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Gear up for St. Patty's 🍀
Talking to all three people I know in Birmingham I have realised that the whole green beer gimmick for St. Patrick’s day is not a British thing.
I want it though.
On Today’s Tide
Products | Grill fails stress test in flames.
COVID-19 | New drug may be a ‘game-changer’ for treating virus patients.
Missing | Three elderly men declared missing.
Events | St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow!!
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COVID-19 cont. | Majority of truckers are at risk of losing their jobs. White dolphins are doing well in the pandemic. Two men have been arrested for encouraging people to spread COVID.
Jobs | Asia Society Hong Kong is looking for interns!
Crime | Police pedos pissed off the commissioner so much they almost got immediately fired.
Economy | Rent deferral scheme gets CE stamp of approval.
Your grill might burst into flame
A Consumer Council study found that one of 11 small grill appliances burst into flame during a stress test. The SG-2717C grill made by Daewoo Electronics failed said stress test spectacularly, as the machine reportedly smoked and went on fire after it was put under extreme conditions. The grill has been declared a fire hazard after its “dissatisfactory safety performance”, according to the Consumer COuncil’s research and testing committee.
On the topic of products to avoid, the council also warned that some squeeze toys were found to have cancer-causing chemicals in them.
New drug the answer to COVID?
Paxlovid, an anti-viral pill made by Pfizer, has come to Hong Kong and will be used to treat high-risk COVID patients dealing with mild symptoms starting today (Wednesday, 16 March). The drug has been reported to lower viral loads in patients who are in their first five days of coming down with symptoms.
New cases: 27,765 (11,956 PCR tests, 15,809 RATs)
Private hospitals will be making 1,000 more of their beds available to non-COVID patients as public facilities are overwhelmed with cases.
If you’re feeling stuck on what to do if you or someone you know tests positive for COVID-19, check out SCMP’s explainer. It provides a lot of helpful links and resources, so keep it saved just in case.
A COVID-19 hotline run by an NGO for elderly residents received 2,020 calls in the first two weeks of March. This is staggering compared to the 54 calls they got in January this year.
Public housing buildings in Sha Tin, Tsing Yi, Sham Shui Po, Wong Tai Sin, and Kwun Tong have been put under overnight lockdown (see building names here).
Three elderly men reported missing
There are three men who were reported missing yesterday:
Pang Siu-tong (89)
Chan Chun-ping (74)
Wat Sar-wan (83)
If you have any idea of their whereabouts, call the numbers provided in the linked photos above.
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A virtual St. Patrick’s Day celebration
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Hong Kong with a special upcoming virtual event hosted by the Irish Consulate General next week, with notable guest appearances from Olympic medalist Siobhan Haughey and singer-songwriter Serrini.
When: 17th March, 6:30 p.m.
Details: Sign up for the virtual St. Patrick’s event here
Hong Kong Arts Festival
Watch live-streamed operas and concerts, and even some one-on-one interactive live theatre! Make sure to register in advance – each show has its own attendance policy.
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