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Foreign currency reserves up

Hong Kong's foreign currency reserve assets rose to US$423.2 billion in November from October's US$417.2 billion, the Monetary Authority announced today.   The reserve assets represent over five times the currency in circulation or about 42% of Hong Kong dollar M3.   There were no unsettled foreign exchange contracts at the end of November. http://dlvr.it/Sf21yd

64 COVID-19 cases reported

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 64 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 63 are locally transmitted.   Among the local cases, 21 have unknown sources of infection.   The centre's Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan told a press briefing this afternoon that among the unlinked cases, two are in the specified area in Sham Shui Po while two are in Jordan. The remaining cases are from various districts.    She added that three Queen Elizabeth Hospital nurses who tested preliminary positive for COVID-19 yesterday were confirmed today.   Meanwhile, 39 buildings are now covered by compulsory testing notices.   They include Luk Yeung Sun Chuen Block R in Tsuen Wan and Yan Fu House of Tin Fu Court in Tin Shui Wai where confirmed and unlinked cases were found in two or more units, and eight buildings in Kowloon City where sewage samples tested positive.   Other buildings are in the four specified areas in Jordan, Yau Ma Tei/Mong Kok, Hung Hom and Sham Shui Po, where one or more new cases were recorded or sewage samples tested positive.   To facilitate people to undergo mandatory testing, the Government will set up mobile specimen collection stations at Yan Fu House, Wuhu Street Temporary Playground in Hung Hom and Hung Hom Municipal Services Building Sports Centre on January 27.   The service period of the mobile station at Maple Street Playground will be extended to January 30, while the one at Kwun Chung Sports Centre and the mobile specimen collection vehicles at the section of Canton Road between Jordan Road and Saigon Street will also extend their services to February 1.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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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