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Hong Kong residents mourn man who stabbed officer, Police force responds
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Hong Kong police warn against mourning man who stabbed officer
This Sunday the Hong Kong Police Force published a statement warning Hong Kong residents against mourning the man who killed himself after stabbing an officer. The force equated such actions to “supporting terrorism“ and described the attacker as politically “radicalised“.
On Friday, protestors had attempted to pay tribute to Leung Kin-Fai (aged 55) by laying flowers and observing a moment of silence, prompting the police force to release their latest warning.
“Advocating members of the public to mourn for the attacker is no different from supporting terrorism. It will incite further hatred, divide the society and eventually breach social order and endanger public safety, threatening everyone in Hong Kong.“
— Hong Kong Police Force Press Release
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 3 (imported)
Total cases: 11,943 cases so far (95 active cases, 211 total deaths, 11,673 total recovered)
Delta variant found in Yau Ma Tei quarantine hotel
Two samples taken from the hotel tested positive Sunday afternoon (paywalled). They are suspected to be related to the 41-year-old cleaner who tested positive for the L452R variant on Friday.
Health inspectors claimed that the disinfection company had failed to do a satisfactory job – they spent only 10 minutes on the room and used a chemical disinfectant that cannot kill the RNA of the coronavirus.
Yup, you read that right. They disinfected a quarantine hotel room with a disinfectant that doesn’t work against the virus…
COVID is never ending is it?
China goes to space
Astronauts at China’s new space station conducted their first spacewalk on Sunday.
In recent years China has pursued an ambitious space programme.
Experts warn that space could become a new battleground between the China and the US.
As of 6pm on Sunday, 1.55 million people have electronically registered for the consumption voucher. The scheme allows Hong Kong permanent residents aged 18 or above to receive electronic consumption vouchers with a total value of $5,000 by installments.
Hong Kong Police have arrested a man and a woman for using social media to incite others to commit murder and arson. The pair are suspected of encouraging others to set fire to Hong Kong police stations and murder officers (paywalled). They were accused of making the posts through messaging app Telegram and local online forum LIHKG.
Home Affairs Department opens up temporary night heat shelters. The temporary shelters will close at 8am this morning and resume their functions as community centres and community halls.
Mainland fisherman suspected of operating illegally in Hong Kong waters charged. Officers from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department intercepted the fishing vessel 3pm on Saturday. The mainland fishermen are suspected to have been illegally fishing by long-lining in Hong Kong waters near Basalt Island, Sai Kung.
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