Chan Chun Sing (left), Carrie Lam (right).

The Hong Kong’s government will be relaxing restrictions on public gatherings and allowing gyms, cinemas, beauty parlors and others to re-open tomorrow (8 May).
As of yesterday (6 May), Hong Kong recorded no new cases of Covid-19. It was the 17th day in a row of no locally transmitted cases, with only a handful of imported infections over that period taking the city’s total to 1,040, with only 4 related deaths.
The easing of social-distancing rules also paves the way for bigger weddings and larger public gatherings.
Eight types of business, including amusement arcades, cinemas, gyms, beauty and massage parlors, and mahjong premises, could resume business in Hong Kong from tomorrow (8 May) onward, subject to conditions.
Bars can begin serving too, as long as they operate at half capacity. For weddings, 50 people can now be present, as opposed to 20 previously. Hong Kong’s 2,500 listed companies can hold shareholder meetings on public premises, capped at 50 people, with food and drink banned.
“We hope life can return to normal gradually with these venues reopening in stages, but some will reopen in the next phase after further consideration,” Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee told a radio programme.
The re-opening of some of the businesses in Hong Kong was announced on Tuesday (5 May) by Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who was previously ridiculed by Singapore’s Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing in Feb for wearing a mask to a press conference.
In a leaked audio, Chan told some Singaporean business people that if everyone in the Singapore government wore a mask to attend press conferences like what Ms Lam did, it would stoke panic among the public and Singapore’s hospital system “would have broken down” (‘Will Chan apologise to HK’s leaders for insulting them for wearing masks now that Singapore “u-turns” on mask usage?‘).
Singapore’s COVID-19 cases surge past 20,000
Meanwhile, Singapore under the 4G leadership of Chan and his colleagues reported 788 new COVID-19 cases as of noon yesterday, taking the country’s total to 20,198 (‘Singapore’s COVID-19 cases rise past 20,000 with 788 new infections; 2 more deaths‘, 6 May).
The Ministry of Health (MOH) also reported two more deaths, both Singaporeans. One of them was a 73-year-old man linked to the Mustafa shopping mall cluster. Singapore’s total death toll from the disease now stood at 20.
Of the 788 new cases, 759 were migrant workers residing in dormitories and 16 residing outside dormitories, while 13 were in the community. Seven additional new clusters were also found.
Among the 13 community cases was a 64-year-old Singaporean woman who was a patient at St Luke’s Hospital. The hospital said she had no symptoms but was tested as part of the hospital’s precautionary measures. She has been transferred to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).
“The affected ward has undergone deep cleansing and disinfection. Testing of patients and staff working in the ward have started,” said St Luke’s Hospital.
As of yesterday, 1,462 confirmed cases are still in hospital while a total of 17,082 have been housed at community facilities to free up hospital spaces.
Unlike Hong Kong, Singapore heavily relies on migrant workers to run its economy. At the moment, Singapore has close to 300,000 workers who live in either purpose-built or factory-converted dormitories. Non-profit organizations like TWC2 has criticised the Singapore government for allowing the workers to live in poor conditions found in some of the dormitories and raised alarms in February about potential outbreaks within the dormitories.
 

Subscribe
Notify of
15 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
You May Also Like

Save Atiqah – Second Chances Flea Market

The following was first posted at We Believe in Second Chances. In…

保障乘客隐私 新航永久禁用机舱摄像机

新加坡航空(SIA)于星期二(2月19日)向乘客做出保证,一些班级上的设置在娱乐系统中的摄像头,已经被“永久禁用”,并表示他们并没有计划使用有关的摄像机做任何意图。 新航是在接到乘客在社交媒体,推特贴文投诉新航在娱乐系统安装摄像头,担心乘客的隐私受侵犯一事,做出回应。 一名乘客Vitaly Kamluk于周日在推特上传了数张照片,写到: “刚刚在新航座位发现这个有趣的感应器(摄像头),它在看着我。请问有这款相机的专家意见吗?也许@SingaporeAir能够澄清它的用途?” Just found this interesting sensor looking at…

二ERP收费站于5月6日起提高收费

自5月6日起,位于中央高速公路(CTE)南行前往布莱德路(Braddell road),与德福天橋(Defu flyover)前往加冷–巴耶利峇高速公路(KPE)两条路段的收费站,将需支付更高费用。 该公告在陆路交通管理局(LTA)对道路和高速公路交通状況进行季度审查之后,于4月29日的新闻发布会上说明。 从早上8点30分至9点,,摩托驾驶者在中央高速公路南行前往布莱德路需支付二新元。 而在早上8点至9点,由德福天桥前往加冷–巴耶利峇高速公路的驾驶者则需支四元。 该局表示,ERP费率的下一次审查将于5月举行,用于6月的学校假期。