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Cartoonist leaves Hong Kong for Britain.
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Former Bar Association chair may be next justice minister
Rumour has it that Paul Lam, former Hong Kong Bar Association Chairman, will become the Secretary for Justice in John Lee’s administration. According to this source (who apparently got their hands on some good juice), said that Lee allegedly approached the former Bar chairman to fulfil this position on his new team.
If this is true, Lam will be replacing Teresa Cheng, the justice minister currently serving in Carrie Lam’s administration.
In other news, John Lee shares some areas where he thinks Hong Kong’s governance could be elevated in a Wen Wei Po newspaper commentary piece.
No new cases after residential home tests
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 457
Total cases: 1,215,696
New deaths: 0
Total deaths: 9,386
Compulsory testing notice: 41 places
Other COVID news in HK
The government tested 18,900 residential care home and nursing home residents in 800 homes over the course of a month, finding no new cases.
Two schools that reported having COVID cases amongst the population were asked to suspend some of their classes. This includes three classes at the Kowloon Tong Funful English Primary School, which were suspended for a few days after a dozen students contracted the virus.
Hong Kong Worker leaves the city to ‘have a voice’
Local cartoonist Hong Kong Worker announced on social media that he had left Hong Kong for Britain, telling Hong Kong Free Press he decided to depart because he “sensed that he could no longer create normally in Hong Kong.”
“You may think there is one less voice in Hong Kong, but if I stay, it would only be a matter of time before I am silenced or forced to change topics. The choice I have made allows me to continue – continue to have a voice in the world that supports Hongkongers.”
— Hong Kong Worker
Less than two months ago, HK artist Ah To announced that he left the city for Britain for similar reasons to HK Worker. He was closely followed by vawongsir, another local comic artist.
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Sha Tau Kok Partially Opens to Tourists
The border town of Sha Tau Kok is partially opening up to tourists. Located within the Frontier Closed Area, Sha Tau Kok is normally only accessible with a special travel pass. But now local tours can visit the longest pier in Hong Kong and several other small Hakka islands on Fridays and weekends.
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