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Bye-bye Bleak House
Independent book store Bleak House Books is shutting down after four years of selling fiction and non-fiction publications.
Why is it closing? Politics, basically.
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When is it closing? Bleak House is taking orders online until 1 October, but its final day open to the public will be on Friday, 15 October. There will be no farewell party or clearance sale.
I have the big sad now
it's my fav book store
— Cyril Ma, Manager & Editor at Harbour Times
New cases: 7 (imported)
Active cases: 113
Total cases: 12,108
Vaccine update: 60% of Hongkongers have gotten at least their first dose of the vaccine.
Hong Kong authorities placed a two-week ban on Philippines Airlines flights between Manila and HK on Sunday, a day before travel was meant to reopen between the Philippines and the SAR. While inconvenient for many, travellers who booked with the temporarily-banned airline can switch over to Cathay Pacific and Cebu Pacific.
Compulsory testing notices were gazetted yesterday for anyone who was present at Pinnacle Performance, 7th Floor, Morrison Plaza, 9 Morrison Hill Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong between 6-8 AM on 27 August. You must get tested by 31 August.
Give me my meds
Hong Kong citizens and residents in four Guangdong will be allowed access to drugs and medical devices used by hospitals in the SAR but not yet approved by mainland authorities.
Why does this matter? In the pandemic, many Hongkongers living in the mainland were unable to travel back and forth to access these medicines. This new policy will help cut travel time, cost, and trouble for those who can access the participating hospitals in Guangdong.
Some of the products include atropine eye drops (for shortsightedness) and cancer treatment drugs.
What else is happening?
History | Website by Baptist University historian keeps the suffering of WWII alive, reminding you that war is no laughing matter (paywalled).
Sustainability | reFashioned documentary puts a spotlight on three Hongkongers working to make the fashion industry more sustainable (paywalled).
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