AP: Hong Kong begins mass testing for virus amid public doubts

AP: Hong Kong begins mass testing for virus amid public doubts. “Hong Kong tested more than 120,000 people for the coronavirus [September 1] at the start of a mass-testing effort that’s become another political flash point in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Volunteers stood in lines at some of the more than 100 testing centers, though many residents are distrustful of the resources and staff being provided by China’s central government and some have expressed fear DNA could be collected.”

Washington Post: First coronavirus reinfection documented in Hong Kong, researchers say

Washington Post: First coronavirus reinfection documented in Hong Kong, researchers say. “A Hong Kong man who was initially infected with the coronavirus in March and made a full recovery was reinfected more than four months later after a trip abroad, researchers reported Monday. The pre-print study, by a team at the University of Hong Kong, purports to be ‘the world’s first documentation’ of a patient who recovered from covid-19 becoming reinfected. Researchers sequenced the genome of his first and second infections to show the virus strains were different, suggesting he had been reinfected,”

LiveMint: Google, Facebook dump Hong Kong cable after US security alarm

LiveMint: Google, Facebook dump Hong Kong cable after US security alarm. “Google and Facebook Inc. dropped plans for an undersea cable between the U.S. and Hong Kong after the Trump administration said Beijing might use the link to collect information on Americans. But the companies quickly submitted a revised proposal that includes links to Taiwan and the Philippines, as envisioned in the application that was withdrawn on Thursday.”

CBC: Google stops responding directly to data requests from Hong Kong government

CBC: Google stops responding directly to data requests from Hong Kong government. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google said on Friday it would no longer provide data in response to requests from Hong Kong authorities following the enactment of a new national security law imposed by China. The U.S. tech giant had not produced any data since the sweeping new law took force in June and would not directly respond to such requests henceforth, it added.”

Hong Kong Protest Movement Data Archive: Poster Search Engine (Hong Kong Free Press)

Found at the Hong Kong Free Press: Hong Kong Protest Movement Data Archive: Poster Search Engine. From the “Methodology and sourcing” section: “The Poster Search Engine allows for text inside the movement posters to be searchable. In total, 23,366 posters have been collected from two major movement publicity Telegram channels: 777文宣傳播稿件大合集 and 反送中文宣谷 covering the movement up until January 23, 2020 and January 18, 2020 respectively. The text inside the posters was OCR-extracted by Google Docs, tokenised, and indexed. OCR errors were manually corrected by a team of Cantonese-speaking human editors who understand the context.”

New York Times: Hong Kong Delays Election, Citing Coronavirus. The Opposition Isn’t Buying It.

New York Times: Hong Kong Delays Election, Citing Coronavirus. The Opposition Isn’t Buying It.. “The Hong Kong government said on Friday that it would postpone the city’s September legislative election by one year because of the coronavirus pandemic, a decision seen by the pro-democracy opposition as a brazen attempt to thwart its electoral momentum and avoid the defeat of pro-Beijing candidates.”

CNN: Four Hong Kong student activists arrested for ‘secession’ over social media posts

CNN: Four Hong Kong student activists arrested for ‘secession’ over social media posts. “Police in Hong Kong have arrested four members of a student-led pro-independence group for suspected secessionist offenses on social media under the city’s sweeping new national security law. The arrests are among the first since the law was imposed on the city by China on July 1, which also criminalized subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces.”

ABC News (Australia): UNSW under fire for deleting social media posts critical of China over Hong Kong

ABC News (Australia): UNSW under fire for deleting social media posts critical of China over Hong Kong. “The official [University of New South Wales] account on Friday tweeted an article that quoted Human Rights Watch’s Australia director and adjunct law lecturer Elaine Pearson as saying: ‘Now is a pivotal moment to bring attention to the rapidly deteriorating situation in Hong Kong’. Several hours later, a further tweet was posted by UNSW reading: ‘The opinions expressed by our academics do not always represent the views of UNSW.'”

Bloomberg: Hong Kong Bracing for Worst Wave of Virus and It’s Not Ready

Bloomberg: Hong Kong Bracing for Worst Wave of Virus and It’s Not Ready. “With local infections growing over 600 in about two weeks, the Asian financial hub has been taken off-guard by the sudden eruption of infections, close to half of which are untraceable. While other places in the region like Australia are also facing aggressive resurgences, their hospital bed vacancies and testing capabilities appear to outstrip those of Hong Kong’s. The city reported 58 additional local cases on Tuesday, 24 of which were of unknown origins.”

Coronavirus: Hong Kong reports biggest one-day rise in cases (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Hong Kong reports biggest one-day rise in cases. “Hong Kong has recorded its highest one-day increase in cases since the pandemic began, the territory’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said. At a Sunday press conference, Ms Lam said there had been more than 100 new infections, and announced new restrictions to contain the spread.”

KRON4: Hong Kong Disneyland to close again amid new COVID-19 outbreak in China

KRON4: Hong Kong Disneyland to close again amid new COVID-19 outbreak in China. “Hong Kong Disneyland is closing after a new outbreak of COVID-19 cases in China amid the coronavirus pandemic. CNN reports the resort will close July 15 until further notice. The park had reopened less than a month ago on June 18 after closing late January during the first surge of coronavirus cases.”

Reuters: Hong Kong Tiananmen museum turns to digitalisation after new law

Reuters: Hong Kong Tiananmen museum turns to digitalisation after new law. “A Hong Kong museum chronicling the crackdown by Chinese troops on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square is raising funds to digitalise its collection as concerns over a new national security law create uncertainty over its future.”

NPR: How Hong Kong Reopened Schools — And Why It Closed Them Again

NPR: How Hong Kong Reopened Schools — And Why It Closed Them Again. “When Hong Kong appeared to be winning its war against COVID-19, schools started to reopen. That was the end of May. Things looked promising: From June 13 to July 5 there were no locally transmitted cases in Hong Kong. But the city is now fighting a third wave of infections, and the education bureau announced that the school year would end on Friday — about a week before the scheduled last day in mid-July.”

Mashable: TikTok will exit Hong Kong amidst controversial national security laws

Mashable: TikTok will exit Hong Kong amidst controversial national security laws. “TikTok will pull out of Hong Kong within days, becoming the latest of several tech companies to react to the region’s controversial new national security laws. The short-form video app announced its impending withdrawal from Hong Kong on Monday, with the news coming in the wake of new laws brought into effect on June 30.”