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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

Feb sees 0.3% rise in inflation

Overall consumer prices in February rose 0.3% year-on-year, smaller than the 1.9% increase in January, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   Netting out the effects of all the Government's one-off relief measures, the year-on-year rate of change in February’s underlying inflation rate was -0.1%, smaller than January’s -0.5%.   The department said this was mainly due to the increases in the costs for meals bought away from home and household services charges.   February saw year-on-year price drops for clothing and footwear, transport, durable goods, alcoholic drinks and tobacco, housing and miscellaneous goods.   Prices for electricity, gas and water, food, miscellaneous services as well as meals bought away from home went up.   Taking the first two months of the year together to neutralise the distortions caused by the timing of the Lunar New Year, underlying consumer prices registered a small year-on-year decline of 0.3%.   The Government explained the decline mainly reflected the narrowed increase in food prices and the enlarged fall in private housing rentals.   Meanwhile, price pressures on other major CPI components remained very mild.
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