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124 COVID-19 cases reported

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 124 additional COVID-19 cases. More cases were detected in Kwai Chung Estate. There are also more than 70 preliminary positive cases.   Among the newly reported cases, 33 are related to Kwai Chung Estate, bringing the total number of positive and preliminary positive cases in the estate to 276.   One more positive case was found after an earlier confirmed case occurred at Glory Court, Tsuen Wan Garden, both of them live in units 5 but on two different floors. The centre has co-ordinated with related government departments and conducted an inspection today.    It was preliminarily considered that vertical transmission of virus via pipes is involved.   The centre will issue quarantine orders to residents of unit 5 on all floors of the building who resided there during the incubation period of the relevant cases and transfer them to a quarantine facility.   As it is possible that virus might be ejected from the open

Alfred Sit highlights I&T opportunities

Secretary for Innovation & Technology Alfred Sit today updated the business community in Korea on Hong Kong's latest developments and opportunities in innovation and technology (I&T) during a webinar.   Mr Sit highlighted the vast opportunities brought about by the National 14th Five-Year Plan and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and the support Hong Kong provides for technology startups.   He gave a brief account of Hong Kong's vibrant I&T developments, saying that the Government has invested over US$14 billion in the city's I&T along eight major areas in the past four years to enhance its ecosystem.   The Government's efforts have received high acclaim internationally, he added.   Citing Hong Kong as one of the most dynamic startup ecosystems in Asia, Mr Sit said that in six years' time, the number of startups in the city has tripled to around 3,400 in 2020 with 11 unicorns having emerged and a quarter of the startup founders having their country of origin outside Hong Kong.   “This international profile tells that Hong Kong not only provides prospects but also welcomes tech startups irrespective of their country of origin to develop and flourish in Hong Kong,” he noted.   The I&T chief also outlined the opportunities brought about by the Greater Bay Area.   As one of the most open and economically vibrant regions in China, the bay area plays a strategic role in supporting Hong Kong's integration into the overall development of the country.   In addition, the National 14th Five-Year Plan reaffirmed the central government's unwavering support for Hong Kong to consolidate and enhance its competitive advantages in developing into an international I&T hub.   The Government is pressing ahead with the development of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen I&T Park in the Lok Ma Chau Loop, which will be the largest-ever I&T platform in Hong Kong.   It is also working with Shenzhen to develop the Shenzhen-Hong Kong I&T Co-operation Zone with a view to establishing "one zone, two parks" at "one river, two banks" under the auspices of "one country, two systems".   Mr Sit said: “Coupled with the rule of law, Hong Kong's market-oriented economy, comprehensive intellectual property rights protection and a business-friendly environment for startups, this will certainly achieve the synergy effect.”   On attracting global I&T talent, he said the Government has rolled out schemes such as the Global STEM Professorship Scheme to attract internationally renowned scholars and tech talent and contribute to the I&T advancement in Hong Kong and the bay area.   Mr Sit noted that Hong Kong remains a place filled with abundant and exciting opportunities and will continue to prosper as an international I&T hub with a significant degree of influence in the world.   He also welcomed technology companies in Korea to set up a presence in Hong Kong to tap the opportunities.
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