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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

Jab death cases assessed

An expert committee has assessed the 45 death cases with COVID-19 vaccination within 14 days before they passed away and concluded that 26 death cases had no causal relationship with vaccination.   The Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunisation assessed serious adverse events relating to COVID-19 vaccination during its meeting today.   As of September 30, about 8.68 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered to the public.   The Department of Health received 6,108 reports of adverse events, 45 of which were death cases involving people who had received vaccines within 14 days before they died, taking up 0.0005% of the total vaccine doses administered.   So far, the expert committee concluded that 26 death cases had no causal relationship with vaccination, and preliminarily considered that 19 cases were not associated with vaccination.   The committee considered that there is no unusual pattern identified so far, and will continue to closely monitor the situation and collect data for assessment.   According to information from the Hospital Authority, during the period from August 30 to September 26, the ratio of death cases out of those without a vaccination record was 106.6 cases for every 100,000 people, whereas the ratio of death cases for those with a vaccination record was 4.3 cases for every 100,000 people. The overall death rate is similar to that recorded in the past three years.   Based on these figures, there is no evidence that vaccination increases the risk of death for recipients.   Results of the causality assessment of the serious or unexpected adverse events following COVID-19 immunisation will be included in the updated safety monitoring report to be published on the Government’s designated website on October 8.
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