🌊Record breaking month of heat
Hotel quarantine will definitely be shortened: John Lee
Saw some tweets saying it would be nice to have HK show up at the Commonwealth games. Obviously we are not at the Commonwealth games (and all the tourists here in Brum are definitely not HKers for the Games. Although, I have seen lots more Aussies…when I venutre to the pub after writing High Tide).
Anyway, I did a bit of digging and found some good info about HK’s relationship to the Commonwealth and whether we can actually be in the games. The results may surprise you.
On Today’s Tide
Weather | July broke all hot weather records
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Culture | LCSD renters have new safety rules following MIRROR
Events | Applications for the Edward Youde Scholarship are open!
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It’s VERY hot
July was a hot streak of record breaking for being…hot.
And so without further ado, last month won the gold for
Mean temperature: 30.3°C (previously 30.2°C in 2020)
Mean minimum temperature: 28.4°C (previously 28.3°C in 2020)
Highest daily max temperatire: 36.1°C
Highest daily min temperature: 29.9°C
Number of ‘very hot days’ (defined as above 33°C): 21 days (previously 20 in 20202)
Number of ‘hot nights’ (defined as above 28°C): 25 days (previously 21 in 2020)
Continuous streak of hot nights: 3 weeks
Days over 35°C: 10
Days over 34°C: 16
Jokes aside, this is obviously a massive problem. It’s not better oveseas either (I missed a train from London a few weeks ago because the tracks literally caught fire).
There were four heatstroke deaths reported in July. And despite unions calling for the government to list heatstroke as an occupational disease, the government denied saying heatstroke is not tied to a particular occupation but instead your time outdoors.
So if you do an outside job like…say…construction, please ask your employer if you can work from home.
COVID in Hong Kong
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 4254
Total cases: 1,358,248
New deaths: 6
Total deaths: 9,509
Compulsory Testing: 66 locations
Quarantine confirmed to be shortened!
To what? Nobody knows.
CE John Lee said yesterday that the government has definitely decided to shorten inbound hotel quarantine. However, he has no more details to announce saying the Health Bureau and the Hospital Authority have to look at various data before any concrete decisions are made.
Having more or less crushed their (arguably only major) COVID wave, Macau will further open back up from tomorrow. Restaurants and non-essentially businesses (except casinos which already opened as of 23 Jul) may reopen but diners have to have tested negative during the past 3 days to dine in.
Government advisors agree that toddlers as young as 6 can be given a COVID shot. According to the advisors, sino-vac adult shots are safe for toddlers, and BioNTech has a baby version but will need to be sourced as it is not currently in Hong Kong.
Stricter temporary rules for LCSD venues
Following the MIRROR falling screen disaster, the government has announced a stricter set of temporary rules for all event organisers. These include
Changing current set designs to be safer (it’s a very general point)
No mechanical devices that swing, rotate or carry people
All devices have to be inspected daily
The new rules are to be in place for at least one to two weeks while a task-force investigates.
The government has issued notices to everyone who’s booked an LCSD venue before September.
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Edward Youde Scholarships (a friendly reminder)
The Sir Edward Youde Scholarship is a semi-governmental fund for HKers wishing to study abroad. They offer fellowships for postgrad (HK$300,000 per year) and scholarships for undergrad students (HK$280,000 per year).
Applications have been open from 4 Jul and close on 9 Sept.
If you want to study abroad (perhaps after visiting all the CG stalls at the book fair!) then this is a great way to get financial support because it ain’t cheap.
Find out more on their website.
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