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Water Wonderful World
Yes, I used the same pun twice.
Ocean Park’s brand new Water World is set to open on 21 September, which means that in just over a month Hong Kong will have a whole new myriad of wet ways to get everyone’s germs to mix and mingle.
The park will feature 27 different rides and ticket prices begin at $255.
My question is, how do they plan to keep all of that sanitary in our mid-COVID world?
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 2 (imported)
Total cases: 12,016 cases so far (79 active cases)
Compulsory testing has been made mandatory for one specified premise: “Any person who had been present at Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong On Yee Nursery School, G/F, Ko Shing House, Ko Yee Estate, Yau Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong for more than two hours at any time during the period from July 27 to August 9, 2021”.
Get jabbed Grandma!
Walk-in vaccinations are now available to people aged 60 and up. A scheme allowing those aged 70 and above to get same-day tickets at vaccination centres without scheduling online has seen good success, therefore the government decided to expand it to include those in their 60s. There are 24 vaccination centres throughout the city that begin distributing tickets starting at 7:45 AM.
Beep boop, here’s something interesting
Learn a secret about Sophia the robot from Harbour Times’ visit to ‘The Sparkle: Not Alive Yet Bright’, an artistic collaboration between Hanson Robotics, Computer Science Professor Johan F. Hoorn and local artist Sharmaine Kwan.
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In other news
More support for lowkey sports: the head of Hong Kong’s delegation to this year’s Olympics encouraged the government to put more funding into lesser-known sports for future competitions. Six medals is a big deal, but don’t let it get to your head.
Standard Chartered plans to open a “green branch” that is paperless and offers more sustainable financial choices.
Cathay is finding more ways to rinse you of your money (just joking, sort of). Hit hard by the pandemic, the airline is lowering checked bag allowance for the cheapest tickets while giving other flyers more upgrade options.