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The Government today strongly condemned unlawful and selfish acts during unauthorised assemblies in various Kowloon districts. It said that a large number of people ignored Police advice and participated in unauthorised assemblies today. They blocked roads with barricades, threw hard objects at police officers and chanted slogans connoting Hong Kong independence. In its response, the Government noted that participating in unlawful assemblies may breach the Public Order Ordinance and the Prevention & Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation, while acts advocating Hong Kong independence may also breach the National Security Law. Police discharged their rightful duties today and took prompt and decisive action to apprehend the offenders. Regarding views on the National Security Law, the Government said that safeguarding national security by way of legislation is in line with international practice. The enactment of the National Security Law is constitutional, lawful, rational and reasonable, which ensures the resolute, full and faithful implementation of "one country, two systems", "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong" and a high degree of autonomy. The law only targets four types of acts and activities that endanger national security. The vast majority of law-abiding residents in Hong Kong, as well as the rights legitimately exercised by them will not be affected. The Government pointed out that in the two months following the National Security Law's enactment, the stability of society has been restored and members of the public no longer live in terror. As for the Legislative Council General Election, the Government said it is reasonable and in the public interest to postpone it for a year, given that the epidemic is likely to last for a while and preparation work and the voter registration exercise will take months before an election can be held. It also reiterated that the Hong Kong Health Code system was developed to facilitate people crossing the boundary so as to gradually restore livelihood and economic activities. The system does not have any tracking function and fully complies with the requirements of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance. Application of the code is voluntary. The Government noted the COVID-19 outbreak has not yet stabilised, adding that the prime goal now is to stay united and focus resources to fight the virus.
The Correctional Services Department today said that a person in custody at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre (LCKRC) has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. Thorough cleaning and disinfection have been arranged for the locations concerned. It explained that all newly admitted persons in custody will be put under isolation and undergo medical surveillance due to the latest epidemic development. The medical officer at the institution seconded from the Department of Health will conduct COVID-19 testing for them where necessary. The 54-year-old man was ordered by the court on August 21 to be remanded at Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre for psychiatric reports. He was placed under isolation with another newly admitted inmate in the same cell. Throughout the isolation, they had no contact with other inmates and their body temperatures were normal when screened. The inmate concerned was escorted to West Kowloon Magistrates' Court for a hearing and then sent to LCKRC on September 4. Upon arrival, he was found to have physical discomfort and a fever and was sent to hospital for treatment. His preliminarily positive test result was released this morning. The department noted that the patient had worn surgical masks while leaving or entering the institutions. The man isolated in the same cell with him is asymptomatic. His isolation and medicial surveillance will continue. The department has liaised with the Centre for Health Protection to arrange COVID-19 testing for the officers and those in custody.
The Judiciary today said claims made in an anonymous letter about a talk it hosted on July 3 are untrue. In response to media enquiries, the Judiciary said the talk was organised for magistrates by its Hong Kong Judicial Institute on July 3 with the topic "Judicial Impartiality & Public Confidence". It pointed out that the remarks attributed to the speaker in the anonymous letter are untrue. The Chief Justice also did not meet with any magistrates after the talk as alleged in the letter, it added.
An operational event at Yangjiang Nuclear Power Station on August 25 did not affect the plant’s safe operation, the Government said today. The case, reported on the Yangjiang Nuclear Power Company’s website, involved a storage tank level gauge related to a Unit 4 safety system. During a regular check on the gauge, station workers found the storage tank’s true liquid level did not meet the requirements in the guidelines. The liquid level returned to normal on the same day after a refill operation. The unit was in a safe condition throughout the event. The Government said the event was classified as a Level 0 deviation in accordance with the International Nuclear & Radiological Event Scale and relevant nuclear safety regulations, adding that it had no effect on the station’s safe operation, workers’ health, nearby public or the environment.
Police Commissioner Tang Ping-keung today said the force’s actions are based on facts and evidence. Mr Tang made the statement when responding to a reporter’s question this afternoon on the incident that happened at MTR Yuen Long Station on July 21 last year. He said: “We as Police do not have any intent to write or rewrite history. History will judge itself. “Some people alleged that it was an indiscriminate attack and some others said it was on an equal footing. “As police officers, we should focus on evidence and facts. We should not comment too much on other issues.”
Customs today said a Customs Officer has tested positive for COVID-19. The officer mainly performed logistic duties at the China Ferry Terminal and did not have contact with members of the public. He last performed duties on August 23 and sought medical treatment at a hospital on August 24 because he felt unwell. Isolation treatment is being arranged for him after he tested positive for the virus this evening. The officer, who has no recent travel history, wore surgical masks and properly maintained social distancing with people while on duty. His body temperature was normal during work. Customs has liaised with the Centre for Health Protection for arranging officers who have worked with him to undergo COVID-19 testing. The working places concerned have been thoroughly cleaned and sterilised. Cleaning and sterilising measures for all working locations of the department will also be stepped up.
Financial Secretary Paul Chan today attended the topping-out ceremony of the Disciplined Services Quarters for the Fire Services Department at Pak Shing Kok, Tseung Kwan O. He witnessed the installation of the final Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) module atop the building structure. The quarters, built using around 3,800 MiC modules, is the first high-rise building project constructed using concrete MiC in Hong Kong. Being one of the Government’s pilot projects to promote the adoption of MiC, it comprises five blocks of 16 to 17 storeys, providing 648 units in total. Mr Chan said that the Government will continue encouraging the construction industry to adopt MiC through various measures. He expressed hope that such innovative construction method could be more widely used in public housing and hospital projects, with a view to taking the projects forward in a more cost-effective manner and expediting project delivery. Despite the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, the project is expected to be completed about four months earlier than if conventional construction techniques were used. The duration of work and demand for workers on-site has been largely reduced with most labour-intensive and time-consuming processes accomplished in off-site factories, thereby enhancing productivity, quality control and site safety as well as substantially reducing building site waste and environmental nuisances during construction.
The Correctional Services Department today said that none of its officers have been interdicted for having an intimate relationship with the girlfriend of a dangerous drugs trafficker under custody. The department made the statement in response to an unfounded media report that claimed an Assistant Officer has been interdicted. It pointed out no correctional officer is being investigated for having such a relationship and that it has not received a complaint regarding such an incident. The department said it attaches great importance to the conduct, integrity and ethics of its staff, adding it will take action if any staff member violates the law.
Customs today launched an official WeChat account to provide information on vehicle clearance at land boundary control points for the cross-boundary cargo transport industry and private car and coach drivers. Details of the latest clearance arrangements, special clearance reminders as well as points to note for importing and exporting commodities will be available on the platform. Drivers can use the WeChat mobile application to scan the account's QR code to obtain the latest information. The department will inform Road Cargo System users of the account's launch. Promotional leaflets will also be distributed to cross-boundary drivers at land boundary control points. SMS and email channels will continue to be used to convey the latest land boundary control point clearance information to Road Cargo System users.
The Government today announced that Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point (BCP) will commence services on August 26, with cargo clearance facilities to open first for cross-boundary goods vehicles' use. The arrangement was agreed by both Guangdong and Hong Kong in view of the development of the COVID-19 epidemic. At this stage, the new BCP will not be open for other cross-boundary vehicles under the regular quota as well as passenger clearance services to reduce people flow between the Mainland and Hong Kong. Cargo clearance services will be provided between 7am and 10pm daily at the initial stage of the commissioning. Heung Yuen Wai BCP, also called Liantang Port in Shenzhen, is the seventh land-based control point at the Hong Kong-Shenzhen boundary. It is connected to Heung Yuen Wai Highway in Hong Kong and the Shenzhen Eastern Corridor. The Government said cross-boundary goods vehicles currently going to the eastern part of Shenzhen and east Guangdong generally travel through busy roads in Hong Kong and Shenzhen via the existing BCPs at Lok Ma Chau, Man Kam To and Sha Tau Kok. The commissioning of the Heung Yuen Wai BCP will shorten the travelling time between Hong Kong, the eastern part of Shenzhen and east Guangdong and relieve the existing cross-boundary freight traffic, which will facilitate the smooth and efficient operation of cross-boundary logistics. Meanwhile, specimen-taking services for nucleic acid tests will be provided to cross-boundary goods vehicle drivers within the Liantang Port area in Shenzhen. Click here for details on customs clearance for goods vehicles at the Heung Yuen Wai BCP.