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  1. Hong Kong recorded 51 new coronavirus infections, bringing the city’s tally to 765 on Wednesday, including the youngest local patient identified so far – a 40-day-old baby boy.Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the communicable disease branch of the Centre for Health Protection, said 34 of the new patients, aged up to 65 years, had recent travel history, 13 of whom were returning students.Among those with travel history were two flight attendants and a pilot. Local cases included an immigration…
  2. Hafiza Sheikh, a homemaker in Greater Noida in India’s Uttar Pradesh state, was suddenly flooded with anti-Muslim messages on social media on Tuesday morning. Some of these called Muslims “illiterate” while others labelled them as “carriers” of the coronavirus infection. Confused about the reason for these Islamophobic messages, she checked a news site and found out that 24 Muslims who recently attended an event organised by missionary group Tablighi Jamaat had tested positive in New Delhi. …
  3. Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, who urged world leaders to prepare for a pandemic situation in 2015, laid out a three-point plan on how the US could make it through the coronavirus pandemic.Gates penned an op-ed for The Washington Post on Tuesday, making recommendations based on expert consultations he has had through his work with the Gates Foundation, which is funding research for a treatment for the virus, which causes a respiratory disease known as Covid-19.“There's no…
  4. Lawyers in Hong Kong want to be included in any financial relief or subsidies the government hands out, saying they too had been badly hit by the coronavirus epidemic.The city’s Bar Association wrote to Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po on Tuesday and urged officials to include the self-employed, including barristers, in a proposed second round of funding, worth tens of billions of dollars.In the letter, the association noted that the city’s justice system and court business had “suddenly…
  5. The southwestern province of Yunnan has banned Chinese citizens from leaving the country via its more than 30 land and river ports to stop the spread of the coronavirus epidemic through returning nationals.Yunnan, which borders Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar, had restricted its 19 land ports and 14 river ports to cargo, the provincial government said on Tuesday.The authorities said that from Tuesday night, all departures by Chinese citizens via the checkpoints would be suspended, with exemptions…
  6. Hong Kong remains the world’s most expensive city for high-income expat housing, though rents are expected to fall amid the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, according to a survey released on Wednesday.The the third year in a row, the city topped a ranking by ECA International based on the monthly cost of an unfurnished, three-bedroom, mid-range flat in an area commonly inhabited by executive-level expats.The average rent for such a flat in Hong Kong is US$11,318 (HK$87,747) per month, with Tokyo…
  7. “Work from home”: three small words that strike fear into the hearts of parents with school-age children around the world. Hong Kong has the dubious honour of being a world leader in this field. After weathering closures during Sars in 2003 and last year’s protests, Covid-19 has meant the city’s pupils staying at home since February, with no confirmed end in sight. The HKDSE has been postponed and some international examination bodies are even cancelling their assessments as the situation…
  8. Three students have been arrested after five petrol bombs were thrown into a police station in northern Hong Kong in the early hours of Wednesday, the third firebomb attack on the city’s force in the past 10 days.The attack on Tai Po Police Station happened shortly before 2.30am, and was the second of its kind this week. On Monday, three petrol bombs were thrown into Happy Valley Police Station.Officers used extinguishers to douse flames before firefighters arrived at the station on On Po Lane…
  9. The odds of airlines surviving the Covid-19 crisis have worsened, as a hoped-for rebound in world air travel will likely not come until 2021, an industry body warned, adding that global carriers are expected to burn through US$61 billion of cash in the next three months.The dire projections came as China, which the International Air Transport Association (IATA) previously believed would recover faster from the coronavirus epidemic, was now experiencing stalled domestic travel and restricted…
  10. Singapore is working on potential penalties for companies that don’t follow regulations on social distancing and telecommuting during the coronavirus crisis, the country’s manpower minister said.Currently only some 40 per cent of workers in the city’s Central Business District are following government directives to work from home, Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo said on Wednesday.How Singapore’s coronavirus battle plan won over its millennial voters“This is not nearly as far as we need to…