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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

4 virus cases found in restricted areas

The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercises and enforcement operations for the restricted areas in Hung Hom, Mong Kok and Quarry Bay finished today with four preliminary positive COVID-19 cases found.   After the compulsory testing exercises, people in the restricted areas who can present SMS notifications with negative test results or are wearing wristbands as proof of having undergone testing can leave the areas.    The Government exercised the power under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation on February 7 to make restriction-testing declarations, requiring people within the two restricted areas to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing.   They had to stay in their homes until everyone in the two areas was tested and the results were mostly ascertained.    Additionally, the Government issued compulsory testing notices to those who had been at these buildings for more than two hours from January 25 to February 7 to undergo compulsory testing before February 9 even if they were not in the restricted areas when the declaration took effect.    It set up temporary specimen collection stations at the restricted areas and requested people subject to mandatory testing to have their combined nasal and throat swab samples collected for COVID-19 testing.   About 370 residents in the Hung Hom restricted area, 1,140 in the Mong Kok one and 860 in Quarry Bay were tested.    Enforcement actions, carried out immediately after the compulsory testing exercises, verified that all people in the restricted areas were tested.    Meanwhile, the Government assigned staff to visit about 1,218 households in the three restricted areas, of which 181 did not answer the door. Some of them are possibly vacant units.    Those who did not answer the door are urged to contact the Government to arrange testing as soon as possible.
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