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7.2k COVID-19 cases recorded

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 7,212 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 1,544 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 5,668 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 524 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, eight residential care home for the elderly and nine for disabled people logged 27 cases involving their residents and staff.   In addition to reporting that 13 more patients passed away in public hospitals due to the coronavirus, the Hospital Authority registered five more critical patients, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 42.   Due to a number of positive cases, 37 specified places are included in a compulsory testing notice. It also covers another two places in Tung Chung and Cheung Sha Wan where some sewage samples tested positive for the virus.   The Government will reopen the ad-hoc mobile specimen collection stations at Wah Kwai Estate in Pok Fu Lam, Shek Pai Wan Estate in Aberde

CFA Society Hong Kong 30th Anniversary

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CFA Society Hong Kong (the Society) is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its founding in 1992. In celebration of its achievements, the Society rolled out a series of marketing communications programs to increase our brand awareness. The Society shares the mission of CFA Institute in raising the professional and ethical standards of financial analysts and investment practitioners through advocacy and continuing education efforts. In addition to promoting the CFA designation in Hong Kong, the Society aims to provide a forum for members, CFA Institute, other investment practitioners and regulators for networking and the exchange of industry insights and best practices. The Society is led by the Board of Directors, monitored by its Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) and advised by the Advisory Board, providing a broad range of perspectives on issues relating to the Society and protecting the interests of members. The Society is mostly run by member volunteers with the support of a team of fu

LegCo passes motion of thanks

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Chief Executive John Lee today expressed gratitude to the Legislative Council for passing the Motion of Thanks in respect of the Chief Executive's 2022 Policy Address.   Noting that the Policy Address was compiled with the commitment of his team and himself to chart a brighter tomorrow for Hong Kong, Mr Lee said many policy measures proposed were formulated after heeding and giving careful consideration to views expressed by the public and different parties.   “This is a Policy Address for Hong Kong citizens. I express my gratitude to Legislative Council members for offering views on various measures in the Policy Address during the debate for three consecutive days, especially for their suggestions on different arenas,” Mr Lee said.   They are related to further improving governance, creating strong impetus for growth, attracting businesses and talent, fostering innovation and technology as well as cultural infrastructure, addressing people's concerns and working togethe

HK reports 5.3k virus cases

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is looking into 5,331 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 1,266 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 4,065 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 392 imported cases were detected.   Meanwhile, six residential care homes for the elderly and four for disabled people logged 25 virus cases involving their residents and staff.   In addition to reporting that six patients passed away in public hospitals due to the coronavirus, the Hospital Authority registered five more critical patients, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 32.   Due to a number of positive cases, 45 specified places are included in a compulsory testing notice. It also covers another three places in Kwai Chung, Ap Lei Chau and Tuen Mun where some sewage samples tested positive for the virus.   The Government will reopen the ad-hoc mobile specimen collection stations at Ka Lung Court in Tin Wan tomorrow.   As there were

October sunnier than usual

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October was sunnier than usual in Hong Kong, mainly due to the stronger than normal subtropical ridge over southern China, the Hong Kong Observatory said today.   The duration of bright sunshine in the month was 241 hours, 43.2 hours above normal.   The mean maximum temperature of 29.5 degrees Celsius and the mean temperature of 26.2 degrees Celsius were 1.4 degrees and 0.5 degrees above their corresponding normal figures, and were one of the highest and one of the eighth highest on record for October respectively.   The month was also drier than usual with a monthly rainfall of only 49.9mm, about 41% of the normal figure.   The accumulated rainfall this year up to October was 2,048.9mm, about 13% lower than the normal figure for the same period.   The maximum temperature at the observatory rose to 33.5 degrees Celsius in the afternoon on October 4, the highest of the month and marking the hottest Chung Yeung Festival on record.   Under the combined effect of the northeast

FS to attend summit

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Financial Secretary Paul Chan will attend the Global Financial Leaders’ Investment Summit tomorrow after the Centre for Health Protection determined that his infection case was a recovered one and isolation was not required.   Mr Chan took a PCR test at Hong Kong International Airport after arrival, and left the airport under the “test-and-go” arrangement.   He went through the procedures in line with the entry quarantine requirements for those arriving in Hong Kong from overseas regions.   Having assessed Mr Chan’s case and evaluated the PCR test results, the centre considered that it was a recovered case and was not contagious.   The Financial Secretary will attend the summit the next day but will not take part in meals. http://dlvr.it/Sc5CJ5

Treasury chief attends APEC meeting

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Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Christopher Hui today attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Finance Ministers' Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. He joined various sessions to discuss major issues such as the global economic and financial outlook, sustainable finance and cross-boundary payments and remittances.   Hong Kong has lifted its relevant quarantine arrangement since September 26 this year and has witnessed a considerable increase in the total number of incoming passengers, Mr Hui said, adding that business in Hong Kong has been normal.   While the finance ministers' meeting is held at a time when the global economy is facing immense headwinds such as monetary policy tightening and soaring inflation, Mr Hui shared the importance of decarbonisation, diversification and digitalisation as the pathway to a sustainable and resilient recovery.   He introduced to the meeting Hong Kong's efforts in combating climate change and achieving