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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

FSD year-end review issued

The Fire Services Department handled a total of 7,557 calls of confirmed COVID-19 cases in 2020, with the involvement of 2,652 ambulance personnel and 37 fire personnel.   Issuing the department's year-end review today, it said among those involved members, 205 had handled infected patients and were subsequently arranged for examination and testing. Three ambulance personnel had been infected and they recovered after hospitalisation.   Furthermore, a total of 80 personnel completed the compulsory quarantine at quarantine centres after handling infected patients.   The department will keep a vigilant watch over the COVID-19 epidemic and maintain close liaison with the Hospital Authority and the Centre for Health Protection and do its utmost to assist the Government in fighting the disease.   Meanwhile, the department received more than 33,000 fire calls in 2020, a drop of 10.6% compared with the previous year. Ambulance calls dropped 16.1% to about 690,000.   Regarding plans for the year ahead, the department said it is actively exploring the use of new technologies to enhance the emergency services.   It will introduce the Implementation of Logistics Solution of Dangerous Drugs to enable effective monitoring of the stock level and expiry date of its dangerous drugs. It also plans to procure firefighting robots to reduce the risks faced by frontline personnel.   The department also plans to install more than 100 automated external defibrillators outside the fire stations and ambulance depots across the city for public access during emergencies.   An estimated 927 fire and ambulance personnel will be recruited this year, including 131 officers and 796 rank-and-file staff.
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