🌊 Possible changes to HK's COVID rules?
The CE hinted that the government will soon provide 'updates' on its existing COVID strategies 👀
Note: Remember the song Cyril shared on yesterday’s Tide? The one sent by Harry Harrison? Just to clarify (at his URGENT request) the song is by his mate Squinty John, not Harry. Sorry for any misunderstanding guys 😬
Still trying to wrap my head around the fact that my time as a university student will be coming to an end in less than two (!!) months. But hey, juggling four different job applications per day while trying to pass final-year classes can’t be that difficult… right? Right?? 😰
Moral of the story: always try to maintain that work-life balance, folks. 👍🏼 In other words, don’t be like me (or Phoebe):
On Today’s Tide:
CE hints at possible changes to current measures
Shorter quarantine time for overseas arrivals could be on the way
Government blasts citywide compulsory testing rumours (again)
Top health experts urge government for a decision on a ‘roadmap to normality’
Queen’s Hill Estate’s unfortunate (and smelly) encounter 💩
Travel | Cathay re-routes flights to avoid Russian airspace
Behind the paywall:
Education | Lawmaker urges ‘isolation exam centres’ for students taking HKDSE
Crime | Local doctor on wanted list for selling ‘false’ vaccine exemption certificate
Society | More than 50,000 people left the city in the first half of March
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Possible changes to Hong Kong’s COVID rules could be on the way
CE Carrie Lam yesterday hinted at possible ‘updates’ to a range of COVID-19 measures, saying flight bans and class suspensions could be eased by next week. Lam conceded that residents and businesses in the city are ‘losing patience’ with the harsh restrictions, saying it was time for a ‘mid-term review’ of current measures. She will update the public this Sunday or Monday on latest arrangements.
New cases: 21,650 (8,628 confirmed by PCR)
Total cases: 996,862
New deaths: 202 (87 backlog)
Total deaths: 5,136
Other COVID Updates:
• The government has again urged the public to ignore online rumours on details and the date of citywide compulsory testing for COVID-19.
• Government adviser Yuen Kwok-yung has called on the government to devise a ‘roadmap to normal life’ once the city reaches a 95 percent vaccination rate. Carrie wasn’t too fond of his idea, to say the least.
• Chief Secretary John Lee yesterday announced the opening of a new community isolation facility in Hung Shui Kiu. The centre is equipped with 550 rooms and 1,600 beds.
• Here’s something you (hopefully) don’t see everyday – images shared by netizens yesterday appeared to show umm… poop smeared across the walls of a unit in Queen's Hill Estate, a newly designated public housing estate for quarantine.
Just another day in Hong Kong, I guess…? 🤷🏻
• 907 preliminary positive COVID-19 cases were found after testing residents of six buildings in Tsing Yi, Tuen Mun, Sha Tin, Kwun Tong and Wong Tai Sin during overnight lockdowns yesterday.
Cathay re-routes flights to avoid Russian airspace
Cathay Pacific yesterday confirmed it was re-routing several of its flights in order to prevent flying over Russian airspace amid the country’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Cathay is the latest in a string of Asian airlines avoiding the area despite longer flight times, with some pilots now resorting to more southerly routes in compliance with the new rule.
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