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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

674 cases found in restricted areas

The Government today announced that 674 preliminary positive COVID-19 cases were found in the compulsory testing exercises for the restricted areas in Kwai Chung, Tuen Mun, Tseung Kwan O, Wong Tai Sin, Kwun Tong and Aberdeen.   It made a restriction-testing declaration yesterday for Fu Pong House and Fu Man House of Tai Wo Hau Estate in Kwai Chung where 710 and 790 people were tested in the two housing blocks, with 55 and 45 preliminary positive cases were identified.   In Tuen Mun at Block 4 of Po Tin Estate and Tip Sum House of Butterfly Estate, 800 and 1,080 people of the two blocks underwent a test and 61 and 131 preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.   Regarding Kin Ching House of Kin Ming Estate in Tseung Kwan O, 91 initially positive cases were found after testing 1,700 people.   At Kai Fai House of Choi Wan (II) Estate in Wong Tai Sin where 1,687 people took a virus test, 165 preliminary positive cases were detected.   Meanwhile, at Ping On House, Tai On House and Yee On House of Wo Lok Estate in Kwun Tong, 63 out of the 480 people tested received preliminary positive results.   In Ap Lei Chau Estate at Lei Fook House, 63 initially positive cases were found after testing 1,540 people.   There were 95 indeterminate cases in the restricted areas, the Government added.
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