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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

CE visits Contact Tracing Offices

Chief Executive Carrie Lam visited the Contact Tracing Offices in Kai Tak and Mong Kok today, the first day of the Lunar New Year, to get an update of contact-tracing of COVID-19 cases and to extend New Year greetings to the office staff.   Mrs Lam first visited the Contact Tracing Office at Kai Tak Community Hall which was set up in January last year and was briefed on its work since the outbreak of the fifth wave of COVID-19 in Hong Kong.   During that wave of the epidemic, the office tracked down the 200 customers related to the cluster from Moon Palace, a restaurant in Festival Walk, which stopped the further spread of the virus.   Mrs Lam thanked staff at the office for their hard work and expressed hope that the community can soon be back to normal after the pandemic is tackled.   The Chief Executive then inspected the Contact Tracing Office in Mong Kok, which was launched in January this year. Commissioner of Correctional Services Woo Ying-ming and Commissioner of Customs & Excise Louise Ho were also there to cheer on their colleagues and extended to them their festival greetings.   Noting that the Correctional Services Department gave its support as early as pandemic began, Mrs Lam thanked the department for providing masks and other supplies which were essential in the early stage of combatting the virus.   The two offices are manned by more than 400 staff members who are mainly deployed from the disciplinary services. They have so far assisted in tracing more than 31,000 contacts of the infection cases, thereby reducing the spread of the virus in the community.   Additionally, over 10,000 serving officers or retirees of the disciplinary services have received training, enabling the Government to deploy more manpower to assist in contact-tracing when needed.   Mrs Lam concluded the visit by expressing thanks to the people for their co-operation.   “I appeal to members of the public again to continue to support the Government's anti-epidemic efforts by staying home and reducing cross-family gatherings as far as possible during the Lunar New Year."
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