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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

Testing in restricted area ends

The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercise and enforcement operation for the restricted area in To Kwa Wan finished today with no confirmed COVID-19 cases found.   After the compulsory testing exercise, 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 on February 9 to make a restriction-testing declaration, requiring people within the specified restricted area to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing.   They had to stay at their premises until all people in the area were tested and the results were mostly ascertained.   Additionally, the Government issued a compulsory testing notice to those who had been at these buildings for more than two hours from January 27 to February 9 to undergo compulsory testing before February 11 even if they were not in the restricted area when the declaration took effect.   It set up temporary specimen collection stations at the restricted area and requested people subject to mandatory testing to have their combined nasal and throat swab samples collected for COVID-19 testing.   About 1,700 residents in the restricted area were tested.   Enforcement actions were carried out immediately after the compulsory testing exercise to verify that all people in the restricted area had undergone testing.   Meanwhile, the Government assigned staff to visit 645 households in the restricted area, of which 37 did not answer the door. Some of them are possibly vacant units.   Those who did not answer the door are urged to contact the Government to arrange testing as soon as possible.
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