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Fraudulent certificates deemed invalid

The Government announced today the COVID-19 vaccination medical exemption certificates issued by seven private doctors will not be accepted and will be deemed invalid from October 12.   According to the information provided by Police, the seven private doctors are involved in its arrest operations to date for allegedly abusing the issuance of medical exemption certificates. The legal proceedings are ongoing for some of those cases.   The Government pointed out that according to the eHealth records, the seven private doctors have issued in total over 20,000 medical exemption certificates which are still within the validity period, accounting for more than half of the medical exemption certificates that are still valid.   It has reasonable grounds to suspect that the private doctors concerned did not properly follow the Department of Health’s guidelines when issuing the medical exemption certificates.   In this regard, the Government will no longer accept the medical exemption ce

39 COVID-19 cases identified

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 39 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 38 are locally transmitted.   Among the local cases, 20 have unknown sources of infection.   At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre's Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said it needed to determine whether the virus was being spread through some buildings vertically or horizontally.   “I understand that not only Laguna City (in Lam Tin but also) many buildings in Hong Kong have various construction designs that may contribute to the spread of the (COVID-19) infection through the environment.   “So what we can do is observe all these buildings and the spread (of the virus), and (determine) whether there is any vertical or horizontal spread. Actually, in a few buildings we did find some horizontal spread and we have, in fact, (evacuated) some of the residents nearby. (We) consider them as close contacts (and have sent them) to quarantine camps."   Block 7 of Laguna City is now covered by the compulsory testing notice.   The Government will set up a mobile specimen collection station at Sai Tso Wan Neighbourhood Community Centre in Kwun Tong tomorrow.   To cater for the needs of residents who live far from the testing services, it will also provide free testing to residents on a voluntary basis at the mobile specimen collection stations to be set up at Wang Toi Shan Playground in Pat Heung from January 29 to 30 and Kam Tin Rural Committee from January 31 to February 1.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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