🌊 Rumours trigger shopping frenzy
Shared toilets in my isolation facility? It's more likely than you think.
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On Today’s Tide:
Ukraine | Evacuation out of country postponed by Chinese embassy.
COVID-19 | Lockdown rumours send people into a shopping frenzy. Schools have until 17 March to close. And more.
Jobs | If Innovation & Partnership is your game, apply here!
Events | See this photography exhibition of the city online.
Behind the paywall:
Population | Hong Kong’s population decreased by over 20,000.
Protests/Crime | People plead guilty and not guilty to charges relating to the PolyU incident in 2019. Also, nine men solicit sexual services from a child, allegedly.
Restaurants | HKTVmall introduces a partnership scheme to save restaurants.
Appointments | Financial Dispute Resolution Centre.
Chinese evacuation out of Ukraine postponed
The ambassador for China to Ukraine has said that current conditions in the country make it too dangerous to evacuate its citizens. In his video message, ambassador Fan Xianrong said that they needed to wait for safer conditions in order to go through with the travel arrangements.
Yesterday, High Tide reported that the Chinese embassy was planning flights out of Ukraine for passport holders of China, Hong Kong, and Macau.
Isolation facilities fitted with shared toilets ♡
The Tsing Yi isolation units (seen in the embedded tweet below) are, according to HK01, fitted with communal toilets. Are we sure that makes sense? The facility, which is on its way to completing its set-up, will have 3,900 beds for isolation.
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
Rumour has it that ParkNShop will be announcing a massive lockdown along with the rest of the city, which sent people into a panic buying frenzy. The supermarket brand denied these rumours, but it’s not like these rumours hurt the business or anything.
Schools will have to start closing for “summer vacation” on 7 March – and 17 March at the latest so that the government can use the campuses/buildings as COVID-19 facilities. Schools that run non-local curricula (IE international schools) will be able to continue teaching online classes. Exam officials also need to decide by May if they will be holding the DSEs (university entrance tests) this year.
Five new clinics are opening today to treat more people given that current medical facilities are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.
Overnight lockdowns at public housing estates in Sha Tin, Kwun Tong, and Yuen Long have found hundreds of positive cases.
Buildings in Tsing Yi, Sha Tin, Tung Chung, Yuen Long and Kwun Tong were locked down (building names in this link).
We know the government is busy in HK, but they’re so busy in fact that the Chief Executive has turned down an invitation to appear at two sessions in Beijing to continue her anti-epidemic work in the city.
One funeral home has stopped handling the bodies of people who passed away from COVID-19 as some of its staff tested positive for the virus.
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Recovery, Resilience, Resurgence: Asia Soc HK
From the exhibition website:
This exhibition’s photos show Hong Kong during consecutive periods, as it was seen around the middle of the last century. The images span some thirty years of great change: from the postwar recovery in 1946 – 1947, through the resilience of the 1950s, to the resurgence of the 1960s – 1970s. The photos were taken by three photographers. In the order of their Hong Kong work they were: Hedda Morrison, Lee Fook Chee and Brian Brake. Each had markedly different life backgrounds and photographic objectives.
When: 14 December, 2021 - 6 March, 2022
Where: Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Note: The Asia Society is closed until 23 Feb earliest, depending on upcoming COVID restrictions. See the exhibition virtually for free.
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