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The Ministry of Health confirmed five new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Thursday (26 November), taking the country’s total case count to 58,195.
A Canadian police officer whose notes suggest that information about Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou’s electronic devices was sent to US law enforcement agents testified on Wednesday that she later concluded the transfer never occurred.Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant Janice Vander Graaf said that she was initially concerned when first told about the supposed handover by her subordinate Constable Gurvinder Dhaliwal after Meng’s arrest on a US warrant at Vancouver’s airport almost two years ago – but that after reviewing an email from another officer she believed the “inconsistency” had been resolved.“After reading the email, I realised that it didn’t say exactly what Constable Dhaliwal had told me,” Vander Graaf testified in Meng’s extradition case in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.Canadian government lawyers representing US interests have repeatedly denied that the information – including the electronic serial numbers of Meng’s devices – was ever sent to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.Meng’s two phones, iPad, laptop and a memory stick were seized by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers in the hours before Meng was arrested by the RCMP at Vancouver’s airport on December 1, 2018, outraging China and sending Beijing’s relations with Ottawa plummeting. The devices were then given to the RCMP.Meng’s lawyers contend that the handling of the devices’ information is important because, they say, she is the victim of covert evidence-gathering by the border security agency and RCMP that was orchestrated by the FBI to aid a US fraud prosecution.Meng’s treatment was an abuse of process, they say, because she was questioned and handed over her devices without first being informed she was about to be arrested. As a result, they argue, the extradition request by the US should be tossed out.Vander Graaf’s notes from December 12, 2018, indicate Dhaliwal told her that Staff Sergeant Ben Chang of the RCMP’s financial integrity unit had sent the serial numbers to an FBI official.This concerned Vander Graaf, since evidence handovers are governed by a mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) with the US. She testified that she wrote up the conversation with Dhaliwal because she believed she might need to recall the evidence. Canada feared for safety of Meng witness in Macau who refuses to testifyBut Dhaliwal later forwarded Vander Graaf an email from Chang dated December 4. The email “clarified to me what Constable Dhaliwal was saying”, Vander Graaf said.“It didn’t say that Ben Chang had provided security numbers” to the FBI, she explained. “It said Staff Sergeant Chang would work under the MLAT process and obtain proper authorisation [in] a sending order.”The email “was inconsistent a bit with what Constable Dhaliwal had said about sharing directly of serial numbers”. But it resolved Vander Graaf’s concerns and she concluded that Dhaliwal had been mistaken in their December 12 conversation.Chang, who has retired from the RCMP and now works for a casino in the Chinese territory of Macau, said in an affidavit that he did not send the information. But he is refusing to testify in the extradition case; Canada’s Department of Justice said in a filing that it feared for Chang’s safety.Meng’s lawyers have also questioned other aspects of her treatment at the airport, including CBSA officer Scott Kirkland’s obtaining the passcodes to her devices.Vander Graaf said that neither she nor, to her knowledge, any RCMP colleagues asked the CBSA to obtain the passcodes. But Kirkland would later give the passcodes to the RCMP in what he last month testified was a “heart-wrenching” blunder that breached Canada’s privacy laws.Vander Graaf testified that once she found out Dhaliwal had received the passcodes, they couldn’t simply be returned to the CBSA. They had to be logged because they couldn’t be “unseized”, she told government lawyer John Gibb-Carsley.In cross-examination, Meng’s lawyer Scott Fenton pressed Vander Graaf on why a suggestion from a senior officer, Superintendent Peter Lea, that Meng be arrested on the plane was not followed. Under that sequence of events, Meng would likely have been cautioned before any immigration procedures, if they took place, instead of afterwards. Canadian officer says he took Meng’s device passwords without thinking“Arrests are always unpredictable,” said Vander Graaf, as she said safety risks influenced the decision not to arrest Meng on the plane.“You had no reasonable concerns [that] Ms Meng was carrying a weapon,” said Fenton, as he went on to reject Vander Graaf’s professed safety concerns.“I’m suggesting you’re making this up, into a much bigger thing than it was in your mind at the time,” he said.Vander Graaf denied this.Fenton suggested Vander Graaf was more concerned that Meng should not be alerted about the arrest warrant until after her immigration procedures, because this might have resulted in her seeking legal counsel. He also suggested Meng had been “deceived” to think she was undergoing a “bona fide immigration exam”.Vander Graaf again denied the suggestions.The claim that safety weighed on the decision not to arrest Meng on the plane has previously been made by Constables Dhaliwal and Winston Yep, who ultimately arrested Meng about three hours later.The US seeks to put Meng on trial in New York on charges that she defrauded HSBC by lying about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran and thus putting the bank at risk of breaching US sanctions.Meng, who denies the charges, is living under partial house arrest in one of the two houses she owns in Vancouver while she fights the extradition bid.Soon after her detention, Beijing arrested Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and accused them of spying. Ottawa considers the arrests retaliatory and both men to be victims of hostage-taking.More from South China Morning Post: * Canadian police officer denies trying to keep arrest warrant secret from Meng Wanzhou * Meng Wanzhou: Canada border agent ‘falsified account of questioning’, defence lawyer claims in court * Canada feared for safety of Macau-based witness who refuses to testify in Meng Wanzhou extradition case * Retired Canadian police officer refuses to testify at Meng Wanzhou’s extradition hearingThis article Canadian Mountie ‘concluded FBI never got Meng Wanzhou’s phone information’, but her notes say otherwise first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
Hong Kong opposition activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung is in solitary confinement after suspicions were raised when an X-ray reportedly revealed “a shadow” in his stomach.The lights in the room at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre will be on 24 hours a day and he will only be allowed to leave it if he has a visitor.Wong was remanded in custody on Monday after he pleaded guilty to charges of organising and inciting an unauthorised assembly near police headquarters on June 21 last year.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.The 24-year-old’s social-media administrator wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday night that the activist was being kept in a single cell of the centre’s medical ward after X-ray images showed a “foreign object in his abdomen”.“We do not know the situation well as the Correctional Services Department refused to show the images to Wong,” the post read. “The authority said the examination process could take three to five days. Until then, Wong needs to stay in the single cell.”According to the post, that meant leisure time in the recreation area would not be allowed, as Wong had to stay in the cell unless there was a visitor, and the room would have a light on around the clock.A prison source said X-ray scans showed “a shadow” in Wong’s abdominal area.“It is unclear what the shadow could be,” the source said. “Maybe he has swallowed something or maybe not. We need to examine his secretion and it will take several days.”The Correctional Services Department introduced low radiation X-ray body scanners at all its institutions in 2012 to help officers check for drugs being smuggled inside by new inmates.A department spokesman declined to comment on individual cases, but said it was standard procedure to conduct a security check, such as X-rays, on all new arrivals.“If the case is suspicious, the department will isolate the person concerned under the security mechanism required by the law,” the spokesman said. Hong Kong’s Joshua Wong calls for global support for Thai protestsUnder Covid-19 measures imposed by the department, all newly admitted inmates have to undergo a 21-day quarantine.On Monday, Wong and his long-time activist colleague Ivan Lam Long-yin, 26, changed their pleas ahead of their expected six-day trial at West Kowloon Court.Another member Agnes Chow Ting, 23, had already pleaded guilty to charges stemming from their involvement in a 15-hour siege of the city’s police headquarters during anti-government protests last year.The trio will remain in custody until next Wednesday, when they will be sentenced.This article Hong Kong opposition activist Joshua Wong put in solitary confinement with lights on 24 hours a day, after X-ray reveals ‘a shadow’ in his stomach first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
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China offered to cooperate with the United States’ incoming Biden administration regarding Afghanistan on Wednesday, extending an olive branch to the president-elect that came just ahead of formal congratulations by Chinese President Xi Jinping.“We are willing to work together with the new US administration, on the basis of non-confrontation, mutual respect, and the spirit of win-win cooperation to build a Sino-US relationship that is balanced, cooperative and stable,” the Chinese embassy in Afghanistan said in a statement.China sought “to jointly promote the peaceful and stable development of Afghanistan and contribute to the Afghanistan people’s aspiration of a beautiful life”, the statement added.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.It was issued by the embassy in response to a recorded message by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference, which was held online on Tuesday, in which Pompeo blamed China for the coronavirus pandemic. The embassy assailed Pompeo for spreading “malicious lies”.The statement came just ahead of Xi’s congratulatory message to President-elect Joe Biden, also on Wednesday, in which Xi said he hoped that China and the US might “join hands with other countries and the international community to promote the noble cause of world peace and development”.China’s foreign ministry had congratulated Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris on November 13, 10 days after Election Day, but stopped short of calling Biden the president-elect. Xi’s statement on Wednesday came after the US General Services Administration on Tuesday notified the Biden campaign it could begin the formal transition process to take power on January 20.Also speaking positively of China-US relationship in recent days, China’s former vice-foreign minister Fu Ying wrote in an opinion piece in The New York Times that Beijing and Washington could be friends and not foes.“Both governments have heavy domestic agendas to attend to, and so even if competition between China and the United States is unavoidable, it needs to be managed well, cooperatively. It is possible for the two countries to develop a relationship of “coopetition” (cooperation + competition) by addressing each other’s concerns,” Fu wrote. Xi Jinping sends congratulations to US president-elect Joe BidenThe Afghanistan conference, hosted by Finland and the United Nations, was attended virtually by nearly 100 countries and international groups.Donors pledged a total of US$12 billion of aid to the war-torn country in the next four year, less than the US$15 billion at the last such conference in 2016, and is contingent on the Afghan government’s handling of political reform, democracy, the rule of law, human rights, gender equality and other conditions.David Hale, the US undersecretary of State for political affairs also spoke at the conference, saying that Washington had originally planned for US$600 million in aid in 2021, but cut it by half “with the remaining US$300 million available as we review progress in the peace process”.Wang Yu, China’s ambassador to Kabul, told the conference that China called on the international community to “help the Afghans to become self-sufficient and prosper”.Beijing has provided at least 3.5 billion yuan (US$480 million) in aid to Afghanistan since 2001, with additional emergency humanitarian donations for disaster relief each year, according to Wang. The real reason China wants peace in AfghanistanThe conference followed an US announcement on November 17 that it would reduce its troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq by mid-January. The drawdowns, which would leave about 2,500 troops in each country, prompted calls both at home and among its allies that the withdrawal might bring instability to the regions.China was also angered early this month when the US State Department dropped the East Turkestan Islamic Movement - a loosely organised group blamed by Beijing for perpetuating violence attacks in the northwest Xinjiang region - from its list of “terrorist organisations”.A State Department official said that for years, there had not been any evidence the group was still active.More from South China Morning Post: * Xi Jinping sends congratulations to US president-elect Joe Biden * Republicans livid over Donald Trump’s plan to reduce troops in Afghanistan * China’s next border friction may be with Afghanistan, the ‘graveyard of empires’This article China offers cooperation with ‘new US administration’ after Afghanistan conference first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
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An opposition district councillor in Hong Kong has been arrested for allegedly wasting police time after claiming in an online post that he had earlier been detained and denied the chance to meet his lawyer.Cary Lo Chun-yu, 38, of the Democratic Party, was held on Wednesday after investigators found that he had never been held or taken to any police station, contrary to his claims.Lo, who was elected to Tuen Mun District Council in November last year, had said on his Facebook page on Saturday night that he had been detained by police earlier in the day when he went to the vicinity of a park on Fung Yau Street North in Yuen Long after learning that officers had surrounded two male protesters there.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.The councillor, a former bank compliance officer who studied law at the University of Hong Kong, also said he had been surrounded and subdued, with his hands held tightly behind his back while he was taken to a cordoned area.He also alleged that officers had intimidated him with vulgar language, before he was taken to Yuen Long Police Station where his requests to contact a lawyer were refused.Lo said he and two protesters were later released unconditionally.But Lo apologised to the public on Wednesday for causing doubts and misunderstanding. He said part of the Facebook message did not reflect the actual situation and was the result of a “serious discrepancy” during a telephone conversation with his assistant. He said he had withdrawn the post on Monday.“I will reflect on myself profoundly and be more careful in handling information delivered online in the future. ” Two Hong Kong district councillors among trio arrested over election expensesThe police force responded to his comments on Tuesday, saying there had been no such incident as claimed and that it was “utterly shocked” by the fabrication and smearing by a district councillor.Officers escorted Lo to his office in Tuen Mun’s Melody Garden estate for a search on Wednesday night, before the handcuffed councillor was taken to Yuen Long Police Station. He was released on bail in the early hours of Thursday and told to report back to police next month.Chief Inspector Law Like-him from the New Territories North region said the force had deployed a certain degree of manpower to investigate Lo’s allegations and that he had been detained on the grounds of “wasteful employment of police officers.”Lo is not the first district councillor to have been arrested recently. They swept Hong Kong’s district council polls last year. How have they fared?On Sunday, Henry Wong Pak-yu, who sits on Yuen Long District Council, and Kowloon City’s Timothy Lee Hin-long were among three men arrested by commercial crime police over suspicious election expenses claims. One of the suspects was also held for an imitation-firearms offence.On November 17, Sha Tin district councillor Raymond Li Chi-wang was arrested over a rally against the national security law in Causeway Bay months ago. He had previously been arrested soon after the event but refused bail and was later released by police.Pan-democrat candidates enjoyed a sweeping victory over pro-establishments incumbents in the district council elections last year, with Lo unseating controversial figure Junius Ho Kwan-yiu in the Lok Tsui constituency of Tuen Mun.More from South China Morning Post: * Two Hong Kong district councillors among trio arrested by commercial crime police over election expenses * After Legco disqualifications, Hong Kong’s opposition district councillors fear they’ll be next in government’s crosshairsThis article Hong Kong district councillor arrested over claims he had earlier been detained and denied access to lawyer first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
Meng Wanzhou's defence lawyers leveled new allegations Thursday of a "cover up" by the most senior Canadian law enforcement official to testify so far in the Huawei executive's extradition hearing.
President-elect Joe Biden said Wednesday that Americans "won't stand" for attempts to derail the US election outcome, as Donald Trump called for the results to be overturned.
Singapore said travellers from Finland and Turkey entering the city-state will be required to serve their 14-day stay-home notice at dedicated facilities.
Beijing lashed out at India on Wednesday after it banned another tranche of Chinese apps for national security reasons, the latest sore point between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
The Land Transport Authority has awarded a $932 million civil contract for the Johor Bahru–Singapore Rapid Transit System Link to Penta-Ocean Construction.
A man who illegally loaned money to 19 Filipino maids over nearly two years was jailed for two years, six weeks and fined $240,000 on 25 November.
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The Ministry of Health confirmed seven new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Wednesday (25 November), taking the country’s total case count to 58,190.
A front runner among China’s coronavirus vaccine developers has filed for approval to officially launch its product, after rival vaccines in the United States and Britain got a head start in proving the high efficacy of their candidates.China National Pharmaceutical Group, known as Sinopharm and whose subsidiary company China National Biotec Group is developing two inactivated coronavirus vaccines, has filed for regulatory approve to launch the vaccines, Xinhua Finance reported on Tuesday, citing Sinopharm’s vice-general manager, Shi Shengyi.The brief report did not specify which – or even how many – of the candidates would be reviewed. The two candidates, developed by different institutes under CNBG, have been testing for broad safety and efficacy, or how protective they are against unvaccinated groups, in 10 countries across South America and the Middle East. The safety and efficacy data has not been published.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.But a senior CNBG executive, who preferred anonymity because the matter was sensitive, said the report by Xinhua Finance was “inaccurate” and the company had yet to file for an official launch. He also said the phase 3 data review had not been completed.CNBG was contacted for official comment about the application to launch its product but did not respond.The report came days after two US vaccines – one by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, and the other by Moderna – announced their candidates were about 95 per cent effective in protecting against Covid-19. Coronavirus vaccine race: where are we and how far?Last Friday, Pfizer also disclosed it had applied to the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use and Moderna indicated it would soon follow suit. Meanwhile, another coronavirus vaccine developed by drug maker AstraZeneca and Oxford University is seeking regulatory approval for emergency use from the British drug regulator.Russia is the only country to have approved its vaccine for general use.The National Medical Products Administration, China’s drug regulator, granted emergency use authorisation in July for the two CNBG vaccine candidates to be used on high-risk groups based on data from early-stage trials. Nearly 1 million people have since been given the jab under the scheme.Early-stage trials showed that the vaccines could generate antibodies, an indicator of immunity, without serious side effects. However, vaccine developers will need to submit data from phase 3 trials to apply for their vaccine to be authorised for general use and CNBG is yet to release that data.CNBG was one of the earliest developers to push for human trials and the world’s first to enter the final stage. It has recruited more than 50,000 participants for a phase 3 trial and was set to review the data to assess whether the vaccine could protect participants against Covid-19, CNBG chairman Yang Xiaoming said last Friday.Two weeks ago, Sinopharm said its phase 3 trial was “in the sprint stage” and all related data “beat expectations”. Fifth Chinese Covid-19 vaccine candidate ready to enter phase 3 trialsSinopharm chairman Liu Jingzhen also spoke about the safety of the candidates in an interview with a media outlet in Sichuan, saying the company had not received a single report of a severe adverse event and that there were only cases with “some mild symptoms”.He also suggested that the vaccines were highly protective, saying that of the 56,000 people who had been given the CNBG coronavirus vaccine jab before heading to work and study in 150 countries, none had developed Covid-19.And in an overseas office, 81 employees were given the CNBG vaccine and none were infected, but of the 18 staff who were not given the jab, 10 were infected, Liu was quoted as saying in the interview.The two biosafety-rated facilities built by CNBG to make Covid-19 vaccines could manufacture 100 million doses this year and production capacity could be increased to 1 billion doses next year, Liu said this month.More from South China Morning Post: * Pfizer applies for US emergency approval of coronavirus vaccine * Coronavirus: AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine ‘offers up to 90 per cent’ protection in trials * Moderna says its Covid-19 vaccine is 94.5 per cent effective based on clinical trials * Coronavirus: 1 million Chinese injected with Sinopharm vaccine under emergency use schemeThis article Coronavirus: Sinopharm applies for regulatory approval from China to launch vaccine, state media reports first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
The Trump administration on Wednesday effectively killed a contentious proposed mine in Alaska, a gold and copper prospect once envisioned to be nearly as deep as the Grand Canyon and could produce enough waste to fill an NFL stadium nearly 3,900 times — all near the headwaters of the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery. The Army Corps of Engineers “concluded that the proposed project is contrary to the public interest” and denied a permit to build the Pebble Mine under both the Clean Water Act and the Rivers and Harbors Act, the agency said in a statement. It's at odds with President Donald Trump’s efforts to encourage energy development in Alaska, including opening up part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, and other moves nationwide to roll back environmental protections that would benefit oil and gas and other industries.
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Hong Kong confirmed 81 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, continuing its ongoing surge a day after the city’s leader set a “zero infection” target in her annual policy address which sparked a fierce debate on whether this could be achieved through mandatory testing and lockdowns.Fifty-nine of the new Covid-19 cases were from an expanding “super-spreader” outbreak among dance venues which has become the city’s largest to date, with a total of 311 infections so far.Thirteen cases were locally transmitted and untraceable, and six were imported, while more than 60 people tested preliminary positive.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.In her policy speech on Wednesday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor spoke of the possibility of launching another citywide testing scheme in a bid to achieve the target of “zero infection” if she could get public support and cooperation.But she later appeared to backtrack, suggesting at a post-address press conference that she had mentioned the ambitious target as more of an attempt to reassure the public.“The definition of ‘zero infection’ depends on who you ask,” she said without elaborating further.Some health professionals have suggested the term “zero infection” could be applied to all Covid-19 cases being traceable, while others have insisted the definition should stick to the literal meaning of the phrase.When questioned in the Legislative Council on Thursday, Lam did not use the specific term, saying only that all policies needed to take acceptability by the public into account.“From the public health point of view, it seems there is no 100 per cent guarantee … the most important thing is to prevent a rebound, and a spread after a rebound,” Lam said, adding that members of the public would not accept the government banning their children from returning to Hong Kong to spend Christmas at home, for example.Lam’s remarks reignited and intensified debate on how the city should break the coronavirus transmission chain, especially given that mainland China has refused to reopen its borders with Hong Kong unless it does a better job.Her predecessor, Leung Chun-ying, weighed in by piling more pressure on her in a Facebook post, telling her to face down her critics and “firmly tell” Hongkongers to achieve zero infection.“Do it or die,” Leung said bluntly, as he reiterated the pro-establishment camp’s long-standing demand for Covid-19 cases to be reduced to zero so that Hong Kong could resume cross-border business.Regarding the possible return of “large-scale universal community testing”, Leung’s successor on Wednesday admitted that mandatory testing for the whole population would require a month-long, citywide lockdown – which would be unacceptable to many residents.Lam said she would not rule out a partial lockdown if there was an outbreak in a district or involving a particular group of people.Public health experts have called for drastic measures for the city to succeed in getting rid of the coronavirus completely. Why Hong Kong and Singapore reacted differently to the travel bubbleRespiratory medicine expert Professor David Hui Shu-cheong from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who advises the government on the coronavirus, cited the mainland as one of the few nations in the world that could do it.“But it has to pay a high price by imposing localised lockdowns for two or more weeks, and it requires high discipline and compliance by residents,” Hui said.But Winnie Yu Wai-ming, chairwoman of the Hospital Authority Employees Alliance, a union representing frontline medical staff who went on strike at the start of the pandemic in a bid to force full border closures with the mainland, said no cross-border travel should be allowed at all.She urged officials to immediately suspend a scheme that allowed Hongkongers to return to the city from Guangdong province and Macau without having to undergo quarantine if they tested negative for the virus on the day of the journey or three days earlier.Thursday’s infection tally marked the third straight day of 80 or more confirmed cases, underscoring the severity of the fourth wave of the pandemic. The city has recorded 5,947 confirmed cases so far, with 108 related deaths. Hong Kong home prices unexpectedly drop in Covid-19’s fourth waveDr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection’s communicable disease branch, said at a regular press conference that mandatory testing was required for people who had recently visited seven venues linked to the dance cluster – Lucky Dragon Palace Restaurant in Ngau Chi Wan, Lucky Dragon Restaurant in Shek Kip Mei, Bandstage Live Music in Wong Tai Sin, A&B; Dance Studio in Causeway Bay, Rendezvous Arts in Prince Edward, and Philip Wain International Healthy and Beauty in Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui.“It seems many people have gone to Bandstage Live Music on the night of November 20, while some performers who have also been to other dance venues were confirmed. Other places like some restaurants had dance gatherings, so there could be some transmissions there,” Chuang said.A 77-year-old private doctor who last worked at his clinic in Fu Shun House in Fu Shan Estate near Choi Hung was among the new patients in that cluster. He started feeling unwell on Monday but still went to work for two days before testing positive.Thursday marked the start of a seven-day closure of bars, nightclubs and bathhouses, while the Leisure and Cultural Services Department stopped bookings for indoor dance activities until further notice.The 13 new untraceable cases included a 15-year-old girl studying at Fukien Secondary School in Siu Sai Wan.A 25-year-old woman who trained at the Hong Kong Customs College in Tai Lam in Tuen Mun was also among those infected without an identifiable source.Meanwhile, the government revealed that over 20,000 public and private establishments had joined its Leave Home Safe contact tracing programme, and more than 200,000 people had downloaded the app which would allow them to record their travel footprint and be notified of the risk of exposure to the coronavirus.Separately, Dr Linda Yu Wai-ling, a chief manager at the Hospital Authority, said six people had been told via SMS that they had tested negative when they were actually infected.“We handled the six [false negative] cases under our usual mechanism by contacting the patient to be admitted [to the hospital], so there was no delay in arranging care for the six confirmed patients,” Yu said.More from South China Morning Post: * Hong Kong fourth wave led by dance studios but bars and nightclubs must shut? * Dance off: the niche Hong Kong social scene behind city’s biggest Covid-19 cluster * ‘Zero infection’ unlikely in Hong Kong without drastic action to curb fourth wave of coronavirus, experts say * Cooperation key in latest coronavirus battle * Coronavirus: Hong Kong leader sets out target of zero infections with community testing, as city confirms 85 new casesThis article Coronavirus: debate erupts over how Hong Kong can achieve target of ‘zero infection’ as fourth wave rages with 81 new cases confirmed first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.