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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

7.5k virus cases detected

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is looking into 7,596 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 3,164 were detected by nucleic acid tests and 4,432 were identified via rapid antigen tests.   Among the cases which tested positive by nucleic acid tests, two were imported and the rest were locally acquired.   Since the fifth wave of the epidemic, a total of 7,358 patients passed away, with the death rate standing at 0.65%.   Meanwhile, the Government made restriction-testing declarations to cover several buildings where sewage samples tested positive for the virus.   They include Block 7 and Block 8 of Richland Gardens in Kowloon Bay, Ching Yeung House of Cheung Ching Estate in Tsing Yi and Block 6 of Dawning Views in Fanling. People in the restricted areas must undergo compulsory testing before the specified deadline.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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