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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

Mandatory tests for 26 premises

The Government today announced that 26 specified premises are covered in the compulsory testing notice and that foreign domestic helpers are required to undergo a COVID-19 test.   It also continued to empower registered medical practitioners to require anyone suspected to have contracted COVID-19 to undergo a test.   The Food & Health Bureau said as the N501Y mutant strain has high transmissibility, those who had been to the places visited by the local cases with unknown sources of infection involving the N501Y mutant strain during the specified period are required to undergo three tests. Therefore, some specified premises are under second or third testing.   Additionally, 11 schools are covered in the compulsory testing notice due to outbreaks of upper respiratory tract infection.   Under the April 29 compulsory testing notice, the testing deadline for those subject to compulsory testing will be extended to May 2.   The Government today will reopen or set up mobile specimen collection stations outside Central Pier No.5 as well as at Gloucester Road Garden in Wan Chai, Ocean Centre Carpark in Tsim Sha Tsui and Cheung Chau Sports Centre for those subject to the third testing.   Mobile specimen collection stations will be set up at Chater Road Pedestrian Precinct in Central, the Hing Fat Street entrance of Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, as well as the entrance of Lai Chi Kok Park and Tsuen Wan Park today and tomorrow for foreign domestic helpers.   The Government today will also set up mobile specimen collection stations at Kennedy Town Playground, Tamar Park, Quarry Bay Community Hall carpark, Siu Sai Wan Community Hall, Kwun Tong Recreation Ground, 557 Shanghai Street in Mong Kok, Lai Kok Community Hall, Kwai Chung Sports Ground, the Hong Kong Velodrome Park amphitheatre in Tseung Kwan O and Mau Tai Road Garden in Po Lam.   The service period of the mobile specimen collection stations at Citygate and Fu Tung Estate in Tung Chung, Maple Street Playground in Sham Shui Po, Wong Tai Sin Square and Plaza of Sha Tin Town Hall will be extended.
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