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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

Govt rejects US report

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government expressed strong opposition to the unfounded remarks on Hong Kong contained in the US' 2021 Report on International Religious Freedom.   The Hong Kong SAR Government made the statement today, noting that following the implementation of the National Security Law, chaos has stopped and order has been restored in Hong Kong.   It explained that the National Security Law ensures the resolute, full and faithful implementation of the “one country, two systems” principle under which the people of Hong Kong administer Hong Kong with a high degree of autonomy, and also clearly stipulates that human rights shall be respected and protected in safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong SAR.   The rights and freedoms, including the freedoms of speech, of the press, of publications, of association, of assembly, of procession and of demonstration, enjoyed by residents of Hong Kong under the Basic Law and the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social & Cultural Rights as applicable to Hong Kong shall be protected in accordance with the law, the Hong Kong SAR Government pointed out.   It added that the four categories of offences endangering national security stipulated under the National Security Law are clearly defined. Law-abiding people will not unwittingly violate the law.   The Hong Kong SAR Government stressed that all law enforcement actions taken by law enforcement agencies under the National Security Law, or indeed any local legislation, are based on evidence, strictly according to the law and for the acts of the people or entities concerned, and have nothing to do with their political stance, background or occupation.
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