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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

81 COVID-19 cases reported

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 81 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 78 are locally transmitted.    Among the local cases, 35 have unknown sources of infection.    At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre’s Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said 21 of the newly infected patients live in Yau Ma Tei and six live in Sham Shui Po.   Another patient, from the Sheung On Elderly Home in Jordan, tested positive after being placed in a quarantine centre. Dr Chuang explained that there may be a small-scale hidden transmission of COVID-19 in the elderly home.   Dr Chuang added that 26 residents of Kensington Plaza in Jordan had been evacuated and the other residents concerned had been accounted for.   The Department of Health yesterday announced the decision to issue quarantine orders for all asymptomatic residents of the building’s C units on all floors and transfer them to quarantine centres.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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