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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

Outreach jab service in place

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said the Government is enhancing its COVID-19 vaccination service by reaching out to companies to offer on-site vaccination for their employees.   “From today onwards, we are even reaching out to major companies which have a suitable venue for them to assemble their staff, say up to 150 or 200.   “We will send a medical team to provide vaccination to the staff on-site.”   She added that Hong Kong has an ample supply of COVID-19 vaccines, along with a robust network of vaccination centres to serve citizens.   Mrs Lam also noted that recent editorials mentioned that vaccination is a key way of helping society combat COVID-19.   “I am very pleased to read at least two editorials this morning, one in Chinese saying that since we are approaching zero infections, let us do more on vaccination. I think that is an appeal to the people. And then in an English newspaper, it said in light of the Taiwan experience, vaccination is the only way out.”
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