As the city-state turns 48, Singapore's citizens share what they're proudest of and where they see the country going. Featuring MPs Indranee Rajah and Zainudin Nordin, check out what you might have missed at this year's National Day Parade.
As the city-state turns 48, Singapore's citizens share what they're proudest of and where they see the country going. Featuring MPs Indranee Rajah and Zainudin Nordin, check out what you might have missed at this year's National Day Parade.
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Chinese soldiers on artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea have been sent upgraded tropical weather uniforms, state media said on Monday while reporting on new measures to keep personnel comfortable while stationed at the controversial outposts.The uniforms are China’s latest effort to bring improved daily essentials and better logistical support for People’s Liberation Army troops on islands in the sensitive area that China claims but is challenged by neighbours and rivals such as Vietnam and the United States.The kit includes camouflage clothing and inner wear made from breathable and quick-drying fabrics to help keep troops dry and moving in hot tropical weather, according to the Chinese military mouthpiece the PLA Daily.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.The uniforms were sent to soldiers on Fiery Cross Reef, one of the seven artificial islands reclaimed by China from coral reefs since 2013 and now developed into a comprehensive support base, including airstrip, radars and a maritime rescue centre.“The new combat clothing is … more suitable to wear in the South China Sea environment. It allows higher training efficiency and more vigorous patrol activities,” soldier Li Zhenshuang was quoted in the report as saying.Another soldier, Zhan Jianrong, agreed and said the new underwear was more comfortable.Zhou Jiang, an officer in charge of procurement for a Southern Theatre Command navy unit, told the PLA Daily the newly designed clothes and shoes would help improve training performance and the PLA navy’s procurement unit would continue to provide better performing clothing for soldiers in tropical areas. South China Sea: the dispute that could start a military conflictLate last year, Xinhua state media reported that the PLA had provided boots that were 27 per cent lighter and allowed greater agility for soldiers at Fiery Cross.In earlier accounts of military lifestyle improvements, PLA navy personnel at Woody Island, also known as Yongxing Island in China, were reported to have harvested more than 750kg (1,650lbs) vegetables for troops from sandy beach terrain using advanced techniques.In late 2020, the Chinese military commissioned a new hospital ship, the Nanyi 13, to provide mobile medical support in civilian and military missions in the South China Sea, Chinese media reported. Nanyi 13 visits islands, filling a void in maritime medical rescue across the vast South China Sea, even though China has built several medical facilities on artificial islands. China to boost pay for PLA forces after years of sweeping reformsSong Zhongping, a military analyst and a former instructor with the Second Artillery Corps, said the modernisation of China’s military forces included better logistics support, helping soldiers to be at their strongest during actual combat.“Better logistical support can save soldiers’ maximum physical strength and help them engage in combat operations to safeguard Chinese sovereignty and interests,” Song said.China claims almost all of the South China Sea, one of the world’s busiest waterways and rich in natural resources. However, an international tribunal in 2016 dismissed China’s claims, a ruling rejected by China.This article Beijing sends upgraded tropical wear to make troops comfortable at disputed South China Sea outposts first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Taiwan expelled nearly 4,000 Chinese vessels illegally dredging sand from its waters in 2020, authorities said Monday, a more than six-fold increase on the year before as Beijing seeks to heap pressure on the democratic island.
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Newly appointed US defence secretary Lloyd Austin has called on key Asian allies to work with the United States in the Indo-Pacific, part of efforts to boost defence ties in the region as its intense rivalry with China looks likely to continue.Austin, who was sworn in on Friday, did not name China but said the US opposed “any unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East China Sea” and reaffirmed to his Japanese counterpart Nobuo Kishi that the US military would respond to any attack on the Senkaku Islands under the US-Japan security treaty. The Senkakus are uninhabited islets in the East China Sea controlled by Japan but claimed by China and known as the Diaoyu Islands in Chinese.It was the first high-level phone call between Japan and America since US President Joe Biden took office and Austin urged Kishi to “strengthen Japan’s contribution to the role the alliance continues to play in providing security in the Indo-Pacific region”, the Pentagon said on Saturday.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.In a call on Sunday, Austin told South Korean counterpart Suh Wook that close cooperation between the two allies was important, and the two sides “affirmed the importance of maintaining the rules-based international order, and agreed to enhance cooperation on shared threats”, the Pentagon said.The two calls followed a phone conversation between new US national security adviser Jake Sullivan and his South Korean counterpart Suh Hoon on Friday, when Sullivan said the South Korea-US alliance was a “linchpin” of peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region.The exchanges with America’s most important allies in Asia come as the Biden administration, in response to China’s geopolitical posturing, is moving to renew the US alliance network, which was hurt by former US president Donald Trump’s “America first” policy.While Austin is believed to lack experience in the Indo-Pacific, he has pledged to focus strategically on China and Asia. In his confirmation hearing last week he said mending alliances and focusing strategically on China would be high on his agenda. The retired four-star army general and former commander of the US military effort in Iraq is the first African-American to serve as defence secretary. Diaoyu/Senkaku islands disputeChinese observers said the calls suggested the Biden administration would seek to counter Beijing’s growing influence in the region through its alliance network.Chen Xiangmiao, an associate research fellow with the National Institute for South China Sea Studies in Hainan, said Beijing could come under increasing pressure.“The pressure may not be limited to the military sphere but could extend to China’s relations with its neighbours in Southeast Asia, which are now a high priority in its diplomatic strategy,” Chen said. “The South China Sea may also become an issue in China’s bilateral relationships.”Song Zhongping, a Hong Kong-based military commentator, said Washington may seek the support of more countries to isolate China.“It could target countries like Japan, South Korea, the UK and even Australia and India,” Song said.Military tensions between China and the US have continued to rise in the first few days of the Biden administration. On Saturday, the US Indo-Pacific Command said a US aircraft carrier group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the South China Sea where it was “conducting maritime security operations, which include flight operations with fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, maritime strike exercises and coordinated tactical training between surface and air units”.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Monday said the US frequently sent aircraft and vessels into the South China Sea to “flex its muscles” and that this was “not conducive to peace and stability in the region”.According to the SCS Probing Initiative, a Beijing-based think tank, a US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft left its base in South Korea and entered the South China Sea on Monday morning, while at least nine other American military aircraft were spotted over the South China Sea on Sunday.“It can be expected that during the presence of the aircraft carrier Roosevelt in the South China Sea, all kinds of US military aircraft activities will continue,” the think tank said on Weibo, China’s Twitter.Biden has not yet outlined his Indo-Pacific policy but earlier named long-time Asia expert Ely Ratner as special assistant to the defence secretary on China matters. Observers said the appointment was likely to mean a competitive approach to China.Earlier on Saturday, Austin also spoke with British Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace and they “exchanged views on confronting strategic issues of mutual interest, including the Covid-19 response, concerns from a rising China, threats from Russia and ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan”, according to the Pentagon. Japan and Britain schedule security talks, aiming to counter China in Indo-PacificIn a move that could fuel tensions in the region, Britain has agreed for its Queen Elizabeth carrier strike group to take part in a joint deployment with the US military this year. A joint declaration signed last week enables the deployment of US Marine Corps and navy personnel and equipment – including a detachment of F-35B Lightning II aircraft and USS The Sullivans guided-missile destroyer – as part of a combined carrier strike group to be led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, according to the Pentagon.While details of the joint deployment are not clear, British defence officials, including former defence secretary Gavin Williamson, hinted earlier that the Queen Elizabeth would be deployed to Asia and the South China Sea.In 2019, Williamson said the region would be where China was “developing its modern military capability and its commercial power”. The comments angered Beijing, which warned London not to interfere in the region and said the South China Sea “should not become a battleground for big power competition, or a sea full of roaming warships”.Royal Navy amphibious assault ship the HMS Albion had sailed close to the China-claimed Paracel Islands in the contested waterway the previous year, a move Beijing called “a provocative action”.Chen said while is was likely the US would try to boost its alliances to apply pressure on Beijing, it remained to be seen how successful the strategy would be. He gave the example of South Korea, which may refrain from pushing Beijing on the South China Sea, especially given that China is the largest trading partner and closest ally of the North.Japan, however, saw China as a strategic rival and the waterway as a critical trade and energy supply route, so would be more likely to harden its position, he said.“China will have to step up efforts to stabilise relations with its [Southeast Asian] neighbours while pushing forward negotiations on the South China Sea code of conduct, because on this issue it is the countries in the region that really matter,” Chen said.The US has stepped up freedom of navigation patrols in the South China Sea in recent years to counter Beijing’s ambitions in the region, calling on allies to join it. Beijing has condemned the operations, saying they complicate the situation.More from South China Morning Post: * The JL-3: the new missile ‘raising the cost’ of a US fight with China * US-China relations: Washington urges Beijing to stop pressuring Taiwan after reports of airspace incursion * US-China tension: preventing war ‘relies on conversations between their militaries’This article China-US tensions: new American defence chief calls on Japan and South Korea to team up in Indo-Pacific first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 44 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Monday (25 January), taking the country’s total case count to 59,352.
Indian and Chinese troops fought a new brawl on their contested Himalayan border that left injuries on both sides, officials said Monday, highlighting the fraught state of relations between the giant neighbours.
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Decades worth of archaeological finds went on public display Monday in Pompeii, shedding further light on the ancient Roman city destroyed by a volcanic eruption nearly 2,000 years ago.
A former Chinese vice-premier urged the newly inaugurated United States President Joe Biden to “meet China halfway” to rebuild trust and restart dialogue to ease the “unprecedented predicament” of strained relations between the major powers.Zeng Peiyan, who served as vice-premier from 2003 to 2008 before becoming a top economic policy adviser in Beijing, said in virtual remarks at the Hong Kong forum “US-China Relations: The Way Forward” on Tuesday that the two sides needed to work to abolish trade tariffs, remove restrictions on people-to-people exchanges and cooperate on global leadership for issues such as pandemic control and climate change.“It was completely wrong to approach and manage Sino-US relations with such cold war mentality and ideological bias,” he said. “I hope that the US can take the opportunity to change its mentality and behaviour and meet China halfway so that we can engage rather than confront each other. To do that, first we need to build mutual trust by restarting and improving the multilateral engagement mechanisms between China and the US.”Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.Zeng spoke at the event co-hosted by the China-United States Exchange Foundation and the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges, a Beijing-based think tank that he chairs. He argued that the US’ strategic doubts and anxieties about the threat of a rising China had contributed to plunging relations in recent years.He said it was not inevitable for the two countries to fall into the Thucydides Trap, or the idea that war is a likely outcome when an emerging power threatens an existing major power.“Different social systems do not mean that China and the US will inevitably head towards confrontation,” Zeng said. “China has no intention of changing the US, let alone replacing it, and the US is unlikely to change China as it sees fit.” Joe Biden to work with allies to stop China’s ‘economic abuses’Zeng’s comments are a clear response to the hawkish approach to China from former US president Donald Trump’s administration over the past four years, notably from former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who said “free nations of the world” needed to triumph over the ruling Chinese Communist Party or be changed by China.Analysts forecast that Biden’s administration was likely to tone down some of the harsher rhetoric on China, but would seek to work with US allies and partners to grapple with the challenge of a more assertive China. But while Beijing is eager to reset relations with the new US government, observers have warned that the bipartisan political consensus in Washington has hardened against China, making a return to the China policy of former US president Barack Obama’s era unlikely.White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday said Biden would take a “multilateral approach to engaging with China”, including on evaluating the current tariffs on Chinese goods.“The president is committed to stopping China’s economic abuses on many fronts, and the most effective way to do that is through working in concert with our allies and partners to do exactly that,” she said.As the Biden administration is seeking to repair relations with US allies, Chinese President Xi Jinping told the World Economic Forum at Davos in a virtual address on Monday that attempts to “isolate, intimidate, decouple and sanction” others would “only push the world into division, even confrontation”.In a pre-recorded message at the start of Tuesday’s forum, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said she hoped Biden’s government would improve the “sharply deteriorated” relations between Beijing and Washington to the benefit of Hong Kong.She also urged the new US administration to view the national security law – imposed by Beijing on Hong Kong in June last year in response to months of pro-democracy protests – fairly. Lam described Trump administration sanctions against her over the national security law as “totally unjustified” and praised the national security law for having “restored stability” to the city. Lam has admitted she no longer has a bank account because of the sanctions.“I hope the new US administration will view the national security law in Hong Kong in a fair manner,” she said. “Meanwhile, I and my 11 senior colleagues who have been sanctioned will not be intimidated. We will continue to steadfastly, dutifully and lawfully carry out our duties to safeguard our country’s national sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity.”But Carla Hills, a former US trade representative under George H.W. Bush’s administration, told the panel differences between the countries on issues such as Beijing’s actions on Hong Kong and the South China Sea would not be easy to resolve. While Biden’s administration would seek cooperation with China on areas such as climate and world health, she said there would be competition where it was inevitable and confrontation when there was a crossing of red lines.“We will not see a swift removal of tariffs on China,” she said. “The political climate in the United States regarding China, both in Congress and with the American public, has darkened over the past year. He and his team will not want to appear soft on China.”More from South China Morning Post: * When President Biden gets tough on China, can US count on Vietnam? * China revamps trade negotiation team ahead of possible fresh talks with Biden administration * Will Joe Biden meet Xi Jinping? China awaits clues to future of US relations * Sanctions on China to remain even with Sino-US tensions set to ease under President Joe Biden: Hong Kong’s American Chamber of Commerce * How Mike Pompeo’s ‘genocide’ label for China over Xinjiang may set tone for Joe BidenThis article China-US tensions: meet us halfway to build trust and ease conflict, former Chinese vice-premier urges Biden first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
China has deployed a large number of launchers for its new advanced intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) to the country’s eastern and western areas for intensive training, as it and the United States continue their posturing over the disputed South China Sea.Satellite images by Maxar Technologies showed the Chinese military had deployed many DF-26 IRMB launchers to a training site in Shandong province in the east, according to a report by the Washington-based Federation of American Scientists (FAS) on Thursday, adding it was the first time it had seen the DF-26 operating in the area.Last week, Andrei Chang, editor-in-chief of the Canada-based Kanwa Defence Review, said in a YouTube video that China’s Rocket Force had deployed about 16 launchers for the DF-26 IRBM to its Qingzhou base in Shandong and another in Korla, in the far-western Xinjiang region.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.Chang had said the locations put India – with which China has been involved in a months-long border stand-off – within its range and posed a threat to the United States’ naval base in Yokosuka and other military outposts in Japan.The DF-26 IRMB is a mobile-road ballistic missile armed with a conventional or nuclear warhead with a range of 5,000km (miles).Chang said China had built two huge warehouses for the DF-26, indicating large deployment to the border area, but Chinese military expert Zhou Chenming said the DF-26 was in Korla for training, given the “missile shooting range in the uninhabited Gobi desert”. Zhou added: “It’s not the first time the DF-26 has been there, but the first time pictured by satellites.”Zhou said the powerful DF-26 was not needed to deal with India, while the Qingzhou base in the east was “just the rocket force’s training school”.Given its range, Zhou said DF-26 missiles could target foreign warships if they entered Chinese sea territory.“But China would not deploy the DF-26 to the front line and coasts, because it would be more easily found and destroyed by the US’ ship-borne tomahawk missiles,” he said. South China Sea: the dispute that could start a military conflictThe US has stepped up its presence in the disputed East China Sea and South China Sea in the past two years. It has sent two aircraft carrier strike groups and an expeditionary strike group to the region for freedom of navigation operations since last week, according to the US Navy.Military commentator and former People’s Liberation Army instructor Song Zhongping said: “China’s ultimate goal is to expel US aircraft carriers as far as possible.”In a test in August, China’s Rocket Force launched a DF-26 missile from its northwestern province of Qinghai to target a moving ship in the South China Sea.The DF-26 has previously been deployed to at least four other locations in China, according to the FAS and Chang.More from South China Morning Post: * China-US tensions: new American defence chief calls on Japan and South Korea to team up in Indo-Pacific * China-India border dispute: troops saw ‘minor’ clash amid ninth round of talks to resolve row * US, Japan defence chiefs vow closer ties amid China’s activities in South, East China seasThis article South China Sea: Chinese military deploys ballistic missile’s launchers for training first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Singapore's Court of Appeal on Monday (25 January) heard three challenges to Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalises sex between men.
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Cathay Pacific Airways has warned a plan by the Hong Kong government to impose a 14-day quarantine order and seven-day medical surveillance on its crew because of Covid-19 would force it to cut its passenger flight capacity by almost two-thirds.The airline said on Monday it might have to axe a quarter of its moneymaking cargo capacity, and predicted the new measure could increase its monthly cash burn by HK$400 million to HK$1.9 billion (US$ 245 million), unravelling the HK$500 million saved every month by making 5,900 people redundant and axing Cathay Dragon last year.Confirming a Post report last week, Cathay’s dire warning comes ahead of tighter restrictions on aircrew expected to be implemented in February, which will disproportionately hurt Hong Kong’s largest airline the most.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.Executive director Ronald Lam Siu-por said the tough measures would have a “significant impact” on the airline’s ability to service passenger and cargo markets.“The actual extent of such impact is yet to be confirmed and will be affected by a number of factors, including the success of mitigation measures we are able to adopt, such as agile manpower resources management,” said Lam, in a newly released monthly business report for December 2020.Not all flights are expected to be affected, the airline’s management said in a memo to staff.The Post has been told flights involving crew flying to a city and returning to Hong Kong the same day would not need quarantine, as long as they do not leave the aircraft.Chris Kempis, the airline’s director of flight operations, said it would need volunteer crew members to sign up for a complex set of flights, and it would be a temporary measure.“We anticipate needing to operate within a closed loop whereby volunteers agree to complete a compact set of flight duties within a period of three weeks, followed by 14 days of quarantine and 14 days free of duty,” Kempis said in the memo. What to expect when you fly in 2021: better hygiene, low faresIn December’s report, the airline said it carried 1,290 passengers daily, and the metric to indicate how full its planes were, stood at 18.4 per cent – still close to a record low.The airline is burning between HK$1 billion and HK$1.5 billion a month, as its revenue falls further than its ability to contain costs.Long-haul routes form the majority of Cathay’s passenger and cargo capacity, and any cutback on flights would mean a significant loss in revenue.Cathay’s operations remain in constant flux given the travel restrictions and health requirements in its key markets, such as Britain and Australia, and face further tightening at home because of mutant strains of the coronavirus.Through most of last year, the airline maintained a skeletal flight schedule reflective of severely depressed demand amid ongoing border closures and travel restrictions around the world.In December, Cathay was rocked by a ban on flights from Britain, cutting off a key source of revenue. At Christmas, the Hong Kong government increased mandatory hotel quarantine for inbound travellers to 21 days from 14, further discouraging travel. Hong Kong set to hit aircrew on long-haul flights with new quarantine measuresShukor Yusof, of aviation advisory firm Endau Analytics, said of the quarantine plan: “It is going to destroy [Cathay Pacific], its ability to recover in one piece. How can an airline of that size and standing be able to cope with something like this and a cash burn of HK$1.9 billion?”He said Cathay’s worries underlined how far away a recovery was, as rebounds of virus cases around the world affected many of the airline’s key markets. The reluctance of governments in lifting border restrictions and the re-emergence of the pandemic in places such as mainland China were also a blow to the airline’s recovery in the near term, he said.Last month, the airline said it was expecting to lose even more money than it did in the first half of last year. Cathay lost HK$9.87 billion between January and June 2020.Forecasts for the months ahead remain bleak in spite of a global Covid-19 vaccine roll-out starting to take shape.The ailing airline raised HK$39 billion last year to survive the pandemic, while the Hong Kong government also committed HK$27.3 billion for its rescue.More from South China Morning Post: * Coronavirus: Hong Kong set to hit aircrew on long-haul flights with strict new quarantine measures from next week in bid to contain surge of infections * Coronavirus: Cathay Pacific extends ban on flights from Britain to Hong Kong until late January * Coronavirus: Cathay warns its losses in second half of 2020 will outstrip even its record shortfall in first halfThis article Cathay Pacific warns new Covid-19 quarantine for aircrew could slash passenger flights by two-thirds and cost company HK$400 million a month first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
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The Senate on Monday approved President Joe Biden’s nomination of Janet Yellen to be the nation’s 78th treasury secretary, making her the first woman to hold the job in the department's 232-year history. Yellen, a former chair of the Federal Reserve, was approved by the Senate on a 84-15 vote, becoming the third member of Biden’s Cabinet to win confirmation. The 15 votes against her all came from Republicans.
A leading microbiologist is looking into how Covid-19 has spread in one of Hong Kong’s largest middle-class private estates, with the “chimney effect” possibly vertically transmitting the virus.Built in the early 1990s, Laguna City, in Lam Tin in Kwun Tong, is one of the city’s earliest large-scale private housing estates, consisting of 38 blocks and more than 8,000 residential units.Similar to Taikoo Shing, the estate is home to many middle-class families and professionals, overlooking Victoria Harbour.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.A partial evacuation order was issued for Block 5 on Monday after at least 10 cases had emerged in the building over the past two weeks, mostly in flat “E” across multiple floors.Two security guards at the estate have also been confirmed as carrying the virus, with one living on Reclamation Street in Yau Tsim Mong, which is also battling outbreaks.The district was home to 14 of the 73 new cases revealed by health authorities on Monday. Thirteen were discovered after more than 7,000 residents in one neighbourhood in Jordan were locked down and screened over the weekend.Leading microbiologist and government health adviser Professor Yuen Kwok-yung from the University of Hong Kong inspected the housing estate on Monday and said the security guard who lived on Reclamation Street might have brought in the virus.He also noted a family of four living in flat E on the 16th floor, all confirmed as infected, held a gathering on January 9 and at least one guest had been found to have the virus.The Department of Health has issued quarantine orders to all asymptomatic residents of E units and units combining with E units on all floors of Block 5, and is to transfer them to quarantine centres, while symptomatic residents would be sent to hospital. Hong Kong retail body predicts coronavirus-linked slump will continueYuen said the virus might be spreading through vertical transmission as six cases were tied to households in the E units on the 15th, 16th, and 17th floor.Although he found no “obvious gross leakage” in the building’s drainage system, residents in every E flat in the block would have to be quarantined as a precaution.“We feel that there’s a need to evacuate the residents in order to protect them, because they may be now exposed to infected aerosol which might be going up by the chimney effect in the lightwells or in the pipes,” he said.The Post has contacted Citybase Property Management, which manages Laguna City, for comment.Meanwhile, a resident surnamed Wong, who lives in Block 28, said there were multiple notices plastered near lifts and entrances around his block. They range from the management’s disinfection measures to home quarantine guidelines.“So far no one in my block has got [the virus],” he said. “I’ll be more worried if someone living there gets it.”Of the city’s latest cases, 69 were locally transmitted, while 38 were untraceable, and the remaining four involved arrivals from the Philippines, Belarus, Pakistan and India. More than 60 people also tested preliminary-positive.Eight involved residents in Sham Shui Po, including six who live in an area placed under tighter mandatory testing conditions, whereby a single case in a building triggers screening for all residents. Testing was ordered for two buildings on Yu Chau Street.A resident of Kin Ling Elderly Home on Ferry Street in Jordan was also confirmed as infected, forcing about 20 residents and up to six staff members into quarantine.“There is only one case so far and she is wheelchair-bound, so she usually does not leave the residential care home except for follow-ups or admission to hospital,” said Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection’s communicable disease branch. “The source of infection may be from other staff, other residents or even visitors, but we still need to investigate.”Also among the latest cases was a traditional Chinese medical practitioner who works in Smiling Shau Kei Wan Plaza. One patient, a doctor with the Department of Health, tested preliminary-positive.Health authorities revealed three nurses at Queen Elizabeth Hospital tested preliminary positive. Three wards at the hospital have been closed for cleaning, and nine other nurses have been listed as close contacts.“We appeal to the Hong Kong citizens to try to avoid going to the accident and emergency department of Queen Elizabeth Hospital because of minor symptoms,” Dr Lau Ka-hin, a chief manager at the Hospital Authority, said.Separately, adult patients at the AsiaWorld-Expo community treatment facility could choose to receive traditional Chinese medical treatment in addition to Western medical treatment starting on Tuesday, said Rowena Wong, chief of the Hospital Authority’s Chinese medicine department.“Based on our observations and studies we obtained from mainland China, we believe that Chinese medicine can help relieve some symptoms of Covid-19,” she said.Compulsory screening will also be required at Block 6 of Tung Fat Building in North Point after infections were reported in two flats.Hong Kong’s coronavirus tally stands at 10,158 cases, with 170 related deaths. The latest fatality was a 94-year-old female patient who died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the early morning.Additional reporting by Chan Ho-him and Thomas ShumThis article ‘Chimney effect’ may be spreading Covid-19 at large private housing estate in Hong Kong, health expert says first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Frank Lampard expressed his disappointment at not being given time to succeed after being sacked by Chelsea on Monday, with former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel set to take over at Stamford Bridge.