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Kowloon Central 3D map launched

The Lands Department today launched the 3D Visualisation Map dataset of Kowloon Central and an online application platform Open3Dhk for the public to use free of charge.   To tie in with the development of a smart city, the department started the production of a citywide 3D Visualisation Map in 2021 for release in phases. The first 3D Visualisation Map covering Kowloon East was launched in December 2022.   The Kowloon Central 3D map released today comprises around 9,500 buildings and about 210 individual models of infrastructures, including flyovers, footbridges and subways. It can be downloaded through the Common Spatial Data Infrastructure portal.   Open3Dhk, an online platform transforming a variety of spatial data into user-friendly applications which can support diverse uses by the public, the academia and professionals was also launched today.   Through the interactive functions on the platform, users can view photorealistic 3D city models of Kowloon East and Kowloon Cent

HK grateful for President Xi’s concern

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today thanked President Xi Jinping for his great concern about the fifth wave of the COVID-19 epidemic in Hong Kong and his sincere care for the people of the city.   Expressing her heartfelt gratitude on behalf of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and all the people of Hong Kong in a press statement, Mrs Lam said that by leveraging the central authorities’ support and uniting all sectors of the community, she would lead the Hong Kong SAR Government to fight the epidemic with unwavering determination.   “The central authorities have all along been providing their strongest support for the Hong Kong SAR. The Hong Kong SAR Government will, in accordance with the important instruction of President Xi, assume the main responsibility to stabilise the epidemic situation early as the overriding mission at present, and mobilise all available manpower and resources and adopt all necessary measures to safeguard the lives and health of Hong Kong people and the stability of society.”   With its own continuous efforts, the Hong Kong SAR Government has been striving to contain the virus using a multipronged approach, and enhance the measures to boost its anti-epidemic capability, the Chief Executive pointed out.   However, the rapid development of the disease has put the city under a considerably severe situation and outgrown the Hong Kong SAR Government’s handling capacity.   “At this critical juncture, it is necessary for us to leverage the advantages of ‘one country, two systems’; and to this end, I have submitted to the central authorities a report together with concrete requests for the timely assistance from the central authorities,” she noted.   Riding on the consensus and achievements reached last Saturday from the second Mainland-Hong Kong thematic meeting on the COVID-19 epidemic jointly hosted by Chief Secretary John Lee and Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Deputy Director Huang Liuquan, the work between both sides has begun.   The main areas of work encompass exchange of views among epidemiologists, enhancement of the capacity of nucleic acid testing, construction of community isolation and treatment facilities, and the ensuring of medical supplies and other supplies from the Mainland.   The Chief Executive stressed: “To cope with this wave of the epidemic, the Hong Kong SAR Government has mobilised all available manpower, with different bureaus and departments joining hands with healthcare workers, testing contractors, laboratories, the university team responsible for supporting sewage surveillance, district volunteers and so forth, to form a robust anti-epidemic team.   “With the sincere care of the central authorities as well as the staunch support from the ministries and commissions of the central authorities and the Guangdong Provincial Government, we are determined to work as a team and spare no effort in fighting this epidemic in order for the people of Hong Kong to resume their normal lives early.”

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