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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

Home support service fully launched

The Home Affairs Department (HAD) said it has taken over from the Social Welfare Department to fully launch the Home Support Delivery Services.   The home support service assists people pending admission to hospitals or community isolation facilities who need to stay at home, but cannot make their own arrangements for daily necessities and food.   To improve the service, the 24-hour StayHomeSafe hotline 1833 019 has already increased capacity from 100 lines to 280 lines. The number of hotline centres has also been increased from two to three.   There are 540 staff members, mainly from the HAD and the Leisure & Cultural Services Department, deployed to operate the hotlines on a daily basis in three shifts to maintain a 24-hour operation. The centres handle more than 10,000 cases daily.   The home support service now covers 18 districts.   The HAD will further expand and strengthen the hotline service, including setting up a fourth centre and boosting the manning of hotlines up to a maximum of 550 lines.   People under home quarantine are reminded to make their own arrangements for basic daily necessities and food by their relatives and friends or order online or through telephone as far as possible, so that the home support service can better help with the needy.
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