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Electric car supply key to transition

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The roadmap on the popularisation of electric vehicles to be announced next month will be a clear signal for car manufacturers and suppliers to prepare for the transition by increasing supply, Secretary for the Environment KS Wong said today.   At a press conference on the 2021-22 Budget initiatives this morning, Mr Wong pointed out that Hong Kong's target of phasing out conventional petrol private cars in 2035 or earlier was progressive.   “Regarding the phasing out of conventional private vehicles, our target is actually the most progressive in Asia, you have to understand that. And our target is that we would like to set the target of 2035 as the deadline.”   He noted that a good supply of electric vehicles in the private car industry will be a key factor during the transition.   "The meaning of that 2035 is to set a clear signal to car manufacturers and suppliers to Hong Kong th

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18k Yau Ma Tei residents get tested

The Home Affairs Department today said more than 18,000 residents in the specified area in Yau Ma Tei had undergone free COVID-19 testing at venues arranged by the Government from January 16 to 19.   ​The Government published compulsory testing notices on January 15 and 16 for 22 buildings or constructions located within the specified area in Yau Ma Tei at which one or more confirmed cases were found.   The compulsory testing period for the 20 buildings in the specified area expired yesterday, while testing for another two buildings expired today.   The department said preliminary records showed that around 2,220 residents underwent testing in compliance with the compulsory testing notices.   Additionally, more than 16,430 residents took the tests voluntarily at the venues.   From January 16 to 19, more than 18,000 residents underwent testing at the venues.   They took the virus tests at a mobile specimen collection station at Kwun Chung Sports Centre, the mobile specimen collection vehicles at the section of Canton Road between Jordan Road and Saigon Street (also called Jade Street), or the testing centre set up at Henry G Leong Yaumatei Community Centre.
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