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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

Rent concession period extended

The Housing Authority's Commercial Properties Committee today approved an extension of the 75% rent concession for eligible non-domestic tenants or licensees for another six months from October 1.   The move ties in with the Government's latest relief measures to sustain the support for businesses and individual sectors as announced by Financial Secretary on August 25.   During this rent concession period, the eligible non-domestic tenants or licensees may continue to apply for concession in full for the days during which their operations at the premises concerned have to be closed under the Government’s anti-epidemic regulations and directions.   To ensure prudent use of resources, the committee decided that supermarkets and superstores would be subject to tenants' application and proof of sales drop in this round of rent concession.   If the tenants of supermarkets or superstores suffer a sales drop during the extended rent concession period compared to that of the same period in the preceding year, concession at the same percentage will be provided to them upon application and production of sales drop proof, capped at 75%.   Eligible tenants or licensees of about 2,500 retail and some 3,300 factory premises, about 70 advertising signboards, around 40 tenancies of bus kiosks and about 4,200 carpark users will benefit from this round of rent concession.   The rent the Housing Authority has foregone for this round of extension is estimated to be around $660 million, while the total rent foregone by it from October 2019 to March 2022 is around $ 2.946 billion.
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