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CE mourns Tong Wai-ki

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today expressed deep sorrow over the passing of Hong Kong Taoist Association Chairman Tong Wai-ki.   She said Mr Tong was held in high regard, adding that he had been committed to promoting the Taoist religion and Chinese culture and actively participated in social services and charitable activities, making significant contributions over the years.   He was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2013.   "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr Tong. On behalf of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to his family and the Taoist community," Mrs Lam noted.   Acting Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Nip also expressed deep condolences over the passing of Mr Tong.   He commended Mr Tong for dedicating his life in promoting the Taoist religion and uniting the Taoist community while actively participating in charitable services and talent nurturing. http://dlvr.it/SHNxxJ

Social distancing rules maintained

The Government today announced that it will maintain the social distancing measures currently in place for 14 days starting August 5.   The Food & Health Bureau noted that the Delta mutant strain ravaging the world has posed incredible challenges to local anti-epidemic efforts.   There is a need for Hong Kong to build up double barriers against COVID-19 by strengthening measures on preventing the importation of cases and enhancing the vaccination rate, the bureau noted.   The existing social distancing measures will be maintained for 14 days before significant progress can be achieved.   Meanwhile, taking into account the operational risk of catering businesses, especially the fact that customers do not wear a mask when consuming food or drinks within the premises, the Government will tighten the testing requirement for staff of catering businesses which adopt the Type B Mode of Operation within August.   The staff will be required to undergo more frequent testing, from the current requirement of testing once every 14 days to testing once every seven days.   Fully vaccinated staff will be regarded as having complied with the testing requirement.   Details will be announced in due course, the bureau added.
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