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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

HK reports 747 COVID-19 cases

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is looking into 747 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 11 are imported and the rest are locally infected.   Among the new cases, 446 were detected by nucleic acid tests while 301 were identified via rapid antigen tests.   Since the onset of the fifth wave of the epidemic, 1,185,194 people have contracted the virus, involving 8,926 deaths.   Additionally, the Government made restriction-testing declarations to cover Ching Yun House of Ching Ho Estate in Sheung Shui, Ching Tak House of Tsz Ching Estate in Tsz Wan Shan and Tower 1, Wing Fok Centre in Fanling. People in the restricted areas must undergo compulsory testing before the specified deadline.   Given that there were positive sewage test results with relatively high viral loads in several areas of Wong Tai Sin and Kowloon City, the Home Affairs Department will distribute COVID-19 rapid test kits to relevant residents as well as cleansing workers and property management staff working in such areas.   As Air India flight AI316 from New Delhi, India had three passengers on board who tested positive upon arrival, the Department of Health has prohibited the landing of the carrier’s passenger aircraft in Hong Kong from New Delhi from tomorrow until April 24.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.
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