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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

6 typhoon names added

Six new tropical cyclone names have been added to this year's list for typhoons in the western North Pacific and the South China Sea, the Hong Kong Observatory announced today.   They are Yinxing, Co-may, Nongfa, Ragasa, Koto and Nokaen.   Yinxing, a name originating from China, is a kind of tree native to the country.   Co-may, from Vietnam, means a species of grass known as Chrysopogon aciculatus.   Nongfa and Nokaen, both from Laos, represent a lake in Laos meaning blue lake and a swallow.   The Philippines' Ragasa means rapid or fast motion, while Koto from Japan is the constellation Lyra.   The United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific/World Meteorological Organization Typhoon Committee endorsed the names at its 53rd session.   They will replace the names of Yutu, Lekima, Faxai, Hagibis, Kammuri and Phanfone.   The committee will consider retiring names of tropical cyclones which have caused serious casualties and economic losses.   In October 2018, Super Typhoon Yutu left at least two people dead and injured 133 others during its passage over Saipan. Electricity supply was interrupted in many places.   It also brought torrential rain and squalls to the northern part of the Philippines and triggered landslides and flooding, resulting in at least 20 deaths.   In August 2019, Super Typhoon Lekima caused at least 56 deaths and left 14 people missing in eastern China. Over 14 million people were affected with direct economic losses exceeding RMB51.5 billion.   There were also at least two deaths and 11 injuries in Taiwan under the influence of the torrential rain brought about by this typhoon.   Severe Typhoon Faxai and Super Typhoon Hagibis hit Kanto in Japan in September and October 2019, causing extensive flooding and power outages. Marine, land and air traffic in Kanto was paralysed. These two storms resulted in at least 102 deaths, 618 injuries and seven people missing.   In December 2019, the Philippines was hit by Super Typhoon Kammuri and Typhoon Phanfone, resulting in a total of 54 deaths and 680 injuries.
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