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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

12 COVID-19 cases detected

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 12 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 10 are locally transmitted.   Among the local cases, three have unknown sources of infection including a 35-year-old Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) hair stylist.   At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre's Principal Medical & Health Officer Dr Albert Au noted that the stylist worked in a crowded environment that could advance the spread of the virus.   “Regarding the RTHK hairdresser, when we performed an epidemiological investigation, we found that the COVID-19 related case worked in a powder room with around 300 to 400 sq ft which can accommodate up to 20 to 30 people inside the room. So it is quite a crowded environment to work in.   “During his work he would style hair for the guests and performers and would also use the hair dryer and aerosol gel spray."   Dr Au explained that all those who came into contact with the hair stylist are considered close contacts who require follow-up action.   “First of all, his co-workers working in the same powder room will be regarded as close contacts and also those who were served by him during this infectious period from February 9 to 11. And third, for other guests or performers who stayed inside this room during his presence and without masks or engaged in activities inside the room, they will be regarded as close contacts.   “So we consider all three categories of people I mentioned as close contacts in order to prevent any further spread in the community.”   The Government announced that it will set up mobile specimen collection stations at 15-17 Mody Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, Shek Lei Community Hall, Saddle Ridge Garden in Ma On Shan and Metro City in Tseung Kwan O tomorrow.   Meanwhile, the service period of the mobile specimen collection station at Wong Chuk Hang Sports Centre will be extended to February 21.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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