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800k Sinovac jabs arrive

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The Department of Health said the fourth batch of about 800,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine has been delivered to Hong Kong from Beijing today.   Staff carried out stringent checks and inspections in accordance with established procedures to ensure that the vaccine complies with the product specifications and that the transportation process followed the relevant cold-chain requirements.   The Government has launched the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme and members of the public are encouraged to get vaccinated. http://dlvr.it/S8vMZm

Recognised jab record list updated

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The Government announced today that from October 6, it will accept jab records issued by South Africa as recognised vaccination records for Hong Kong residents returning from Group A specified places.   Hong Kong residents holding vaccination records issued by the relevant authority of South Africa in the prescribed format can board a flight for Hong Kong from Group A specified places. The vaccines administered to the travellers must be those recognised by the Government.   From August 20, the Government has implemented stringent inbound prevention and control measures for travellers from overseas places. Those who have stayed in Group A specified places on the day of boarding or 21 days before that day can only board a flight for Hong Kong if they are Hong Kong residents who are fully vaccinated and holding recognised vaccination records. http://dlvr.it/S8tmmL

Policy Address set for Oct 6

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam will deliver her Policy Address in the Legislative Council at 11am on October 6.   People can watch or listen to the live broadcast of Mrs Lam’s speech on the LegCo website.   To observe the proceedings of the meeting at the LegCo Complex, call 3919 3399 during office hours to reserve a seat.   The full text of the Policy Address will be posted at www.policyaddress.gov.hk after the Chief Executive has completed her speech.   Copies of the Policy Address and other related publications will be available at the Home Affairs Department’s 20 Enquiry Centres after  the Chief Executive has finished her speech.   Leaflets containing the highlights of the Policy Address will be distributed at 16 government offices, seven major public libraries and 60 shopping centres in public housing estates. http://dlvr.it/S8tCQ8

4 imported COVID-19 cases detected

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating four additional imported COVID-19 cases involving patients who arrived from the Philippines, Indonesia and Egypt.   A total of 66 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. http://dlvr.it/S8sjl7

Security Bureau responds to enquires

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The Security Bureau today reiterated that an organisation and its members shall remain criminally liable for the offences they have committed, notwithstanding its disbandment or the resignation of its members.   The bureau made the statement in response to media enquiries concerning the decision of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions to disband.   It emphasised that Police will spare no efforts in pursuing the legal liabilities of any organisation and people suspected of violating the Hong Kong National Security Law or other local laws.   The statement stressed that acts and activities that endanger national security may have very serious consequences and actions must be taken to prevent and suppress such acts and activities to minimise the risks which organisations or individuals endangering national security may bring about.   Thorough investigations will be conducted in respect of local organisations which have received donations from foreign political organisations

8.72m vaccine doses administered

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About 8,727,700 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 4,507,000 people receiving their first dose and around 4,220,700 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 1,634,400 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 2,872,600 people got the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 1,528,700 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 2,692,100 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 12,700 people received jabs under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Around 1,000 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 2,100 people received their second dose.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 2,400 people received their first dose and around 7,200 people got their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 96%, while it is about 87% for the BioNTech one.   As of midnigh

No new COVID-19 cases in HK

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The Centre for Health Protection announced that as of midnight, no new COVID-19 cases have been recorded, leaving the number of confirmed cases in Hong Kong at 12,227.   A total of 69 cases were reported in the city in the past 14 days, all of which are imported.   Meanwhile, the centre has received an update from the Australian health authority that one of its confirmed cases which was reported to Hong Kong has been retested and is now negative for COVID-19.   The case, announced on October 1, involved a 55-year-old cargo flight crew member who lives at Block 3, Monterey Cove, Phase 1, Caribbean Coast in Tung Chung. As it is no longer classified as an infection case, the relevant close contacts have been released from the quarantine centre.   The centre also reminded specified people in relation to Jones Hive, 8 Jones Street in Causeway Bay and Block C of Hankow Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui to undergo compulsory testing in accordance with the compulsory testing notice tomorrow.