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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

2 COVID-19 cases detected

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating two additional COVID-19 cases, both of which are imported.   The cases involve two women aged 42 and 32 who arrived from the Philippines and Indonesia. Both of them are asymptomatic.   Separately, the centre explained that an epidemiological investigation has revealed that the relatives of case number 11672, who have been classified as close contacts, attended gatherings with friends at Deep Water Bay Beach on April 25 and May 1.   Case number 11672, announced by the centre on April 18, involves a 31-year-old woman who lives in Parkes Building in Jordan.   As the case involves the N501Y mutant strain, the centre will arrange for attendees of both gatherings to undergo compulsory quarantine in accordance with the latest information.   A compulsory testing notice will be issued to request people who had stayed at Deep Water Bay Beach on April 25 and May 1 to undergo testing before May 8.   A total of 92 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days, including 18 local ones, of which four have unknown infection sources.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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