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Artificial island study set

The Government today awarded a consultancy agreement for the study on the artificial islands in the Central Waters to Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong with a contract value of about $220 million.   The Civil Engineering & Development Department said the agreement mainly comprises a detailed planning and engineering study for the 1,000-hectare artificial islands around Kau Yi Chau.   There will also be a feasibility study on the priority road link and the priority rail link connecting the artificial islands.   The study is scheduled to start tomorrow for completion within 42 months.   The artificial islands in the Central Waters is one of the initiatives to increase land supply under the Lantau Tomorrow Vision announced by the Chief Executive in her 2018 Policy Address.   The drive aims to alleviate the acute shortage of land in the medium-to-long run, and to meet Hong Kong’s long-term housing, social and economic development needs. http://dlvr.it/S1lyqs

101 HIV cases reported

A total of 101 additional cases of HIV infection were reported in the first quarter of the year, the Centre for Health Protection announced today.   Of the new cases, 87 were males and 14 were females, bringing the total number of reported HIV infections to 10,886 since 1984.   Fifty people acquired the virus through homosexual or bisexual contact, while 22 cases acquired the infection by heterosexual contact.   The routes of transmission for 29 cases have yet to be determined.   The centre said sex remains the major mode of HIV transmission and people should use condoms consistently and properly to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV.   There were 24 new cases of AIDS reported in the quarter, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,254 since 1985.
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