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Land sale plan announced

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Secretary for Development Michael Wong announced the Government's 2021-22 Land Sale Programme today.   Fifteen residential sites are on the list. Four are on Hong Kong Island, one in Kowloon and 10 in the New Territories. They will provide about 6,000 units.   There will be three railway property development projects - two in Tung Chung and one in Tseung Kwan O Pak Shing Kok which can provide about 4,050 flats.   Meanwhile, the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) plans to take forward six projects, providing about 3,170 flats.   Mr Wong said: "Taking also into consideration the forecasted land supply from the projects of the MTR Corporation and the URA, as well as private development/redevelopment projects, the total potential private housing land supply in 2021-22 is estimated to have a capacity to produce about 16,500 flats."   He noted that the actual supply of private housing l

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COVID-19 case explained

The Food & Health Bureau today said it is not unusual in the field of molecular biological testing that virus test results may not be consistently reproducible when a patient is tested repeatedly.   It was responding to media reports about case number 9741 which was confirmed on January 20, and previously underwent COVID-19 testing and received a negative result.   The bureau, having engaged Prof Yuen Kwok-yung, a member of the Expert Advisory Panel and his team at the University of Hong Kong to conduct a review and analysis, announced the results yesterday.   The case number 9741 patient consulted a private doctor on January 13. He had developed symptoms at that time but did not undergo testing.   He went to the community testing centre at Henry G. Leong Yaumatei Community Centre on January 15 and the mobile specimen collection station on Canton Road on January 18 for virus tests. Both returned negative results.   The patient later felt unwell and was sent to hospital on January 18. After admission, the hospital took his nasopharyngeal aspirate and throat swab for testing and he was subsequently confirmed positive.   The analysis found that the patient had a low viral load (Ct value of 33) and the serum antibody test came back positive on January 20, indicating a low risk of spreading the virus.   The upper respiratory tract specimens previously collected from the patient at the community testing centre and mobile specimen collection station showed a viral reaction after re-examination, but the viral load was extremely low (Ct value 39), which exceeded the limit that the common nucleic acid tests can accurately and consistently detect as positive reactions.   Experts estimated that the patient only received sampling for testing many days after the onset of the disease, adding that it would be better if the patient in this case had been tested at the first medical consultation.
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