🌊Wanchai Sikh Temple Reopens After 5 Year Rebuilding
John Lee in a turban
John Lee in a turban at the new Gurudwara opening has Justin Trudeau in a turban vibes.
I mean …
It would be identical if Trudeau were older and Chinese but…
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Sikh Temple reopens
After a five year rebuilding, Hong Kong’s only gurudwara (Sikh temple) reopened yesterday. CE John Lee was invited to give a speech during which he said that the Basic Law protects freedom of religion to all those in Hong Kong. He also said that one of the major tenants of his policy address is to bring together the different people who call Hong Kong home, and that he will strive to build a more harmonious and stable society.
Lee went to the temple in a turban and took his shoes off, as per tradition but did not take off his socks.
Hong Kong’s only gurudwara serves about 15,000 sikhs that call the city home. The temple was first built in the early 1900s and refurbished several times after damage due to natural disasters and war. In 2013, cracks were discovered at the temple and authorities deemed it unsafe. $230 million was raised by the community to rebuild the new temple.
COVID in Hong Kong
Compulsory Testing locations: 41
The Masks Stay On
At a press conference on Monday, CE John Lee was asked whether any further restrictions - such as mandatory mask laws - will be lifted after mass celebrations at the Rugby 7s, attended by Lee himself as well as other officials, were largely maskless despite rules saying they must be kept on in the stadium.
Lee said that exemptions were made the Rugby 7s, as well as the recent Global Financial Leaders Summit because of the benefit they gave Hong Kong.
“For activities, particularly large-scale [events] with economic elements, and also international events, we will, while controlling the risk, allow them to happen with specific plans”, said Lee.
Otherwise, all current mandates will remain and be slowly loosened over time.
Meliodosis now a ‘notifiable infectious disease’
Waterborne bacterial disease Meliodosis is now a ‘notifiable infectious disease’ which means doctors must alert authorities when they discover a case.
This comes as 34 cases were found across the city since August. 9 out of the 34 have died, with the most recent being an 89 year old man who passed away yesterday.
The disease relatively rare with less than 10 cases logged annually. Spread primarily through contaminated water and soil, it is incredibly uncommon for humans to spread it to each other. However, experts have yet to find the source of this outbreak.
20 out of the 34 cases were found in Sham Shui Po. A recent investigation found soil samples positive with the bacteria at Sham Shui Po reservoire, but the water was deemed safe. In any case, no true link between all the cases have been ascertained.
Meliodosis causes a wide range of symptoms including fever, pneumonia and skin ulcers. Although most who are exposed to the bacteria don’t become sick, death is possible in more serious cases.
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Where: The Beach House, Silver Mine Bay Beach, Mui Wo
When: 26/11, 1-5pm
Cost: $128 per person
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Our friends at CHOMP! are turning one! We first met the founders of the food saving app, Chris and Carla, at ReThink 2021 and we’ve since featured Carla as a Leader of The Week and in articles on sustainability.
Come celebrate with us on 11 Nov as we bring in another year of not throwing away food that’s still good.
Where: House Studio, Soho House. Sheung Wan
When: 11/11, 7-11pm
Cost: $100 (+fees)
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