🌊 Hong Kong is out for blood
Bookings open for boosters next week.
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On Today’s Tide
Health | Hong Kong in dire need of blood donors.
COVID-19 | New unemployment subsidy coming. Also:
Book your booster
Omicron deaths reach 5,000
Events | Hong Kong Arts Festival is still ongoing!
Behind the paywall:
Crime | 38 fraudsters steal millions from anti-epidemic government scheme. Also:
More arrests tied to the child abuse care home case.
Victim of violent assault at shopping mall dies.
Transport | Kwun Tong line goes back to normal.
Property | This lot is up for public tender.
Appointments | New appointment at the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority.
Hong Kong needs your blood!
The Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service is asking for residents to donate blood since local donations have been drying up due to the COVID-19 situation in the city, with blood banks not even meeting half of the targets lately. Medical facilities are particularly in urgent need of blood supply for use in the emergency department, urgent procedures, and other time sensitive reasons. Blood banks are prioritising people who are blood type A, but are also accepting O, AB, and B types. Donors can make appointments online, on the service’s app, or by calling a donor centre or the service hotline.
If you’re willing and able, please donate your blood! You’d be doing a great thing during a time when donations are especially needed.
Unemployment subsidy opens to applications next week
People who have been unemployed or suspended from work for 30 consecutive days are eligible for an unemployment subsidy of HK$10,000. Applications (which you can find here) for this Temporary Unemployment Relief scheme can be submitted starting on the coming Wednesday. The submission period for applications ends in three weeks at 11:59 PM 12 April.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam also announced that a new round of the employment support scheme will give HK$24,000 ($8,000 a month) to eligible employees between May and July.
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 20,082 (7,966 PCR tests, 12,116 RATs)
946 COVID-19 cases were found after overnight lockdowns in Tuen Mun, Wong Tai Sin, Sha Tin, Aberdeen and Sham Shui Po (see here for the building names).
The Omicron variant has taken over 5,000 lives in Hong Kong thus far, with most victims involving care home residents. COVID-19 cases have surpassed the 1 million mark during the most recent wave. Read this SCMP article for an inside look at how staff shortages have lead to many elderly patients who have been left in a “living hell”, unable to shower while isolating in the AsiaWorld-Expo facility.
Appointments for booster shots are opening up to adult residents on Monday (21 March) at 8 AM; just make sure you’ve had your second vaccination at least three months ago. People can choose between the BioNTech and Sinovac shots when making their appointments. Fourth jabs will be available for immunocompromised people who got their booster at least three months ago.
Over 300 coffins were delivered to Hong Kong yesterday from the mainland to assist with the coffin shortage in the city.
All eligible elderly care home residents have gotten at least their first COVID-19 vaccination.
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Hong Kong Arts Festival
Watch live-streamed operas and concerts, and even some one-on-one interactive live theatre! Make sure to register in advance – each show has its own attendance policy.
Supporting Ukraine from the comfort of your couch
This isn’t really an event per se, but we thought our very internationally-minded audience might be wondering how to get involved with humanitarian efforts. Luckily, you can literally do it by drinking beer, eating good Ukrainian food and calling our good friends at the Polish Consulate General.
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38 arrested in $280 million loan fraud
Police arrested 38 people who allegedly committed loan fraud, tricking banks into giving them money from an anti-epidemic government scheme meant for struggling businesses.
More crime updates:
Six more staff involved in the Mong Kok child care home abuse scandal have been arrested for abuse or neglect.
The elderly victim of a brutal assault at Admiralty shopping mall has passed away.
Back to normal for the Kwun Tong Line
Friday service on the MTR’s Kwun Tong train line will be going back to normal after some delays yesterday morning due to a technical issue with an overhead cable near Yau Ma Tei station. Delays due to this service disruption were under ten minutes and passengers headed to Whampoa and Ho Man Tin had to transit at Yau Ma Tei.
Tuen Mun property to be sold by public tender
Are you interested in the site Tuen Mun Town Lot No. 561 at Castle Peak Road - Tai Lam, Tuen Mun? Well, the government is getting rid of this site that was in the 2021-22 Land Sale Programme by public tender, and is accepting invitations from 25 March to 22 April. The site area is 33,713 square metres and meant for private residential purposes only.
Queenie Fiona Lau has been appointed as the Non-Executive Director of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority.
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