🌊Xi x Putin 2: Kazakhstan Boogaloo
$8 billion spent on COVID testing
Spent the evening looking at Queen Liz memes with a friend I haven’t seen in a while. Might go to pay respects at the consulate on Friday.
Might print out some memes down in honour of Her Majesty.
She would’ve wanted that.
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Society | Crostini closure prompts customs investigation
COVID | $8 billion used for COVID testing over 3 years
MIRROR dancer in stable condition
Air pollution remains dangerously high
Protestors should get second chance: Paul Yip
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Crushed Crostini Cops Customs Scrutiny
The mid-range coffee and cake chain Crostini closed unexpectedly yesterday with little word of warning to their customers. Crostini apologized only the night before on Tuesday via a social media post where they said that the buisness environment in Hong Kong had become untenable.
While F&B joints closing as a result of the pandemic is not anything new, Crostini drew the ire of Customs who said they might have violated the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (TDO).
This comes after several customers complained to authorities that the lack of warning meant they could not spend their gift cards and coupons. In addition, the Eating Establishment Employees General Union said that at least one employee has not been paid.
However, the financial issues allegedly stretch back months, with owner and founder Huang Guanghui saying that despite borrowing $80 million to pay off rent, his stores were chased by baillifs.
COVID in Hong Kong
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 7579 (161 imported)
Total cases: 1,675,709
New deaths: 10
Total deaths: 9830
Compulsory Testing locations: 65
$8 billion on COVID tests
When I wrote this first, I had misread the reports as being $8 million, which would’ve been insane enough but the more insane amount of $7 to 8 billion have been spent on COVID tests.
These estimates from Headline Daily who asked the CHP about the number of tests given out on government expense at community testing locations, hotels, mobile collection stations etc.
The Bureau confirmed that in April, around $5.8 had been spent and that overall around 37 million tests had been done since the pandemic began.
Mo Li in a stable condition
Injured MIRROR dancer Mo Li is confirmed to now be in a stable condition, however his motor functions are still impacted.
His father, Pastor Li said that although many had tried to donate, no donations will be taken until government investigations are complete. "Before the responsible parties are properly decided, all donations would be too early. Please allow us to politely refuse the good intentions with a thankful and humble heart”, said Pastor Li in a Facebook post.
PCCW Chariman Richard Li has vowed to personally donate $10 million to Mo’s family. PCCW is the owner of ViuTV who owns MIRROR.
Pollution levels continue to be high
The EPD gave another warning today warning of ‘Serious’ levels of pollution until next Tuesday. This is due to a dry continential stream across South China, and crazy high sunlight which prompts the creation of more greenhouse gases.
I walked 20 minutes to Yau Tong for a PCR test today and I can confirm that the air and heat really want me dead.
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