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FS paves way to green, digital future

A number of initiatives and measures aimed at accelerating high-quality development were announced in today’s 2024-25 Budget, with the Government emphasising a move towards a green future and digitalisation.   Explaining that high-quality development spurs ongoing economic innovation and growth whilst conserving the natural environment, Financial Secretary Paul Chan said Hong Kong must pursue opportunities through leveraging its advantages under “one country, two systems”, namely those of enjoying strong support at a national level and being closely connected to other parts of the world.   He stressed that green development involves huge business opportunities and financing needs, as governments and businesses around the world pursue carbon neutrality and green transformation. In addition, he said digitalisation has become a new driving force for economic development, empowering enterprises to enhance efficiency, boost their competitiveness and achieve new growth.   Introdu

CS under home quarantine

Chief Secretary John Lee and his family will undergo home quarantine for 14 days and undergo medical surveillance, which includes being tested on specified days within the period.   The domestic helper at Mr Lee's home submitted a deep throat saliva specimen for testing and the result was positive. According to guidelines of the Department of Health, the helper is now in home isolation and is pending admission to hospitals or isolation facilities.   In response to media enquiries, the Chief Secretary for Administration's Office today said that subsequent to the negative results indicated by the COVID-19 rapid tests conducted by Mr Lee and his family this morning, their deep throat saliva specimens submitted for tests also showed negative results.   The Chief Secretary for Administration's Office has also arranged thorough cleaning and disinfection for relevant locations, and arranged testing for other relevant staff in accordance with the advice of the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health.   Mr Lee underwent COVID-19 testing before attending the thematic meeting in Shenzhen last weekend, and the result was negative. He attended the Executive Council meeting this morning and wore a surgical mask throughout the meeting.   Mr Lee will work from home during the quarantine period. He plans to attend the debate session on anti-epidemic work at the Legislative Council meeting tomorrow by videoconferencing.
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