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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

Travel bubble safeguards in place

The travel bubble arrangement between Hong Kong and Singapore includes additional safeguards, but both sides will continue to monitor the COVID-19 epidemic situation, Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau said today.   After attending an event, Mr Yau told reporters Hong Kong was currently enjoying a relatively stable and low-risk situation.   “We have seen the number of cases, particularly those unlinked local cases, come down to a very low level. We hope this will be maintained.   “At the same time, we are also seeing Singapore, despite some cases, by and large staying within the range that we have agreed upon for the suspension or resumption.   “So, at the moment, we are keeping an eye on this development and will see how things go.”   Mr Yau assured travellers that both places have strengthened their safeguards and would be on the alert for any changes in the epidemic situation.   “The most recent agreement has additional built-in safeguards, including an additional three-day observation on the daily number of unlinked local cases at a lower level, and the requirement to stay in the respective cities for 14 days before embarking on the travel bubble without counting the quarantine requirement for those passengers coming from a third place.   “All these are the measures that we have put in place. Of course we will stay very alert. If circumstances get worse, we will see whether there is a need to adjust them; if things are going smoothly, stably and safely, I think it is everybody's wish to have the scheme proceed as planned to be launched on May 26.”
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