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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

CE meets research assessors

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today met the Research Group, the Research Assessment Exercise Group and the panels under the University Grants Committee (UGC) to discuss their experiences in completing the Research Assessment Exercise 2020.   The meeting was conducted via video conferencing in which Mrs Lam also briefed them on Hong Kong's latest developments in advancing basic scientific research with the support of the country.   The Research Assessment Exercise 2020 came amid the severe COVID-19 epidemic. Noting that the assessments were conducted in strict accordance with international standards, Mrs Lam said she was encouraged by the outstanding performance of the eight UGC-funded universities in the exercise, which is testimony to the international recognition of Hong Kong's research quality.   Research projects completed between October 2013 and September 2019 by the eight universities could participate in the Research Assessment Exercise 2020 regardless of their source of funding.   Assessments were conducted by 361 distinguished international scholars and research end users from various academic fields, of which about 70% were non-local scholars from around the world.   About 16,000 items of research output, 340 research impact case studies and 190 research environment submissions in 13 areas across 41 disciplines were assessed. Among the research projects assessed, 25% were judged to be world leading and a further 45% were judged to be internationally excellent.   The Chief Executive introduced to the participants of the assessment exercise the latest developments of basic scientific research in Hong Kong.   Mrs Lam said that the capability of Hong Kong in innovation and technology (I&T) has been fully recognised by the central authorities with clear support for Hong Kong to develop as an international I&T hub in the National 14th Five-Year Plan.   While noting that Hong Kong has faced unprecedented challenges in the past two years, she said the city's development has been put back on the right track with the support of the central government and added that academic freedom and institutional autonomy are more robust than before.
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