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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

577k vaccine doses given

About 577,200 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 487,000 people receiving their first dose and about 90,200 people getting their second dose.   Among those receiving the first dose of vaccines, about 330,400 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 156,600 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 83,100 people have received the Sinovac vaccine while about 7,100 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 2,900 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Among them, about 2,600 people received the jab at eight community vaccination centres (CVCs), while about 300 were inoculated at private doctors and clinics participating in the programme.   Around 6,600 people received their second dose of the Sinovac vaccine today, including about 5,200 people vaccinated at CVCs and about 1,400 people through private doctors and clinics.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 5,200 people received their first dose at 21 CVCs and about 6,500 received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at CVCs is about 96%, while that of the BioNTech vaccine is about 95%.   As of 8pm, about 2,500 people had reserved their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 12,800 had reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech vaccine.   As of midnight, one person was sent to hospital.
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