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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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False positive test results probed

The Government said today it has completed the investigation of the false positive virus testing results by private laboratory BGI and requested it to continue to strictly follow the improvement measures to ensure that such an incident will not occur again.   When the Department of Health’s Public Health Laboratory Services Branch conducted confirmatory tests for preliminary positive specimens referred by BGI on January 29, February 1 and 2, it found the COVID-19 testing results of some of these specimens to be negative.   The Hospital Authority arranged new specimens to be collected from these cases for further testing, which also tested negative.   The incident involved 16 false positive results, including eight cases from the Targeted Group Testing Scheme for teaching & non-teaching staff & staff of boarding section of special schools on January 29 and four cases from the compulsory testing arrangement for residents and visitors of Heng Lok House of Tin Heng Estate in Tin Shui Wai on February 1.   The other four cases pertained to specimens collected from a mobile testing station and a community testing centre.   The laboratory has conducted a thorough investigation into the root cause leading to false positive results in accordance with the Government's request, and submitted to the Department of Health on February 11 a report examining the potential areas of lapses, including human error, reagents carryover or contamination and environmental contamination as well as the corrective and improvement measures taken.   The laboratory adopted additional confirmatory tests on preliminary positive specimens as one of the corrective and improvement measures from February 4. It was noted that no further false positive results have been detected from BGI since then.
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