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'Silver economy' panel set up

The Commerce & Economic Development Bureau today established the Advisory Panel on Silver Economy and convened its first meeting with the aim of initiating research on the development of Hong Kong’s growing elderly population as a consumer segment.    Chairing the panel, Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Algernon Yau said the elderly demographic was emerging as an important part of the city’s economy.    He highlighted that many products and services designed to enhance the quality of life enjoyed by elderly residents are spurring growth and business opportunities.    Mr Yau added that promoting such products and services can help to foster the development of the so-called silver economy and unleash business potential in the elderly market, whilst also catering to the aspirations and needs of elderly people. He said this would be the advisory panel’s focus.     At today’s meeting, the panel endorsed its terms of reference, reviewed statistics relating to

No virus case in restricted area

The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercise and enforcement operation for the restricted area in Ap Lei Chau finished today with no confirmed COVID-19 cases found.   It exercised the power under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation on April 23 to make a restriction-testing declaration to require people within the specified restricted area at Block 10, Yee Lai Court, South Horizons to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing.   The Government also issued a compulsory testing notice to those who had been present at the building for more than two hours from April 10 to 23 to undergo mandatory testing by April 25 even if they were not at the building when the declaration took effect.   Around 950 residents were tested.   The Government then checked about 260 people’s test records during the enforcement operation at the building. Nobody was found to have not undergone compulsory testing.   It also assigned staff to visit around 330 households in the building, of which about 30 households did not answer the door. Those residents are urged to contact the Government to arrange testing as soon as possible.
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