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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

Govt to review entry restrictions

The Government will review whether stricter restrictions on people arriving in Hong Kong are warranted after a man who flew in from Dubai and completed a 21-day quarantine tested positive for COVID-19.   Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan made the remarks today in response to media enquiries after attending a radio programme.   She noted that the Government had recently implemented the tightened commercial flight suspension mechanism to address the risk of importing mutant strains of COVID-19 from very high-risk places.   “Starting from April 14, we have already strengthened our suspension of flight mechanism. If we look at the past data, from March to now we have already suspended seven flights for 14 days from different countries.   “Therefore with this new mechanism, we envisage that we will be suspending more flights.”   Prof Chan added the Government will continue to review the situation in a timely manner.
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