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Property sales dip 27.5%

The Land Registry recorded 3,189 sale and purchase agreements for all building units received for registration in February, down 27.5% compared with January and 46.7% lower year-on-year.   The total consideration for such agreements in February fell 32.9% from January, to $22.6 billion, while a 48.5% year-on-year decrease was recorded.   Of the agreements, 2,375 were for residential units, down 31.7% from January and 44.5% lower than a year ago.   The total consideration for residential units was $19.1 billion, a decrease of 31.3% compared with January and down 47.9% year-on-year.   There were 276,910 land register searches last month. http://dlvr.it/T3ZqYl

Jabs necessary for airport staff

The latest vaccination requirements for airport staff are for their protection against the health hazard they are exposed to in light of the epidemic situation overseas, Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan said today.   The Airport Authority has announced that targeted groups of workers will be required to receive COVID-19 vaccines, with negative test results no longer a substitute for vaccination.   Speaking to reporters, Prof Chan said: “If we look at the airport, it is a high-risk place, especially when we are having inbound travellers, be it transit or coming to Hong Kong from places where there may be very high risk in terms of the epidemic situation.”   The groups subject to the new requirements include those with close-range contact with arrivals or transfer and transit passengers.   “For those people who are working in the areas whereby they would have close contact with inbound travellers or transit passengers, it is important to protect them and also to ensure that they are vaccinated.”   The vaccination requirements will be effective from September 1.
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