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What's the government doing for new year?
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Lunar New Year - A governmental roundup
COVID | Most unlinked cases in 5th wave
Sports | COVID at the Olympics
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It’s New Year!
We mentioned Carrie Lam’s New Year speech yesterday, but not we’d like to show you in more detail using the right click on my mouse because the whole site is actually a JPEG (seriously).
Carrie Lam also personally went to visit the contact tracing office to ‘extend New Year greetings’ (I love government diction).
What else is going on?
The PLA Garrison put together this super-macho video wishing everyone good luck in the new year and saying that “with the PLA military in Hong Kong, everyone can be at peace”. It’s got heavy metal music. It’s like cool and buff and stuff.
The Navy did a flag hoisting at their (relatively) new base in Central. The base forms part of the promenade, and this is the first flag raising that’s been done there.
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 129
Unlinked cases: 22
Active cases: 1412
Total cases: 14,197
Most Unknown Cases In The Fifth Wave
Dr. Chuang noted in her daily press conference today that 22 is the highest number of untracable cases we’ve had in the fifth wave. The cases come from across Hong Kong and aren’t centred anywhere.
Dr Tony Ko, chief of the hospital authority, said that we’re to expect a ‘tsunami’ of cases coming after Lunar New Year as it seems people haven’t fully decided to ‘send their wishes virtually’ like Sophia Chan asked us all to earlier in the week.
Who woulda thunk people gather during holiday season.
COVID: Olympic Gold Medal
Meanwhile in Beijing, sportspeople may miss their events because of quarantine requirements. According to current data, for some odd reason, sportspeople arriving for the winter olympics have a much higher rate of infection: 4.2% positive (in contrast to other olympic staff such as officials and media who only have 0.66%). Athletes already at the Olympic camp are catching COVID at higher rates as well.
Cases include Hong Kong skier Audrey King who flew in from Bosnia and Herzegovina. If she recovers in time, she will still be able to compete in women’s slalom on 9 Feb.
You know what they say…it is new year…身体健康 . 龍馬精神
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Visit Fenwick Pier
Once a bustling stop for American sailors, Fenwick Pier will be returned to the government on 11 Feb. An art exhibition was held last month to celebrate its final sunset (if you missed it, there’s still some cool stuff there). The clients which include one of HK’s last remaining traditional Shanghainese hairdressers, tailors and an italian restaurant will be around for a few more days.
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You know what else they say during New Year?
Gung Hei Fat Choy 恭贺新禧, Sang Yi Hing Lung 生意興隆
You know what that means? Good luck and wish that you become rich; hope your business booms. Oh yes, that sounds wonderful.
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