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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

FSD year-end review issued

The Fire Services Department handled a total of 7,557 calls of confirmed COVID-19 cases in 2020, with the involvement of 2,652 ambulance personnel and 37 fire personnel.   Issuing the department's year-end review today, it said among those involved members, 205 had handled infected patients and were subsequently arranged for examination and testing. Three ambulance personnel had been infected and they recovered after hospitalisation.   Furthermore, a total of 80 personnel completed the compulsory quarantine at quarantine centres after handling infected patients.   The department will keep a vigilant watch over the COVID-19 epidemic and maintain close liaison with the Hospital Authority and the Centre for Health Protection and do its utmost to assist the Government in fighting the disease.   Meanwhile, the department received more than 33,000 fire calls in 2020, a drop of 10.6% compared with the previous year. Ambulance calls dropped 16.1% to about 690,000.   Regarding plans for the year ahead, the department said it is actively exploring the use of new technologies to enhance the emergency services.   It will introduce the Implementation of Logistics Solution of Dangerous Drugs to enable effective monitoring of the stock level and expiry date of its dangerous drugs. It also plans to procure firefighting robots to reduce the risks faced by frontline personnel.   The department also plans to install more than 100 automated external defibrillators outside the fire stations and ambulance depots across the city for public access during emergencies.   An estimated 927 fire and ambulance personnel will be recruited this year, including 131 officers and 796 rank-and-file staff.
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