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Car phase-out aid deadline extended

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    The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today announced that the deadline for applying for the ex-gratia payment for phasing out Euro IV diesel commercial vehicles (DCVs) will be extended to December 31, 2023.   To improve roadside air quality and better safeguard public health, the EPD launched an ex-gratia payment scheme in 2020 to progressively phase out about 40,000 Euro IV DCVs including goods vehicles, non-franchised buses and light buses by the end of 2027.   Eligible vehicle owners should, during the implementation of the scheme, scrap their Euro IV DCVs through vehicle scrapping companies registered under the scheme. They should then de-register their DCVs with the Transport Department before the deadline. Once the deregistration process is completed, they can apply for the ex-gratia payment within three months.   The EPD explained that it introduced the special arrangement in view of the current economic situation, the operational difficulties faced by trans

RMB stock trading backed

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Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Christopher Hui today expressed his gratitude to various listed issuers in Hong Kong for their support to the proposal of setting up a renminbi (RMB) stock trading counter.   Mr Hui stated that further to the help rendered by the Legislative Council Panel on Financial Affairs regarding the Government's proposed measures to promote the issuance and trading of RMB stocks in Hong Kong and enhance the trading mechanism, a number of listed issuers have also backed the proposal.   Such listed issuers will actively explore the feasibility of setting up a new RMB trading counter for their issued shares.   Mr Hui explained that listed issuers who indicated their support today include Hang Seng Index constituent stocks with promising turnover.   “Their participation is a vote of confidence to the development of RMB securities in Hong Kong, which will be conducive to our promotion work to other issuers, enabling Hong Kong to graduall

Testing compliance check done

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The Government today completed a joint enforcement operation at Block 11, Charming Garden in Mong Kok, which was earlier included in a compulsory testing notice.   The enforcement action was conducted from around 8am to 11.15am by the Innovation, Technology & Industry Bureau and its departments together with Police and the Department of Health.   Out of the 239 people whose records were checked, two had failed to comply with the notice and were issued with a compulsory testing order. http://dlvr.it/SZPp3g

Flu jab booking set

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Community vaccination centres (CVCs) in various districts will offer free seasonal influenza vaccination (SIV) to Hong Kong residents aged 50 or above when they are there for COVID-19 vaccination starting from October 6.   The Government announced today that eligible people can make reservations for receiving both COVID-19 vaccination and SIV through the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme booking system starting from 9am tomorrow.   They may also choose to receive the free SIV on site when they are receiving the COVID-19 jab starting from October 6.   Given that local seasonal influenza activity has been staying at low levels since February 2020, the overall immunity against influenza in the community is at present relatively low, the Government noted.   As the winter flu season is approaching, citizens are strongly urged to complete the recommended dosage of COVID-19 vaccines and the latest seasonal influenza vaccine as early as possible to obtain better protection in the event of

Testing records checked

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The Government today completed a joint enforcement operation at Block 12 of Richland Gardens in Kowloon Bay, which was earlier included in a compulsory testing notice.   The enforcement action was conducted from around 8am to 11am by the Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Bureau together with Police and the Department of Health.   Out of the 269 people whose records were checked, three had failed to comply with the notice. They were issued with a compulsory testing order and a fixed penalty notice of $10,000. http://dlvr.it/SZ0L3V

5.2k local virus cases identified

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is looking into 5,231 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 1,315 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 3,916 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 156 imported cases were found and 12 more patients passed away.   Six residential care homes for the elderly and disabled people logged eight virus cases involving their residents.   There were also 552 positive cases, involving 471 students and 81 staff, filed by 391 schools.   In view of the stabilising local epidemic situation, the centre said it will adjust its risk communication strategy. It announced that from September 25, the press briefing on updates of COVID-19 cases will be suspended.   ​The Hospital Authority announced that it will resume services, including the Saturday and evening clinic services, of four general out-patient clinics from tomorrow.   The authority's eight designated clinics for COVID-19 confirmed cases and tele-consultations

1 more resident comes home safely

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One more Hong Kong resident who had sought help from the Immigration Department has safely returned to Hong Kong from Thailand, the Security Bureau said today.   The individual concerned came back to the city with the aid of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Chinese Embassy in the Kingdom of Cambodia and the bureau’s dedicated task force.   So far, 16 assistance seekers have safely come home under the task force’s co-ordination.   The bureau urged people to contact the Immigration Department as soon as possible if they know or have received information of victims in need of help.   They may use the WhatsApp hotline 5190 8909, contact the department’s Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit at (852) 1868, call the 1868 hotline by network data via the department’s mobile app or submit an Online Assistance Request Form. http://dlvr.it/SYn0Gl