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Students triumph at int’l contests

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Two teams of Hong Kong students have achieved excellent results at the 51st International Physics Olympiad and the 62nd International Mathematical Olympiad.   The International Physics Olympiad, organised by Vilnius, Lithuania, was held from July 17 to 24 with around 370 students from 76 countries or regions taking part. The Hong Kong team won three gold and two silver medals.   The gold medallists were Chan Tsz-chun from International Christian Quality Music Secondary & Primary School, Cheng Yat-long from Raimondi College and Lau Sze-chun from Diocesan Boys' School. While Choi Wai-ching from La Salle College and Leung Chun-fung from GT (Ellen Yeung) College won silver.   The International Physics Olympiad, hosted by St Petersburg, Russia, was held from July 14 to 24 with the participation of around 619 students from 107 countries or regions. The Hong Kong team won one gold, three silver and one bronze medal.   Chui Tsz-fung from Diocesan Boys' School won the gold m

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3 imported COVID-19 cases reported

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating three additional COVID-19 cases involving two men who arrived from Tanzania and Russia and a woman who had visited Spain, Greece, Italy and Switzerland prior to arrival.   A total of 25 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, including 24 imported cases and one import-related case.   The centre reminded specified people linked to CentrePoint in Sheung Wan and Leon Court in Wan Chai to undergo compulsory testing tomorrow in accordance with the compulsory testing notice.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage. http://dlvr.it/S4NszK

5.21m vaccine jabs administered

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About 5,214,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 3,006,700 people receiving their first dose and around 2,207,300 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 1,200,700 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 1,806,100 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 905,800 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 1,301,400 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 64,400 people received jabs under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   About 8,900 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 12,000 people received their second dose.                    For the BioNTech vaccine, about 15,100 people received their first dose and about 28,400 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 97%, while it is 99% for the BioNTe

2 imported COVID-19 cases identified

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating two additional COVID-19 cases involving a man and a woman who arrived from the United Arab Emirates and the US.   A total of 24 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, including 23 imported cases and one import-related case.   The centre reminded specified people linked to Chung Mei Building on 149-157 Tai Kok Tsui Road and Block 6, Handsome Court in Tuen Mun to undergo compulsory testing tomorrow in accordance with the compulsory testing notice.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage. http://dlvr.it/S4LDnZ

Elderly jabs message simplified

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The message in the current round of the Outreach Vaccination Arrangement for Residential Care Homes under COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has been simplified in a bid to boost the vaccination rate among the elderly.   Secretary for Labour & Welfare Dr Law Chi-kwong made the remarks after attending a radio programme today.   “We started the first round (of the outreach vaccination arrangement) a couple of months ago, but at that time because of the lack of information and difficulty in making decisions, the vaccination rate was a bit too low we must say.   “We have just started another round, providing more information, simpler information, telling people that if they have been receiving the seasonal influenza vaccination, now they can (have a) COVID-19 vaccine. So we hope that the simplified message would help people to make up their mind (about) vaccination.”   Dr Law was also asked to elaborate on his earlier comments that the labour market should improve further.    “Lo

CE visits Polytechnic University

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam visited Polytechnic University today to learn about its scientific research and meet the senior management to understand the university’s latest developments.   She toured the Precision Robotics Laboratory of the Research Centre for Deep Space Explorations and the University Research Facility in Materials Characterization & Device Fabrication, where she was briefed on the university’s research and applications in aerospace technology and advanced materials.   The university and the China Academy of Space Technology jointly manufactured various advanced space instruments that were adopted in the nation’s lunar and Mars exploration missions.   “The university’s cross-discipline scientific research team has distinguished deep space exploration capability and possesses practical experience in international space missions, contributing to the nation’s aerospace development with encouraging achievements,” she noted.   Mrs Lam then visited the Clean Room

No COVID-19 case in restricted area

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The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercise and enforcement operation for the Tuen Mun restricted area finished today with no confirmed COVID-19 case found.   It made a restriction-testing declaration last night, requiring people living at Block 6 of Handsome Court to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing. About 300 residents were tested.   In the subsequent enforcement operation, around 90 people were checked and 10 were found to have breached the compulsory testing requirement.   Government staff visited about 100 households, of which six did not answer the door. The households concerned should contact the Government as soon as possible to arrange testing.   People who stayed in the building for more than two hours from June 30 to July 22 must undergo compulsory testing by July 24 even if they were not present in the restricted area when the declaration took effect. http://dlvr.it/S4H5x9