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Vaccine priority groups expanded

The Government today expanded the scope of priority groups to cover seven categories of people who have greater risk of exposure to COVID-19 and risk of infection.   Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip told reporters the move was made given the fact that the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has been running smoothly since its launch on February 26 and taking into account the supply of vaccines and the programme’s progress.   The seven categories of people include staff of premises that serve food and beverages, markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, couriers and takeaway delivery including food delivery.   It also comprise staff of local public transport service operators, registered construction workers and property management such as security guards and cleaning and security personnel.   The remaining categories include teachers and school staff, employees in the tourism industry and staff of scheduled premises under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Requirem

Virus testing verified

The Government today said joint enforcement actions on compulsory testing notices at two buildings in Tsim Sha Tsui have been completed, in which more than 120 residents were found to have violated the notices.   The two buildings are Tsim Sha Tsui Mansion at 83-97 Nathan Road and 36-50 Lock Road and Mirador Mansion at 58 Nathan Road.   The enforcement actions were conducted this morning by the Yau Tsim Mong District Office, together with the Home Affairs Department’s Office of the Licensing Authority, Police, the Centre for Health Protection and the Auxiliary Medical Service.   About 710 residents’ test records were checked during the operations that ended by 11am.   The Government thanked the residents who complied with the testing notices. Those who violated the notices were issued fixed penalties of $5,000 or compulsory testing orders, or both.   Noting that the enforcement process may cause inconvenience to residents, the Government appealed for their understanding as the operation was conducted to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
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