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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

8 COVID-19 cases detected

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) today said it is investigating eight additional COVID-19 cases, one of which is locally transmitted with an unknown source of infection.   The local case involves a 22-year-old male Baptist University student who lives in Block 7 of Fullview Garden in Chai Wan. He developed symptoms on March 25 and underwent a COVID-19 test the next day.   The patient attended school on March 18 and 22, during which he visited three of the university’s buildings. The CHP is requiring those who had been present at these buildings to get tested.   Apart from these three buildings, 27 buildings with sewage samples that have tested positive for the virus are now covered by compulsory testing notices.   The notices also include two schools where outbreaks of upper respiratory tract infection, with symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, were detected.   The Government will set up a mobile specimen collection station at Baptist University Road Campus to provide virus testing for university staff, students and visitors subject to compulsory testing.   Regarding the seven imported cases, five are from the Philippines, one is from the US and one is from Turkey.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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