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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

18 virus cases reported

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 18 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 13 are locally transmitted.   Among the local cases, two have unknown sources of infection.   One of the cases involves a 41-year-old woman who is a staff member of the US Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau. She was asymptomatic and last went to work on March 12.   She lives in Dynasty Court, Mid-Levels and underwent virus testing on March 15 under a restriction-testing declaration in respect of a specified restricted area on Old Peak Road. She tested positive that day.   Another untraceable case involves a 38-year-old information technology engineer who lives in 16 Tai Hang Road, Causeway Bay.   He developed runny nose on March 10 and his sample collected on March 14 was positive. He last worked on March 15.   Regarding the five imported cases, the patients arrived from Pakistan, Turkey, Ukraine and the Philippines.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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