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The message I drafted last night started with “Happy belated Tuen Ng! Dragon boating is so emblematic of HK and it’s a shame that the races have been cancelled for the third time, first citing the 2019 anti-government protests and then COVID-19.”
Now it feels more appropriate to say: welcome to the new age, to the new age.
Too soon? Also, happy belated Tuen Ng!
Nuclear power plant having “performance issues”
Taishan Nuclear Power Plant, located in southern Guangdong, is partially owned by a French firm currently working to fix it. CNN reported earlier that the US was investigating a potential leak. Both the Biden administration and Framatone – another French company that warned of an “imminent radiological threat” – believe the plant is still operating within safety parameters.
So when this plant has performance issues at least it’s “not yet at crisis level” but when I do I’m “incompetent” and “a failed member of society”?
JUST IN: check out our article about HK’s nuclear neighbourhood.
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 1 (imported)
Total cases: 11,878 cases so far (70 active cases, 210 total deaths, 11,598 total recovered)
Wan Chai vaccination centre staying open: The inoculation centre at Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai was initially going to close due to low take-up rates. Now that more people are willing to receive the vaccine, the group has reversed their decision and are staying open.
The BioNTech vaccine became available to children as young as 12 years old. Hong Kong has reported administering about 40,000 doses per day over the past week. Roughly a quarter of the city has now received its first dose, while nearly a fifth has received both.
In other news…
Beijing denounces the G7’s collective condemnation of China’s human rights abuses in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. The Chinese Embassy to the UK slams the G7 for interfering in China’s internal affairs.
Authorities are still working to locate the source of a mutated coronavirus strain contracted by a 17-year-old girl earlier this month. The variant could not be matched with an identical strain even when compared against 100,000 samples on an international platform.
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