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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

Passport issue explained

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government will support any counter measures adopted by the central government on the British National Overseas passport should the UK government deviate from the bilateral agreement on the issue.   Chief Executive Carrie Lam made the remarks ahead of the Executive Council meeting this morning.   Mrs Lam said: “The status of British National Overseas (BN(O)) passport holders was made very clear during the Sino-British negotiations before 1997, and by an explanation from the National People's Congress Standing Committee before the reunification that the BN(O) is a form of travel document. It is not a form of nationality.   “If one side, that is the UK government, tries to deviate from that mutual understanding and bilateral agreement, then of course it’s legitimate for the other side, that is the Central People's Government, to consider any counter measures. And the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government will of course support any counter measures to be adopted by the Central People's Government.”   The Chief Executive also noted that the majority of people in the city are Hong Kong SAR passport holders with the right of abode.   “They are Chinese citizens. At the same time, they are probably in possession of a Hong Kong SAR passport, of which there are about 5.8 million passports in circulation, and they also enjoy the right of abode in Hong Kong, which gives them the various rights as enshrined in the Basic Law.”
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