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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

Tests in 2 restricted areas end

The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercises and enforcement operations for the restricted areas in To Kwa Wan and Tuen Mun finished today with no confirmed COVID-19 cases found.   After the compulsory testing exercises, people in the restricted areas who can present SMS notifications with negative test results or are wearing wristbands as proof of having undergone testing can leave the areas.   The Government exercised the power under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation on February 6 to make restriction-testing declarations, requiring people within the two restricted areas to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing.   They had to stay in their homes until everyone in the two areas were tested and the results were mostly ascertained.   Additionally, the Government issued compulsory testing notices to those who had been at these buildings for more than two hours from January 24 to February 6 to undergo compulsory testing before February 8 even if they were not present in the restricted areas when the declaration took effect.   It set up temporary specimen collection stations at the restricted areas and requested people subject to mandatory testing to have their combined nasal and throat swab samples collected for COVID-19 testing.   About 175 residents in the Tuen Mun restricted area and 307 in To Kwa Wan were tested.   Enforcement actions, carried out immediately after the compulsory testing exercises, verified that all people in the restricted areas were tested.   Meanwhile, the Government assigned staff to visit about 223 households in the two restricted areas, of which 31 did not answer the door. Some of them are possibly vacant units.   Those who did not answer the door are urged to contact the Government to arrange testing as soon as possible.
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