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The government is getting new add-ons in the form of task forces.
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Health | Doctors plead for a lung donor.
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Policy unit and task forces to enhance government operations
The new administration under Chief Executive John Lee will be setting up a new Chief Executive’s Policy Unit to monitor public sentiment and facilitate unofficial meetings with lawmakers and senior officials on a monthly basis. The goal of these meetings is to build and maintain communication between the two groups.
“Of course I have to take care of public sentiments, the needs of different sectors of Hong Kong, for instance – the aspirations of the middle class as well as the grassroots. I have to be fully aware of all these demands … If I adopt a broad-brush approach, it will create unnecessary problems, so there should be a fine breakdown of different policies that will be thoroughly discussed by my policy unit.”
— Chief Executive John “no broad strokes here” Lee
His administration also plans to put together four task forces that will handle key issues in the SAR. The four issues these groups will handle are:
intergenerational poverty among disadvantaged young people (lead by Chief Secretary Eric Chan)
land supply (lead by Financial Secretary Paul Chan)
district affairs (lead by Deputy Chief Secretary Cheuk Wing-hing)
the production of public housing (lead by Deputy Financial Secretary Michael Wong)
These task forces will be lead by senior officials, all listed above.
Virus ruins our mangoes
Nothing is safe from COVID – not even something as juicy and sweet as the mango.
200 kilograms of mangoes were disposed of after one of nine samples taken tested positive for COVID-19.
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New local cases: 2,672
New imported cases: 143
New deaths: 1
Total deaths: 9,406
Compulsory Testing Notice: 73 places
Of 470,000 applications for the temporary unemployment subsidy scheme, the government has rejected 128,000. This scheme would give a one-off subsidy of $10,000 to the approved applicant.
Doctors really, really need a lung
Doctors have made an emergency appeal for a lung donation that would go to a 32-year-old woman dealing with a serious heart and lung condition. The ideal donor should be someone who is blood type A or O, a similar height to the patient (149 cm), and under 55 years of age.
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