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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

Rent concession period extended

The Housing Authority's Commercial Properties Committee today approved an extension of the 75% rent concession for eligible non-domestic tenants or licensees for another six months from October 1.   The move ties in with the Government's latest relief measures to sustain the support for businesses and individual sectors as announced by Financial Secretary on August 25.   During this rent concession period, the eligible non-domestic tenants or licensees may continue to apply for concession in full for the days during which their operations at the premises concerned have to be closed under the Government’s anti-epidemic regulations and directions.   To ensure prudent use of resources, the committee decided that supermarkets and superstores would be subject to tenants' application and proof of sales drop in this round of rent concession.   If the tenants of supermarkets or superstores suffer a sales drop during the extended rent concession period compared to that of the same period in the preceding year, concession at the same percentage will be provided to them upon application and production of sales drop proof, capped at 75%.   Eligible tenants or licensees of about 2,500 retail and some 3,300 factory premises, about 70 advertising signboards, around 40 tenancies of bus kiosks and about 4,200 carpark users will benefit from this round of rent concession.   The rent the Housing Authority has foregone for this round of extension is estimated to be around $660 million, while the total rent foregone by it from October 2019 to March 2022 is around $ 2.946 billion.
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