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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

COVID-19 treatment facility to reopen

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   To cope with a possible rapid surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases, the Hospital Authority today decided to reopen the standby community treatment facility at AsiaWorld-Expo on Sunday to provide 500 beds.   It said facility will receive patients who are asymptomatic or in a relatively stable condition.   If the epidemic deteriorates further, the authority will deploy, in phases, the 1,200 isolation beds and 600 tier-2 isolation beds in public hospitals for the admission of elderly, paediatric and severe patients in particular.   The authority has a stock of personal protective equipment to last more than six months, it added.   In preparation for the treatment of severe patients, there are around 1,500 ventilators in total in various public hospitals.
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