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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

HK records 1 more COVID-19 case

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating one additional imported COVID-19 case involving the L452R mutant strain.   The case concerns a 34-year-old woman who is a foreign domestic helper who arrived from the Philippines. She tested positive during quarantine at the Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre.   The centre also reminded specified people in relation to Tower 1, 2 and 3, Hampton Place in Tai Kok Tsui to undergo testing tomorrow in accordance with the compulsory testing notice. The Government will reopen the mobile specimen collection station at the open-air car park on G/F, Hampton Place tomorrow to provide free testing service for people subject to compulsory testing.   The service period of the mobile specimen collection stations at Edinburgh Place in Central, Wong Tai Sin Square, Lai Kok Community Hall in Cheung Sha Wan, MacPherson Playground in Mong Kok, Sha Tsui Road Playground in Tsuen Wan and Tin Shui Sports Centre in Tin Shui Wai will be extended to December 5.   Additionally, since a preliminary positive imported COVID-19 case had stayed in Hong Kong during the incubation period, one specified premises is included in the compulsory testing notice. Also, people who had been present at five places in relation to three previous imported cases who had stayed in Hong Kong during the incubation period have to undergo additional testing. Those who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course still need to get tested.   Furthermore, one school where an outbreak of upper respiratory tract infection or influenza-like illness occurred has been covered in the same compulsory testing notice. People who have finished their jab course can be exempted.   A total of 36 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, all of which are imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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