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Birth, death registrations go online

The Immigration Department will launch new electronic services tomorrow for eligible applicants to complete the entire process of birth or death registrations online, without having to visit a registry in person.   According to the Births & Deaths Registration (Amendment) Ordinance 2023, which will take effect tomorrow, the statutory time limit for the registration of deaths from natural causes is extended from 24 hours to 14 days.   It also removes the requirement for applicants who need to register births or deaths to attend the registries in person, so as to provide a legal basis for the introduction of electronic services for these kinds of registration.   Under the new electronic services, if either parent of a newborn baby is a Hong Kong permanent resident, the parents may submit an application for a birth registration online within 42 days after the birth of their legitimate child.   They may apply for a birth certificate at the same time and choose to receive it by

5.92m vaccine jabs given

About 5,922,300 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 3,366,100 people receiving their first dose and around 2,556,200 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 1,313,000 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 2,053,000 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 1,023,900 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 1,532,300 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 65,300 people received jabs under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   About 10,400 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 10,400 people received their second dose.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 24,700 people received their first dose and around 19,700 people got their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 97%, while it is about 98% for the BioNTech one.   As of 8pm, about 5,600 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 29,700 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, 11 people were sent to hospitals.
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