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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 set to resume normalcy

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government will further relax social distancing measures in May as planned unless a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases occurs, Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced today.   She made the statement ahead of the Executive Council meeting this morning and emphasised that the city is on the right track to return to normalcy.   Mrs Lam said: “It is gratifying to know that after more than three months since the fifth wave of COVID-19 hit us, and hit us hard, in Hong Kong, we are on the path to resuming normal activities.   “As far as the social distancing measures are concerned, we will continue to press ahead with the three stages of relaxation that I announced on March 21, unless there is a sudden surge in COVID-19 infection cases, but that looks quite unlikely based on our observations and the experts’ advice because of the high level of hybrid immunity that Hong Kong has achieved.   “We have effectively and successfully rolled out the first stage and I noticed that many Hong Kong people and many restaurant operators are very happy with this first stage of relaxation. The second stage is intended to take place about a month from the first phase, that is, maybe the second half of May.”
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