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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

8.74m COVID-19 jabs given

About 8,745,400 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 4,512,400 people receiving their first dose and around 4,233,000 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 1,637,000 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 2,875,400 people got the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 1,534,700 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 2,698,300 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 17,600 people received jabs under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Around 2,600 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 6,000 people received their second dose.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 2,900 people received their first dose and around 6,200 people got their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 96%, while it is about 91% for the BioNTech one.   As of midnight, four people were sent to hospital.

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