🌊 Pandemic rule breaking fine DOUBLES
Suicide index at "crisis" level during Omicron wave.
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On Today’s Tide
Society | $100 for the homeless who lost belongings that authorities unfairly disposed of.
COVID-19 | Fines more than double for pandemic rule breakers.
Events | Get Jazzy this April!
Behind the paywall:
Health | Suicide in Hong Kong at “crisis” level. Also, participate in a Hospital Authority conference.
Religion | Kowloon Mosque hopes to reopen before the end of Ramadan.
Economy | It’s getting even more expensive to keep the lights on.
Crime | ‘Long-Hair’ Leung gets jail sentence for folder snatching incident.
Appointments | The PLA garrison appoints a new political commissar. HKEX Singapore announces a new senior employee.
Winning lawsuit gets homeless HK$100 each
A group of homeless people have won a lawsuit against the government over an incident in December 2019 that involved riot police and other authorities removing their belongings during a clearance operation. According to the case, authorities gave the homeless people living in Tung Chau Street Park in Sham Shui Po three minutes to collect their things and clear the area. The people who weren’t present at the time, for obvious reasons, were unable to do so and their belongings were thrown away.
The judge ordered the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, whose staff were responsible for the poor handling of the clearance operation, to give each claimant $100 in damages. One of the nine claimants has actually passed away due to COVID-19, but I’m not sure if that means that the LCSD now owe $100 less or if that will be distributed out another way.
Questions to consider: Does $100 cover the cost of what was lost? Both in material and sentimental (if any) value? $100 is only like four of the afternoon meal specials from Nam Gee so I don’t know how far $100 will go for people who are literally unhoused.
Higher fines for pandemic rule breakers
Punishment for those who breach compulsory quarantining and testing orders will be slapped with a $25,000 fine and a six-month jail sentence if they’re found out – this is more than double the current $10,000 fine! These new rules will come into effect on Thursday, but we know our High Tide readers don’t have to worry about it because we’re law-abiding citizens. Right?
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
107 cases were found after overnight lockdowns at three buildings (Cheung Chi House of Cheung Wah Estate in Fanling, Kwong Yan House of Kwong Fuk Estate in Tai Po, Chung Shue House of Lei Muk Shue (II) Estate in Tsuen Wan)
Four more buildings were put into overnight lockdown:
They are blocks 7 and 8 of Richland Gardens in Kowloon Bay; Block 6 of Dawning Views in Fanling; and Ching Yeung House of Cheung Ching Estate in Tsing Yi.
Other COVID-19 updates
The government is beginning to provide home vaccination services of the Sinovac jab for those in need, including elderly and disabled residents.
Seven mainland Chinese medicine experts have come to Hong Kong to assist with the management and treatment of the city’s epidemic.
Elderly care homes are encouraged to improve their ventilation by joining a government scheme that would help lower the chances of infection spreading.
Parents will not be torn from their COVID-infected children anymore regardless of the parents’ COVID status, a Hospital Authority official reports.
A biotech company has created a digital platform – the Antigen Rapid Test Quantitative System – that tells COVID patients how high their viral load is from the comfort of their homes/quarantine rooms.
Over 70% of teachers in Hong Kong think relaunching in person classes by 19 April is a bad idea, according to a survey by the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers (pro-establishment educators group).
Mandatory testing is required for people who have been at 20 specified locations during the given time period (see Annex for details).
Events and deals
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Get into the groove with Hong Kong’s finest musicians
In the mood for a little swing? Tune in to Innonation Hong Kong’s ‘Jazz Thursday Explorations 2’, an upcoming live-streamed performance set to feature a string of local jazz artists, from Hong Kong-based saxophonist Scott Murphy to multi-discipline musician Justin Siu.
When: 7th April, 9:30 p.m.
Details: Watch the live broadcast of performances here
"A Woman's World”: Asia's first virtual exhibition highlighting NFTs
In celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, be sure to join our previous LoTW Sharmaine Kwan with Bamboo Scenes’ exciting new online NFT exhibition honoring local female artists exploring the endless possibilities of the Metaverse.
When: From 24th March, 2:00 p.m. onwards
Where: Access the virtual exhibition by clicking here
10% off the Cellar: La Cabane x Harbour Times
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