Hong Kong Tightens Gatherings, Sends Civil Servants Home

About This Source - Bloomberg QuickTake: Now

Bloomberg L.P. is a privately held financial, software, data, and media company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

It was founded by Michael Bloomberg in 1981, with the help of Thomas Secunda, Duncan MacMillan, Charles Zegar, and a 12% ownership investment by Merrill Lynch.

Recent from Bloomberg QuickTake: Now:

  • Trump’s Presidency Taught Us How to Protect American Democracy
  • What Happens After an Authoritarian Leader Leaves Political Office?
  • See President Biden’s Newly Redecorated Oval Office
  • Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “Hong Kong Tightens Gatherings, Sends Civil Servants Home” – below is their description.

    Hong Kong introduced the city’s toughest public-gathering restrictions in months and decided to send civil servants back to work-from-home arrangements as the government steps up efforts to contain the latest wave of coronavirus infections in the Asian financial hub.

    Public gatherings will be limited to two people, including at restaurant tables and at sports venues, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said at a briefing on Monday. Most new measures will go into effect on Wednesday and last two weeks, she said.

    The slew of restrictions come as Hong Kong reported 76 new coronavirus patients for the day, with most of them being local transmissions and nine cases being untraceable. The new measures are similar to those announced in July, when the city faced its worst-ever outbreak. The current resurgence has already delayed a planned air travel bubble with Singapore, and the onset of colder weather may mean that the virus’s spread is harder to curb.

    Many multinational companies refer to what civil servants are doing to determine their own guidelines about employees coming to the office. When civil servants were told to work from home during the last wave of Covid-19 cases, government services such as work-visa extensions were delayed. Hong Kong estimates the government employed more than 177,000 people as of June, accounting for about 4.6% of the city’s workforce.

    Lam also announced the closure of venues such as mahjong parlors and swimming pools. Restaurants will also have to shorten restaurant dine-in hours to 10 p.m. Amusement parks will also be shut. The maximum penalty for violating social distancing measures will be HK$25,000 ($3,225) and imprisonment.

    Hong Kong earlier announced that schools would shut again from Wednesday. The city’s social distancing measures have drawn criticism from businesses for being more unpredictable than places such as New Zealand, South Korea or Singapore.

    Bloomberg Quicktake: Now YouTube Channel

    Got a comment? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below. Please note comments are moderated before publication.

    In This Story: COVID-19

    Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

    Symptoms of coronavirus

    The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

    • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
    • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
    • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

    Latest News about Covid-19

    Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

    5 Recent Items: COVID-19

  • Fauci: ‘Liberating’ to work with new team on virus
  • 2021/01/21 U.S. policy reversals and China-U.S. ties under Biden
  • Anthony Fauci feels ‘liberated’ now Donald Trump has gone
  • Covid-19: France aims to vaccinate entire population by end of August
  • NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) – January 21st, 2021 | NBC Nightly News
  • In This Story: Hong Kong

    Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

    Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.

    3 Recent Items: Hong Kong

  • The Year Ahead: More Vaccinations, More Stimulus, More Sanity
  • Hong Kong wheelchair climber hauls himself up a skyscraper for charity
  • Biden expected to maintain tough stance on China
  • In This Story: New Zealand

    New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It consists of two main landmasses—the North Island and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands, covering a total area of 268,021 square kilometres.

    4 Recent Items: New Zealand

  • Fauci Pledges U.S. Covax Support in Re-Engagement With WHO
  • Helen Clark discusses the WHO inquiry into the global response to COVID | 7.30
  • Focus: PM unveils details of housing plan | nzherald.co.nz
  • Independant panal says China could’ve avoided the coronavirus pandemic | DW News
  • In This Story: Singapore

    Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign island city-state in maritime Southeast Asia.

    The country’s territory is composed of one main island, 63 satellite islands and islets, and one outlying islet, the combined area of which has increased by 25% since the country’s independence as a result of extensive land reclamation projects. It has the second greatest population density in the world. The country has almost 5.7 million residents, 61% (3.4 million) of whom are Singaporean citizens. There are four official languages of Singapore: English, Malay, Chinese, and Tamil; with English being the lingua franca.

    2 Recent Items: Singapore

  • Singapore Optimistic U.S. Will Stay Engaged With Asia: Chan
  • What’s Ahead for Samsung After Sentencing of Jay Y. Lee
  • In This Story: South Korea

    South Korea, an East Asian nation on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, shares one of the world’s most heavily militarized borders with North Korea. It’s equally known for its green, hilly countryside dotted with cherry trees and centuries-old Buddhist temples, plus its coastal fishing villages, sub-tropical islands and high-tech cities such as Seoul, the capital.

    2 Recent Items: South Korea

  • South Korea: New COVID-19 cases drop since December record high
  • Kia shares soar on reports of link to Apple car
  • Leave a Comment