🌊 Northern Metropolis will be a “healthy city“, says Lam
In other news, code-sharing website Gitlab deletes fake LeaveHomeSafe app
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On Today’s Tide:
Carrie Lam shares her vision for the new Northern Metropolis
Hong Kong set to offer COVID booster shots from Nov. 11
Code-sharing website Gitlab deletes fake LeaveHomeSafe app
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Lam’s vision for Northern Metropolis
This Wednesday, HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam presented her vision of the planned Northern Metropolis. At a webinar held as part of the Global Conference of the Alliance for Healthy Cities, Lam said residents of the new mega development will enjoy more family time, better sleep and bigger homes.
Lam said the metropolis would be “self-contained”, meaning residents would not have to commute to far urban centres.
“You just imagine, if we have more jobs in the areas where these people live, they will have an extra hour of quality sleep at home and not on the bus … one of the primary objectives of the Northern Metropolis is we will try to make sure, for the first time in Hong Kong’s new town development, that it will be self-contained.”
— Chief Executive Carrie Lam
Lam also said that five new railway lines were planned to encourage residents to commute by mass transit instead of driving, and that the government would create three new wetland areas spanning 2,000 hectares and establish a new country park in the development area.
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 3 (imported)
Elderly and high-risk groups will be able to receive COVID-19 booster shots starting Nov. 11
An estimated 1.86 million people will be eligible for priority access, regardless of which vaccine they have received.
“The joint scientific committee has already said people who have had two doses of Sinovac are recommended to have a third dose. Our first phase is for those high-risk groups to take it first.”
— Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan
Gitlab deletes fake LeaveHomeSafe app
Upon requests by Hong Kong police, US code-sharing app Gitlab has deleted a replica version of the contact-tracing app LeaveHomeSafe. Four individuals were arrested on Monday over allegedly using a fake version of the LeaveHomeSafe app, after the new rule—requiring LeaveHomeSafe to access gov. buildings—came into effect that same day.
Police have now revealed that a fifth person had been arrested for allegedly using an old screenshot from the official app. The identity of the developer of the app is now the subject of investigation.
Some Hong Kongers fear that the government’s LeaveHomeSafe app could be used for community surveillance by recording the locations that people visit.
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Wine and Dine Festival
The Hong Kong tourism board has announced that the Wine and Dine Festival will return with a “City Wine Walk” offer and last throughout next month. Participants can buy a tasting pass which will allow them to try wines and special menus at restaurants and bars in Kennedy Town, Central, Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui.
For more information visit the Hong Kong tourism board’s website!
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