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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

505 COVID-19 cases reported

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is looking into 505 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 151 were detected by nucleic acid tests and 354 were identified via rapid antigen tests.   Among the new cases, 34 are imported while the rest are locally infected.   Since the onset of the fifth wave of the epidemic, 1,200,573 people have contracted the virus and 9,166 people passed away.   Of the newly reported cases, the clusters of two bars in Central registered 21 more cases, with 17 of them from Iron Fairies & J.Boroski bar and the remaining four from Zentral bar.   The accumulated cases of the two bars reached 49 and 31 respectively.   Separately, the Government made restriction-testing declarations to cover Shun Hei House of Siu Hei Court in Tuen Mun and Hung Lai House of Hung Fuk Court in Aberdeen. People in the restricted areas are required to undergo compulsory testing before the specified deadline.   As there were positive sewage test results with relatively high viral loads in several buildings and housing estates in Tuen Mun, Tai Po and Tsuen Wan, the Housing Department and respective district offices will distribute COVID-19 rapid test kits to relevant residents as well as cleaning workers and property management staff working there.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.
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