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Police today expressed concern over a COVID-19 case in which a 31-year-old male officer preliminarily tested positive for the virus. The Police Tactical Unit officer, stationed in Kowloon West Region, had no travel history over the past 14 days. He felt unwell today and sought medical treatment at a hospital. In the interest of public health, all officers from the same unit will not conduct duties that require interaction with the public before further assessment and recommendation by the Department of Health. All officers working in the Police Tactical Unit Kowloon West Operational Base are required to wear masks and everyone entering police stations must have their body temperature measured. All facilities in the police station and vehicles concerned will be sterilised. Police will also deploy resources flexibly to ensure emergency services are not affected. Officers are reminded to pay attention to personal hygiene and reduce social contact to minimise risks of infection, and consult a doctor and report the case if feeling unwell. Police will continue to maintain close communication with the department and proactively provide information such as the concerned officer's duty record and roster. Arrangements will also be made for close contacts to undergo quarantine at quarantine centres.
posted on Mar 29, 2020 12:00 am
At 3 p.m. at the Hong Kong Observatory : Air temperature : 21 degrees Celsius Relative Humidity : 97 per cent During the past hour the mean UV Index recorded at King's Park : 0.9 Intensity of UV radiation : low The air temperatures at other places were: Hong Kong Observatory21 degrees ; King's Park21 degrees ; Wong Chuk Hang22 degrees ; Ta Kwu Ling19 degrees ; Lau Fau Shan19 degrees ; Tai Po20 degrees ; Sha Tin21 degrees ; Tuen Mun20 degrees ; Tseung Kwan O20 degrees ; Sai Kung21 degrees ; Cheung Chau21 degrees ; Chek Lap Kok20 degrees ; Tsing Yi20 degrees ; Shek Kong20 degrees ; Tsuen Wan Ho Koon19 degrees ; Tsuen Wan Shing Mun Valley20 degrees ; Hong Kong Park21 degrees ; Shau Kei Wan20 degrees ; Kowloon City20 degrees ; Happy Valley21 degrees ; Wong Tai Sin21 degrees ; Stanley21 degrees ; Kwun Tong21 degrees ; Sham Shui Po21 degrees ; Kai Tak Runway Park21 degrees ; Yuen Long Park20 degrees ; Tai Mei Tuk20 degrees . Between 1:45 and 2:45 p.m., the rainfall recorded in various regions were: Eastern District1 to 2 mm; Kowloon City1 to 2 mm; Kwun Tong1 to 2 mm; Wan Chai1 to 2 mm; Wong Tai Sin1 mm; Yau Tsim Mong1 mm; Southern District0 to 3 mm; Islands District0 to 2 mm; Sai Kung0 to 2 mm; Tai Po0 to 2 mm; Central & Western District0 to 1 mm; Kwai Tsing0 to 1 mm; North District0 to 1 mm; Sha Tin0 to 1 mm; Tsuen Wan0 to 1 mm; Yuen Long0 to 1 mm.
posted on Mar 30, 2020 3:02 pm
Communicable Diseases Watch Volume 17, Number 6, Week 11 - 12 (March 8 - March 21, 2020)
posted on Mar 26, 2020 12:00 am
No new cases have been reported in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 17 February 2020 (Figure 1).
posted on Mar 26, 2020 8:00 am
Incorporating city drainage system architecture and flood gauge readings into a statistical framework can help predict flood evolution in situations like hurricanes.
posted on Mar 28, 2020 7:00 am
By Sophie Hares, UNDRR – Americas and the CaribbeanMenaced by increasingly violent hurricanes, Caribbean countries face an enormous bill to better protect themselves disasters and need to weave a web of financing options to help insulate against shocks, said speakers at a regional conference. Boosting lackluster economic growth, ramping up insurance and disaster funds, and embracing the private sector would help bolster countries which needed to invest more in resilience, said speakers at the Comprehensive Disaster Management Conference (CDM11) in Sint Maarten. "Budgeting for disaster should be a must for us all," said Silveria Jacobs, prime minister of Sint Maarten, which was ravaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017. A common disaster fund and a joint insurance plan to protect the small businesses that drive local economies could help the region, she told the conference, organized by the Caribbean Disasters and Emergency Agency (CDEMA). "Government cannot definitely not go it alone… Business resilience drives the economy which ensures that islands can bounce back even faster," said Jacobs, who urged more investment in resilient infrastructure. With many countries heavily indebted, creating layers of risk financing was key if countries are to limit the economic impact of disasters, which could also include flooding, drought, tsunamis and seismic activity, said speakers. Risk financing layers should include funds shaved from national budgets, paired with fast-paying parametric insurance and access to lines of credit, said Ming Zhang, World Bank regional practice manager for urban and disaster risk management. While new insurance products could help protect livelihoods and the fishing industry in the event of disasters, there was more scope to expand insurance to include households and small businesses, said Zhang in an interview. "You cannot set up a contingency fund to address a Category 5 hurricane," said Zhang, who estimates disasters cost the Caribbean 1 percent of its gross domestic product each year. "You need a risk financing strategy… each country should look at different layers and different contingencies, insurance and other mechanisms." While countries such as St. Lucia and Grenada were looking to set up disaster funds bolstered by lines of credit, there needs to be more focus on how money was being spent in the region to better prepare for disasters, he said. More advanced recovery planning was needed to make sure emergency shelters and supplies were available, while strengthening homes and infrastructure could help reduce economic impact down the track, he said. "In the midst of borrowing for public investment, governments need to ensure that these funds are certainly being spent to ensure resilience," said Ronald Jackson, CDEMA executive director, said in an interview. "That's one area that will drive down exposure and be a lower cost to government when these events occur." NO SILVER BULLET Emergency cash payments to small businesses, farmers and the most vulnerable after hurricanes in Barbados and Dominica helped stimulate the local economies and get people back on their feet, said speakers. But countries needed to ensure adequate systems were in place to disperse social protection payments to make sure they reach the right people as quickly as possible, they added. "No single financial instrument is the solution, we have to adopt a risk layering approach," Nicholas Grainger, programme associate at the World Food Programme, told the conference. Given the private sector shells out for up to 85 percent of all investment and absorbs the lion's share of disaster losses, businesses should be closer involved in trying to driving down risk and promoting economic resilience, said speakers. "It's very clear that reducing disaster risk cannot be done by one actor or sector alone," Nahuel Arenas, Deputy Chief of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean, told the conference. "Resilient investment is about integrating risk through business practices and investment decisions." The UNDRR-backed business network, known as The Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies or ARISE, is growing quickly in the Caribbean where companies are increasingly aware that disaster risk reduction (DRR) makes sound business sense, said speakers. Jeffrey Beckles, chief executive of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, said the private sector wanted a greater role in DRR given it was a major employer and driver of growth. It also has a lot to lose. Businesses suffered some 90 percent of the massive losses in the Bahamas caused by Hurricane Dorian in September, he added. "We bring to the table the ability to look further down the road than any single administration," Beckles told the conference. "We bring to the table a much deeper, wider capacity for casting a longer-term strategy for resiliency and prospects for our country's stability," Developing the digital and blue economies, while finding ways to expand the benefits of industries such as tourism could help bolster the region's economy and ultimately make households more resilient, said speakers. "Resilient people build resilient lives, and resilient communities and economies," said Sint Maarten's Jacobs. Related links https://www.cdema.org/cdm11/ https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/caribbean https://cdema.org/ https://www.wfp.org/ https://www.thebahamaschamber.com/
posted on Jan 03, 2020 7:00 am
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