🌊 There's no reason to panic... right?
Just because shelves are empty and my HKTV mall order is missing....
*Cue the drum roll…*
Hey everyone, newcomer here! 👋🏼 I’m Carlos, and today I’ll be bringing you this morning’s edition of High Tide. Looking forward to helping you stay up to speed with the latest news and happenings making headlines around our city (and the world)!
On Today’s Tide:
Even more reassurances for increasingly worried, panic buying Hongkongers
At least 500 testing centres on the way
Has the ship sailed for conducting mass testing in Hong Kong? Apparently it may already have, according to a leading microbiologist
Virus tearing through prisons
HKTVMall to cancel some customer orders
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Guys, there’s really no need to panic buy!
In another bid to (yet again) reassure worried Hongkongers fueled by rumours of an imminent citywide lockdown amid the worsening COVID-19 outbreak, transport minister Frank Chan on Thursday said during an RTHK programme that there was “no need to panic buy food”, noting that the city has a more than steady supply of fresh food from the mainland.
Chan’s assurances come on the heels of Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s comments on Wednesday, in which she reiterated there will not be a “wholesale” city lockdown in Hong Kong. But as residents become more confused from multiple U-turns in policy, I guess it’s safe to say all previous attempts to settle public unease was of little to no avail – because the last time I checked, Hongkongers were, indeed, panicking:
At least 500 sample collection centres planned for citywide COVID-19 testing
The government on Thursday announced it aims to set up between 400-500 testing centres across Hong Kong ahead of this month’s universal COVID-19 testing, with families being able to book appointments together online in order to prevent the risk of long queues and massive crowds gathering around the centres.
New cases: 56,827 (2 imported)
New deaths: 144
Total cases: 350,557
Total deaths: 1,366
907 preliminary positive COVID-19 were uncovered following compulsory overnight lockdown exercises in Tin Shui Wai, Tsing Yi, Fo Tan, Kowloon City and Kwun Tong•
The best time to conduct mass testing and vaccinate the elderly “has passed”
According to HKU microbiologist and leading government expert adviser Yuen Kwok-yung, who added carrying out citywide COVID-19 testing at this stage “wouldn’t be very helpful”. Yikes.
No way to kill the pain
After rumours of a citywide lockdown sent residents into a panic buying frenzy, the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Hong Kong called on the government to support local firms in boosting paracetamol production after the drug was quickly snapped up and wiped off shelves by anxious shoppers.
COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly within Hong Kong’s correctional institutions.
At least 1,000 inmates have come down with the virus so far, including prominent pro-democracy activists Albert Ho and Lee Cheuk-yan. Lawyers will not be allowed to visit clients in prison for at least two weeks.
The Hospital Authority is making several hospitals COVID-19 only
TWGH Fung Yiu King Hospital
Haven of Hope Hospital
The CUHK Medical Centre is also set to admit COVID-19 patients.
Two additional Mobile Vaccination Stations (MVS) will commence operations today.
The first MVS will offer Sinovac and start in Tuen Mun, moving to Tai Po and Tin Shui Wai later in the month. The second offer BioNTech and be based primarily in Tai Po.
HKTVMall may have to start cancelling your shopping orders
Package hasn’t arrived yet? Well… you might want to double (or triple) check your order… 🥲
Popular online shopping platform HKTVMall on Thursday announced their plan to begin cancelling some customers’ orders amid “unprecedented pressure” hindering its operations, citing a surge in COVID-19 cases within several of its frontline warehouses. The retail company said affected customers will be notified.
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