🌊 Lockdown all round
MTR station bursts into flames (again)
I’ve got to keep better track of COVID cases because uh
Gigi Choy @gigi_choySadly these will be the last flow charts due to the explosion of cases linked to Silka Seaview Hotel and Kwai Chung Estate. I really can't fit 100+ cases in there. I hope the charts have been helpful. Thanks to everyone who made suggestions to help me improve them!👋
Also human mistake. I realized that I accidentally made Friday’s Tide not free. That’s not cool because Friday’s not a weekend. So today is free.
Remember that till the end of the month, we’re giving out one-month free High Tide subscriptions to make up for all my mess ups: https://harbourtimes.substack.com/sorryguys
On Today’s Tide:
COVID | Lockdowns all around - almost all of Kwai Chung Est.
Transport | MTR station on fire (again)
Hamsters | 9 out of 2600 positive
Crime (?) | 9 arrested for THC in CBD products
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 26
Kwai Chung Lockdown extends across estate
A quasi-state of emergency is appearing at Kwai Chung Estate with over 100 preliminarily positive cases as of yesterday afternoon.
The majority of these cases are at Yat Kwai House which was locked down on Friday for five days. Ying Kwai House next door saw at least 8 cases leading to a 5 day lockdown for them as well.
However, due to the sudden decision, CE Carrie Lam apologised that Ying Kwai House residents didn’t get government dinner. By now they should be having breakfast though.
Meanwhile Hiu Kwai House, Yuk Kwai House, Nga Kwai House and Chin Kwai House are all on overnight lockdown.
Separately the EDB released a statement urging teachers who lives at Kwai Chung Estate to stay home and for schools to accommodate their leave. They also called on all schools within the estate to shut down or go online.
Yau Tong Station in Flames
The Kwun Tong line was disrupted yesterday afternoon when a fire suddenly erupted Yau Tong station near the train doors. No one was hurt. A spokesperson for the MTR said the doors malfunctioned.
Last year an electric switch caused a fire at Tai Koo station. Given that happened at a store inside the station, and not the platforms but considering the MTR has in the past been generally quite good at maintenance, the fact that this is the second fire by malfunction in half a year seems weird.
Anyway that was set-up for this
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Screening & Lecture | Lighthouse Memories: Waglan Island Lighthouse
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Hamsters (yes its still going on)
Current results from 2600 tests on various small animals show 9 positive cases.
2600 - from Little Boss (CWB), Tai Po Warehouse, other pet shops (including Little Boss sister stores) and surrendered hamsters.
Out of the 9 positive cases, 7 were from Little Boss and 2 were from other stores. No surrendered pets so far have showed positive results.
Testing is still ongoing.
9 arrested for positive THC in CBD products
Police and Customs arrested 9 individuals on drug trafficking investigations after a supply of CBD products ranging from CBD oil, skin care products and pet treats imported from the US tested positive for THC. All 9 related have been released on bail.
25,000 products worth 14.5mil were seized from the shipment and at raids from stores across Hong Kong where products had already been sent. Pharmacy chain Mannings was found to have some, meaning someone is getting a good nights sleep (and accidentally breaking the law).
CBD and THC are both cannabinoids that come from Cannabis. However, only CBD is legal in Hong Kong. Even trace amounts of THC count as a dangerous drug. THC is the compound that gives the ‘high’ effect of weed.