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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

Transport trade relief to be extended

The Transport Department today announced that relief measures for the local public transport sector under the sixth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund will be extended to help the sector amidst the difficult operating environment.   It said the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic has substantially dampened public transport patronage, posing a significant threat to the sector’s financial and operational sustainability.   In view of this, the Government will extend the five-month fuel subsidy to five franchised bus companies, 11 franchised and licensed ferry operators, Hong Kong Tramways, taxis and public light buses by another three months.   Furthermore, for eligible public transport operators who record a loss this year, the actual regular repair and maintenance costs from July to December will be reimbursed.   Such relief measures will incur an additional expenditure of about $769 million.   The department will notify relevant public transport operators of details of the measures.
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