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Happy Monday, Tide readers. This is unfortunately going to be my last week with you as my internship with HT is coming to a close. It’s been a pleasure keeping up with HK news this way and I hope my work wasn’t too disappointing compared to Cyril and Jasmine’s updates. :)
Money, money, money 💸
Hongkongers are now living in a Rich Man’s World™ (kidding) as the Consumption Voucher Scheme launched yesterday! The first HK$2,000 voucher was distributed to 5.5 million eligible citizens who had registered by 17 July.
Those who chose to receive the vouchers via Alipay, Tap & Go or WeChat will have the money directly injected into their accounts.
If you opted for Octopus card value instead, you can redeem the money by visiting Subsidy Collection Points at MTR stations, some public transport interchanges, convenience stores and other designated locations.
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 3 (imported)
Total cases: 11,988 cases so far (61 active cases, 212 total deaths, 11,715 total recovered)
Asian airlines may lose runway slots at European airports if flights aren’t increased by the end of the year. HK's very own Cathay Pacific may be affected by this (paywalled), given the city’s tough travel restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19 and the government’s current priority being reopening travel to mainland China.
Over 260 Indonesians received the Sinovac vaccine today through the government’s outreach service and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in HK. Secretary for Labour and Welfare Law Chi-kwong urges all foreign domestic helpers to “receive the vaccination as soon as possible in order to protect themselves, their employers’ families and others”.
On today’s Paid Tide
HK’s finance chief suggests that more Mainland legislation could be implemented locally
Get a glimpse into what local businesses are saying about the Voucher scheme and how it might prove beneficial or ineffective