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Drivers given online option for permits

Members of the public can now apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP) through an online service launched today by the Transport Department.   Users of “iAM Smart+” or eligible applicants holding a valid personal digital certificate may apply online via the GovHK website and receive their IDP by post, without the need to visit a licensing office in person.   If the submitted documents and photograph are in order, the department will normally send successful applicants their IDP by registered post within 10 working days of the online application being made.   The department reminded those who plan to drive outside of Hong Kong to allow sufficient time for the IDP applications to be processed.   Citizens may continue to submit IDP applications by visiting licensing offices in person. Appointments can be booked online or by calling 3763 8080 to save queuing time.   Drivers may also send in their IDP applications by post or via the drop-in boxes placed at licensi

Anti-hypertension advice issued

In support of World Hypertension Day on May 17, the Department of Health encouraged people to be aware of and monitor their blood pressure regularly to fight against hypertension and other non-communicable diseases.   According to the World Health Organization, one in four men and one in five women worldwide have hypertension.   The department's Population Health Survey 2014-15 revealed that the prevalence of hypertension for Hong Kong people aged between 15 and 84 was 27.7%.   About half of them were unaware of their own condition but were found to have high blood pressure during the survey.   Hypertension is a prominent risk factor for severe COVID-19-related illness and death, the department emphasised.   There are reports showing that COVID-19 patients with hypertension were more likely to become seriously ill or die from the disease compared with those without hypertension.   Unless with contraindications, individuals with hypertension under stable control are encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccination for protection against the virus.   The department noted that maintaining a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure.   People are advised to choose food low in salt, sugar and fat, and consume at least two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables a day.   Healthy adults should consume less than two grams of sodium per day and engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activities or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activities every week.   The department also reminded those with hypertension to take medication as directed by a doctor and have regular medical follow-ups.
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