🌊 Hong Kong is more unequal
Also, more social-distancing measures finally eased! Woohoo! 🥳
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On Today’s Tide:
Politics | Hong Kong is “more unequal” and “less free” ahead of CE Carrie Lam’s departure from office
First day of even more relaxed social-distancing measures! 🎉
ESF to give all its students a HK$1,600 COVID-19 relief grant
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HK is now “more unequal, less free” 📉
Analysts yesterday said that Hong Kong became a more unequal city under outgoing Chief Executive Carrie Lam, noting that its freedoms and international shine deteriorated significantly during her five-year tenure as the city’s first female leader.
From the unprecedented 2019 social unrest to inconsistent and conflicting COVID-19 policies, Lam is now on track to leave office in June with the lowest approval ratings of any Chief Executive since the July 1997 handover. All this despite her describing Hong Kong as "much stronger than ever" during her final policy address last October.
First day of further social-distancing relaxations! 🥳
The government’s second phase of social-distancing relaxation came into effect yesterday, meaning that many Hongkongers were excited to be out and about again! The mask mandate for outdoor sports and exercise was finally lifted, with beaches re-opening and the maximum number of people per table at restaurants raised to eight from four.
People were seen flocking to beaches as well as parks, playgrounds, and basketball courts for mask-free activities yesterday:
New cases: 321 (148 PCR, 173 RAT, 17 imported)
Total cases: 1,205,717
New deaths: 5 (0 backlog)
Total deaths: 9,333
Other COVID-19 updates:
• ESF, Hong Kong’s largest English-language international school organisation, announced yesterday it will give each of its more than 18,000 students a HK$1,600 relief grant amid the “challenging times” brought about by the pandemic.
• HKUST students will soon be required to have received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter campus, in accordance with the government’s ‘vaccine pass’ requirements.
• A union spokesperson yesterday warned Hong Kong has a “serious lifeguard shortage”, saying beach-goers should be extra careful as social-distancing curbs ease. The government urged the public not to swim at beaches without lifeguards.
• Authorities yesterday announced that they uncovered 10 COVID-19 cases during the compulsory testing exercises for restricted areas in Sham Shui Po and Tsuen Wan.
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