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Govt to enhance securities trading

It is a pleasure to be here with you today, especially after an accident that has reminded me of the importance of staying vigilant even in relatively peaceful times. Continuously enhancing competitiveness despite good business is also a theme I wish to harp on in today's speech.   Some of you may recall that I last spoke to you in November 2018. That was into the second year of my tenure, witnessing the celebration of the 40th anniversary of our nation's reform and opening up, and the consecutive opening of two major pieces of cross-boundary transport infrastructure - the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. All seemed bright and well. And then we all have some frightening memories of what Hong Kong had gone through in the following two years. Few would disagree that it has been a very challenging period for Hong Kong, particularly with the riots in the latter half of 2019 during which some banks were

7 COVID-19 cases identified

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating seven additional COVID-19 cases, one of which is tentatively classified as a locally transmitted case with an unknown source of infection.   All the new cases are with the L452R mutant strain.   The local case involves a 27-year-old male airline ground crew staff member at Hong Kong International Airport, where he had received cargo flight crews.   He lives with his family at Wan Hang House, Wan Tau Tong Estate in Tai Po.   At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre's Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan explained why they did not rule out the possibility that this case was linked to overseas or imported cases.    “This (COVID-19) patient mainly works at the airport. He also has another (job) at the Uptown Plaza as a customer service assistant. He stayed at home and had interaction with his family and some relatives.   “As we (have not had) any variant (cases involving the L452R mutant strain) in the community so far, we suspect that he had some connection with overseas cases or imported cases.   “So we think that the place where he got the infection is more (than) likely the airport where he worked (at). As for the exact source of infection, it is still under investigation.   “Hopefully, (this) would not start another outbreak. That is why we are putting all his close contacts under quarantine.”   So far, more than 180 people had been put into quarantine, Dr Chuang added.   A total of 26 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, all of which are imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.
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