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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

Temporary hospital opens Feb 26

The Hospital Authority today said North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre (HKICC) will open on February 26.   It will mainly accept mild or moderate COVID-19 patients aged between 16 and 65 with appropriate clinical conditions.   Princess Margaret Hospital Associate Consultant (Medicine & Geriatrics) Dr Jacky Chan told reporters at the HKICC media tour ahead of its opening that different categories of patients will be admitted.   “The first category is those new COVID-19 cases from the community, who can be sent here directly from the community. Second, we can receive step-up cases from the AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE). Because nowadays we have a certain amount of patients staying in the AWE requiring further medical assessment, if the HKICC is opened, some of these patients can be transferred here, instead of sending them out to the acute hospitals."   North Lantau Hospital Deputy Hospital Chief Executive Dr Michael Wong explained that the HKICC's laboratory with fully automatic advanced equipment, will conduct COVID-19 tests more effectively and efficiently.   “This machine could process a lot of specimens in a certain period of time. For an eight-hour shift, we could process nearly 1,000 specimens. If we perform it overnight, 24 hours, we could process nearly 4,000 specimens over the day.   “So the throughput is very high. We could perform a lot of testing. We actually have a high demand for testing. Now every patient admitted needs to have COVID-19 screening, so some of these specimens will come here for the testing, not only for HKICC patients.”   Six ward blocks provide 816 isolation beds. In the first phase of opening, 48 isolation beds in Block F are scheduled to receive patients on February 26.
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