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Highlights this week
LegCo approves the latest anti-epidemic fund package of HK$5.5 billion that will go to COVID-hit sectors (e.g. restaurants, gyms, beauty parlours and cinemas).
The top court rules HK’s mask ban for public gatherings constitutional.
All arrivals to HK from overseas are now required to quarantine at a designated hotel for 21 days (extended from 14 days).
Jimmy Lai’s national security law case is scheduled to be heard by HK’s top court on Thursday (December 31).
The National People’s Congress Standing Committee is reviewing HK’s elections committee and the role of district councillors, and many are expecting an overhaul in both areas.
Wharf Development breaks a record with its US $1.5 billion purchase of a Peak plot, making it the most expensive residential site sold by government tender.
The US puts the Hong Kong Government Flying Service on its blacklist.
Under the radar
The Competition Commission accuses Linde HKO of unlawfully leveraging its market power in the production and supply of medical gases to exclude competition.
Simon Cheng and other Hongkongers in self-imposed exile are behind the ‘shadow parliament’, a new platform for pro-democracy advocates to express their opinions and lobby for international support.
The Right Honourable Lord Patrick Hodge was appointed as a non-permanent judge from another common law jurisdiction of the Court of Final Appeal.
Several appointments were made to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) advisory committees, the Environmental Campaign Committee, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and more.