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Over 3.1k virus cases identified

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 3,172 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 449 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 2,723 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 111 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, seven residential care homes for the elderly and five for disabled people logged 13 cases involving their residents.   The Hospital Authority reported that 20 patients passed away in public hospitals. According to a preliminary analysis, the cause of death for nine patients was related to COVID-19, while that of the remaining 11 patients was unrelated.   It also registered eight more critical cases, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 93.   Separately, to align with the Government’s cancellation of issuing isolation orders from tomorrow, the authority will, starting from the same day, announce at 8.30am and 1pm the information of general out-patient clinics (GOPC) quota reserved for COVID-19

SJ meets legal sector

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng today met members from the legal and dispute resolution sector to listen to their views on how the industry should maximise the opportunities brought about by the Qianhai Plan. The meeting also covered the opportunities made available by the National 14th Five-Year Plan and the Greater Bay Area development.    Ms Cheng pointed out that the outline of the National 14th Five-Year Plan supports Hong Kong to establish itself as the centre for international legal and dispute resolution services in the Asia-Pacific region.   Meanwhile, the Plan for Comprehensive Deepening Reform & Opening Up of the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone, promulgated earlier this month, clearly states a higher level of opening up in legal matters in the zone.   It also mentioned the establishment of an international legal services centre and an international commercial dispute resolution centre.   Ms Cheng noted that as the only common law jurisdiction within the country, Hong Kong shall utilise the unique advantages under “one country, two systems and three jurisdictions” in the bay area, adding that with the central government's support, Hong Kong’s legal and dispute resolution sector has very promising prospects.   The justice chief said the Report on Hong Kong’s Business Environments published by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government reiterates Hong Kong’s institutional strengths under “one country, two systems”, with other inherent strengths remaining intact.   Such strengths include the solid foundation of the rule of law and judicial independence guaranteed by the Basic Law, which provide a safe and vibrant business environment to attract more investments in Hong Kong, and into the Mainland via the city.   The Department of Justice will continue to maintain close contact with the stakeholders to bring out Hong Kong’s best to integrate with the country’s needs and to create synergy with the nation’s development.
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