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Bay area exam creates opportunities

I am delighted to learn that the inaugural Greater Bay Area Legal Professional Examination was held successfully in Hong Kong today. I am truly grateful to the Ministry of Justice for its policy on implementing the Greater Area Bay exam and related training, and its dedicated efforts all along.   The bay area exam, originally scheduled to be held earlier this year, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ministry then decided to set up new examination venues in Hong Kong in addition to those in Shenzhen and Zhuhai, and signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Justice for the department to co-ordinate with the Hong Kong Examinations & Assessment Authority to handle examination-related work. Such arrangement has brought great convenience to Hong Kong candidates.   Thanks to the ministry’s staunch support all along, the bay area exam was set up in response to the suggestions and aspirations of the Hong Kong legal sector. It will no doubt provide an exten

CE inspects virus detection efforts

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today inspected a sewage sampling site set up by the Drainage Services Department (DSD) to learn more on how to detect the COVID-19 virus via sewage surveillance.       The sewage sampling site she inspected is located in Central & Western District. DSD staff and contractors are tasked with conducting hours-long sampling work at specified outdoor sites upon short notice every day.   Mrs Lam then visited the public health laboratory of the University of Hong Kong where she was briefed on the treatment of sewage samples and the testing process. She talked to researchers and PhD students and noted that they continued to work industriously during the Lunar New Year holidays.   She thanked the cross-disciplinary team of the university and colleagues of government departments for their hard work to fight the virus through sewage surveillance, emphasising that the Government will continue to leverage technology to achieve more in its anti-epidemic work.       The Environmental Protection Department and the DSD have been collaborating with the cross-disciplinary team of the university in the research of sewage surveillance since last year. Following continued improvement and verification, the technology has been applied in monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the community and individual buildings.   From the end of last year till now, the Government has conducted compulsory testing operations on more than 110 buildings with positive sewage testing results, identifying more than 50 confirmed cases.   The Government is seeking to increase the testing capability as soon as possible with the purchase of more equipment and collaboration with other private laboratories.
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