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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

Health chief promotes vaccination

Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan chaired a round-table discussion today to exchange views with local ethnic minorities (EM) groups and plan on promoting COVID-19 vaccination among the EM community in Hong Kong.   Around 20 local EM leaders and representatives, non-governmental organisations serving the EM community and healthcare professionals attended the discussion.   Prof Chan invited local EM leaders and representatives to provide their views and insights on promoting COVID-19 vaccination to the EM community.   She also appealed for their support to spread the messages to their friends and families and urge them to get vaccinated as early as possible.   The health chief said: "Hong Kong is fortunate to have secured sufficient supplies of COVID-19 vaccines. There is also a choice of vaccines offered.   "Tens of millions of the jabs have been administered worldwide, and both vaccines are proven to be safe, efficacious and of good quality."   She added that the Department of Health has been working closely with its partners to provide regular updates on the latest epidemic situation and solicit their support and collaboration in promoting COVID-19 vaccination.   The department also accords great importance to the dissemination of important information to the EM community.   Health education materials are continuously translated into nine EM languages and made available online, while selected materials are also translated into French, Spanish, Punjabi and Tamil.
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