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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

CS under home quarantine

Chief Secretary John Lee and his family will undergo home quarantine for 14 days and undergo medical surveillance, which includes being tested on specified days within the period.   The domestic helper at Mr Lee's home submitted a deep throat saliva specimen for testing and the result was positive. According to guidelines of the Department of Health, the helper is now in home isolation and is pending admission to hospitals or isolation facilities.   In response to media enquiries, the Chief Secretary for Administration's Office today said that subsequent to the negative results indicated by the COVID-19 rapid tests conducted by Mr Lee and his family this morning, their deep throat saliva specimens submitted for tests also showed negative results.   The Chief Secretary for Administration's Office has also arranged thorough cleaning and disinfection for relevant locations, and arranged testing for other relevant staff in accordance with the advice of the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health.   Mr Lee underwent COVID-19 testing before attending the thematic meeting in Shenzhen last weekend, and the result was negative. He attended the Executive Council meeting this morning and wore a surgical mask throughout the meeting.   Mr Lee will work from home during the quarantine period. He plans to attend the debate session on anti-epidemic work at the Legislative Council meeting tomorrow by videoconferencing.
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