung thanked the residents for their co-operation and understanding.   He added that the Government is confident the restrictions will be lifted by 6am tomorrow.   “On the basis of what’s happening now, we have confidence that we should be able to do it. Because we have already done screening for around 7,000 people yesterday in terms of COVID-19 testing. I think the number of people coming out today would be relatively small, so the labs can handle the testings.”   Working staff from the Government visited more than 3,240 households in the restricted area yesterday, involving around 6,200 residents. Details of the residents were registered to facilitate follow-up on testing condition in the future.   Home visits will continue today and those who have not undergone testing will be arranged to take the test at specimen collection stations.   Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui joined Mr Cheung during the inspection of the restricted area and emphasised that residents' needs are being met.   “In Hong Kong, we do have meal services for the needy, people with special needs and the elderly. So during this operation, we do have that service. And we do have several hotlines including one for ethnic minorities as well. For any special cases, we would be on the ground to handle them. Basically, we try to accommodate people as best as we can.”
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