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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

Free testing for helpers continues

The Labour Department today announced that it will continue to provide a free COVID-19 testing service for foreign domestic helpers (FDHs).   The department explained that mobile specimen collection stations will continue to be set up at the popular gathering places of FDHs on Sundays in April and the day following Ching Ming Festival, April 5.         Mobile specimen collection stations will be set up at Chater Road Pedestrian Precinct in Central, Hing Fat Street entrance of Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, Lai Chi Kok Park entrance and the Tsuen Wan Park entrance.   The four stations will run from 10am to 5pm and no prior appointment is required.   FDHs should bring their Hong Kong identity cards or passports and register their personal information on the spot at the government website.   If necessary, duty officers can assist in the registration. The testing agent will not acquire or retain participants’ personal information.   Participants will be notified of a negative test result via SMS. Positive cases will be referred to the Centre for Health Protection for follow-up and the Department of Health will contact those confirmed as being infected with the virus.        The Labour Department called on FDHs to participate in the free testing to safeguard their health. It also appealed to employment agencies and employers to arrange for them to receive the free testing service at designated mobile specimen collection stations.   Call 2157 9537 or email the department for enquiries.
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