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RMB stock trading backed

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

2 restricted areas set

The Government today made restriction-testing declarations to require people within specified restricted areas in Tuen Mun and To Kwa Wan to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing for COVID-19.   The restricted areas include Tower 9, Hong Kong Gold Coast Phase 2, 1 Castle Peak Road in Tuen Mun and Wah Fat Building, 4-6 Ma Hang Chung Road in To Kwa Wan.   The declaration for Tuen Mun took effect from 8.30pm, while To Kwa Wan’s took effect at 8pm.   Temporary specimen collection stations will be set up at the restricted areas. The Government will request people subject to compulsory testing to undergo testing before 2am on February 7 in Tuen Mun and midnight in To Kwa Wan.   People who need to be tested will be arranged to undergo nucleic acid testing at the specimen collection stations where staff will collect samples through combined nasal and throat swabs.   The Government will arrange door-to-door specimen collection for those with impaired mobility and seniors.   It aims to end both exercises at about 7am tomorrow.   People in both restricted areas who have undergone testing from February 4 to 6 and can provide the SMS notification containing the test results are not required to be tested again. However, they must stay in their premises until all people in both areas have been tested and the results are mostly ascertained.    Anyone who had been present at the buildings for more than two hours from January 24 to February 6, even if they were not present in the restricted areas at the time the declaration took effect, must undergo compulsory testing by February 8.   The Government has prepared simple food and basic cleaning supplies for residents restricted by the declarations. The Home Affairs Department has set up a hotline 2835 1473 for residents to make enquiries and seek assistance.   The Social Welfare Department will also assist those affected.
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