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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

2.3k arrested in anti-crime operation

Police arrested 2,320 people and seized cash, dangerous drugs and illicit goods worth about $390 million in an anti-crime operation jointly mounted by Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macau authorities from June to August.   During the operation, Police conducted searches at about 2,000 locations including bars, amusement game centres, cyber cafes, party rooms and residential units.   It smashed illegal gambling and vice establishments as well as drug distribution centres and arrested 1,616 men and 704 women for triad and drug-related offences, robbery, illegal immigration, illegal gambling, bookmaking, criminal damage, blackmail, wounding and possession of offensive weapons.   Bookmaking records worth about $3.6 billion were also seized during the operation.   Police said it will continue to maintain close liaison and exchange intelligence with authorities on the Mainland and Macau to interdict cross-boundary triad activities and uphold public confidence in law and order.
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