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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

4 imported COVID-19 cases detected

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating four additional imported COVID-19 cases involving the L452R mutant strain.   Two of them arrived in Hong Kong from high-risk places and the other two from medium-risk places.   Two patients tested positive at the temporary specimen collection centre at the airport while two tested positive during quarantine.   Additionally, people who had been present at 10 specified places in relation to three previous imported cases who had stayed in Hong Kong during the incubation period has to undergo additional testing. Those who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course still need to get tested.   Furthermore, four schools where an outbreak of upper respiratory tract infection or influenza-like illness occurred have been covered in the same compulsory testing notice. People who have finished their jab course can be exempted.   A total of 39 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, all of which are imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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