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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

No new cases in restricted area

The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercise and enforcement operation for the restricted area in Kwun Tong finished this morning with no positive cases found.   It said from 7.30am, people in the restricted area who can present SMS notifications with negative test results or are wearing wristbands as proof of having undergone testing can leave the area.   The Government exercised the power under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation to make a restriction-testing declaration at 7pm yesterday, requiring people within the specified restricted area at Blocks 5 and 7 at Laguna City in Lam Tin to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing.   They had to stay in their premises until all people in the area were tested and the test results were mostly ascertained.   Additionally, the Government issued a compulsory testing notice earlier to those who had been at the buildings for more than two hours from January 29 to 31 to undergo compulsory testing before 2am today even if they were not present in the restricted area when the declaration took effect.   Eight temporary specimen collection stations were set up in the restricted area to have people's combined nasal and throat swab samples collected for COVID-19 testing.   About 460 residents were tested as at 2am and no new confirmed cases were found.   The Government visited about 394 households. After deducting the households in units E on all floors of Block 5 which have been quarantined, about 60 households did not answer the door, including those with confirmed cases or undergoing quarantine, and some units that are possibly vacant. The Government will take measures to follow up.   It added staff from the Home Affairs Department, the Kwun Tong District Office, Police and the Auxiliary Medical Service were mobilised in this exercise to implement the declaration and enforcement actions.
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