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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

Jab pass plan to expand

The vaccine pass arrangement will be implemented in designated healthcare premises under the Food & Health Bureau, the Department of Health and the Hospital Authority (HA) starting June 13, the Government announced today.   The vaccine pass arrangement is applicable to the 13 types of designated healthcare premises primarily providing non-emergency or non-urgent medical services through appointments, such as HA specialist out-patient clinics, and government dental clinics and orthodontic clinics.   Service users and visitors at designated healthcare premises must present upon request their vaccination record, including recovery record, medical exemption certificate, or the negative result proof of a nucleic acid test that is only applicable to service users for staff members' checking. There is no need to scan the vaccine pass QR code.   Service users and visitors who enter the designated healthcare premises for collecting RAT kits, undergoing COVID-19 testing or receiving COVID-19 vaccination, are exempted from the vaccine pass arrangement.   Under the new arrangement, people who are unvaccinated will be allowed to visit applicable healthcare premises under the vaccine pass and receive general medical services after obtaining the negative result proof of a nucleic acid test.   The vaccine pass arrangement will not be applicable to healthcare premises providing emergency or urgent services, services and healthcare premises providing episodic disease treatments, such as the accident and emergency departments and HA general out-patient clinics. People entering those premises are not required to use the vaccine pass.   it is also not applicable to HA haemodialysis centres, day chemotherapy centres and geriatric day hospitals which have currently implemented a same-day rapid antigen test arrangement with regard to the condition of service users.   The Government said the new arrangement aims to strengthen the immunity barrier for hospitals and public healthcare facilities against COVID-19, protect public healthcare service users, and further encourage citizens to receive COVID-19 vaccination.   The new arrangement, to be introduced through administrative means, will not impede patients and the injured in need to receive emergency or urgent medical services, it emphasised.
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