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Kai Tak site accident being probed

The Government expressed that it is highly concerned about an accident involving the collapse of a bamboo scaffold at a Kai Tak construction site today in which two workers were killed and three others injured.   A preliminarily investigation by the Buildings Department (BD) found that the scaffold, measuring about 15m by 8m, fell to the ground from the external wall on the 19th floor of a building under construction.   The BD said it will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the cause of the incident, including whether the scaffold, as temporary works, complied with the Buildings Ordinance and whether the registered contractor and any related persons have properly discharged their responsibilities.   It added that if anyone is found in contravention of the ordinance, it will take follow-up actions, including instigating prosecution and referring to the Contractors Disciplinary Board for disciplinary proceedings.   The Labour Department (LD) also launched an immed

1.7m vaccine doses given

About 1,704,400 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 1,055,500 people receiving their first dose and about 648,900 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 473,200 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 582,400 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 338,200 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 310,700 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 4,900 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Among them, about 3,300 people received the jab at community vaccination centres (CVCs), while about 1,600 people were inoculated at private doctors and clinics participating in the programme.   Around 4,000 people received their second dose of the Sinovac vaccine today, including about 2,800 people vaccinated at CVCs and about 1,200 people through private doctors and clinics.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 12,200 people received their first dose at CVCs and about 20,900 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at CVCs is 96%, and that for the BioNTech one is 97%.   As of 8pm, about 2,700 people had booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 8,600 had reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, 16 people were sent to hospitals.
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