🌊Yuen Long blackout sparked by literally a light bulb
COVID rules tightened again
We haven’t covered this on Tide yet, and I’m not sure if we will since it’s pretty not HK related, but these pics coming out of Chongqing right now are pretty insane.
For those not familiar, there have been massive forest fires and blackouts but firefighters who are going to stop the flames need to be COVID negative. Residents are still doing daily testing with the mountains literally on fire behind them.
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Society | Yuen Long blackout sparked by a lightbulb
All Lives Matter (Dr. Lo): Rules tightened again
Sports: Hong Kong Snooker Masters to be held in COVID bubble
Trafficking | More HKers returned from SEA
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How many lightbulbs does it take to blackout Yuen Long?
After investigations, CLP said that the most likely culprit for a fire and blackout in June that saw 160,000 households in Yuen Long, Tuen Mun and Tin Shui Wai without electricity was … a flourscent light.
A light inside the cable bridge at Kwong Yip street likely caught fire, said CLP Managing Director Chiang Tung-Keung, which then “affected the communication cable underneath, and the fire then spread to the power transmission cable and across the bridge”.
The spark then became a massive fire which damaged the whole bridge and long delays to resuming electricity. Due to the extent of the damage, staff were unable to restart power remotely and had to attend the site physically. To prove that god is sadistic, one of two emergency backup power systems was also malfunctioning that day.
Chiang said these accidents were extremely rare and that the bridge had been operating for 30 years without problems. Routine inspections in November also found no problems. However, CLP has already quickly upgraded other bridges to avoid future issues.
Remind yourself about the blazing news of Yuen Long in our previous coverage:
COVID in Hong Kong
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 7835 (170 imported)
Total cases: 1,495,807
New deaths: 7
Total deaths: 9,650
Compulsory Testing locations: 65
Stricter testing rules
Health Sec Dr. Lo Chung-Mau has announced tighter testing rules as cases mount.
If you are attending a banquet with other 8 people, negative RAT tests will be needed. This is similar to the existing rule of needing to show a picture of a negative RAT test to go to bars and clubs.
Dr. Lo also said he “cannot promise” the government won’t reintroduce social distance curbs if numbers don’t die down. He said this is due to the unvaccinated elderly population, and that “all lives matter” (yes, seriously).
Hong Kong Snooker Masters with closed loops
October will (hopefully) be the return of the Hong Kong Snooker Masters. However, the World Snooker Tour told the Hong Kong Billiard Sports Control Council that quarantine free travel is a pre-requisite for any international players coming to Hong Kong.
As such, the Council is in talks with the government for a closed loop arrangement where visiting players won’t have to isolate in their hotel rooms for three days, but will not be allowed to mingle freely.
There will be audiences allowed to watch the matches, a’la concert arrangements.
This year will see world number one Ronnie O'Sullivan, as well as Judd Trump and Mark Selby, all from England, in attendance. Locally Marco Fu and three times world champ Ng On-Yee will be playing.
More HKers returning from SEA
The Security Bureau announced that six more Hongkongers who asked the Immigration Department for help have safely returned to Hong Kong from Thailand.
Two more cases have been reported making 41 trafficking cases so far, of which 10 have come home safely.
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