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Social distancing to be relaxed

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government plans to adjust the social distancing measures for restaurants based on staff and customers having been vaccinated against COVID-19 and patrons using the LeaveHomeSafe mobile application.   Chief Executive Carrie Lam made the statement during a press conference today, noting that Hong Kong was entering a new phase in its fight against the virus.   Under the “vaccine bubble”, the number of people allowed to be seated together at one table in restaurants will be increased from four to six, and their dine-in service can be extended from 10pm to midnight on the condition that all staff have been vaccinated and patrons use the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app.   Customers using the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app when entering the eatery would no longer need to fill in their personal information on a paper form.   If all the restaurant staff are fully vaccinated with both doses, plus 14 days for

SMS test result discrepancy handled

The Hospital Authority today said it was notified by the COVID-19 test service vendor that some members of the public received the wrong specimen bottle number in the SMS messages concerning their test results.   As a result, these people could not log in to the government’s electronic testing record system to download their test results.   To tie in with the Centre for Health Protection’s Enhanced Laboratory Surveillance Programme, the authority contracted a test service vendor to arrange COVID-19 tests and provide the negative result notifications via SMS.           The authority said the incident was caused by a specimen bottle number discrepancy during the test result information handling process.   The 103 people who were affected returned their specimen bottles to general outpatient clinics on March 2. All the test results came back negative.   The vendor confirmed that neither personal data nor privacy was involved in the discrepancy and no test result was affected.        Upon receiving the notification yesterday, the authority requested the vendor to inform those affected and send an amendment SMS immediately.   It also tasked the vendor with reviewing the system and fixing the error.   The incident was reported to the Food & Health Bureau and the Department of Health.
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