South China Morning Post: Hong Kong’s privacy watchdog takes down 90 per cent of social media posts deemed to constitute doxxing under new law

South China Morning Post: Hong Kong’s privacy watchdog takes down 90 per cent of social media posts deemed to constitute doxxing under new law. “Hong Kong’s privacy watchdog has taken down about 90 per cent of social media posts it deemed constituted doxxing after legal amendments were passed last year to criminalise such behaviour.”

South China Morning Post Magazine: Photo archive covers 25 years of change in Hong Kong, its 42,000 images the work of one man – artist and academic David Clarke

South China Morning Post Magazine: Photo archive covers 25 years of change in Hong Kong, its 42,000 images the work of one man – artist and academic David Clarke. “At the beginning of 1995, artist and academic David Clarke had a light-bulb moment: he would create a photography project over a five-year period. He got a bit carried away – the project ended up spanning 25 years…. The result, ‘Hong Kong in Transition’, a collection of more than 42,000 photos, is now available as a free-to-use archive hosted on the HKU art history department’s website.”

South China Morning Post: Supporters of Hong Kong chief executive candidate John Lee accuse Google of interfering in poll after YouTube pulls his channel

South China Morning Post: Supporters of Hong Kong chief executive candidate John Lee accuse Google of interfering in poll after YouTube pulls his channel. “Online video platform YouTube cancelled Hong Kong’s sole chief executive candidate John Lee Ka-chiu’s campaign channel on Wednesday as it emerged that Facebook had restricted his user status, both citing compliance with United States sanction laws but earning a rebuke from the leadership contender who accused the US of bullying.”

CIDRAP: Study sheds light on death spike in Hong Kong COVID-19 surge

CIDRAP: Study sheds light on death spike in Hong Kong COVID-19 surge. “The recent Omicron variant surge in Hong Kong came with a mortality rate among the world’s highest yet in the pandemic, a troubling development in a region known for its strong pandemic measures, and today researchers from the United States, Hong Kong, and China who dug into the data suggest that vaccination lapses in older people played a major role.”

Associated Press: Hong Kong urges testing, Shanghai struggles under lockdown

Associated Press: Hong Kong urges testing, Shanghai struggles under lockdown. “Hong Kong authorities on Saturday asked the entire population of more than 7.4 million people to voluntarily test themselves for COVID-19 at home for three days in a row starting next week. The announcement by Chief Executive Carrie Lam came as the southern Chinese city is struggling to contain its worst outbreak with authorities sending mixed signals about testing and lockdowns.”

South China Morning Post: Missing coffins? Hong Kong’s Covid-19 deaths leave funeral agents struggling to meet demand for caskets

South China Morning Post: Missing coffins? Hong Kong’s Covid-19 deaths leave funeral agents struggling to meet demand for caskets. “Hong Kong Funeral Business Association chairman Ng Yiu-tong said he had heard of coffins allegedly stolen from warehouses earlier this month, when the high number of deaths from the city’s fifth wave of Covid-19 infections resulted in a shortage of caskets…. But he added that he would not be surprised if funeral workers mixed up casket orders by mistake as the industry faced its busiest period since the pandemic began two years ago.”

‘It’s a nightmare’: Hong Kong runs low on coffins as omicron exacts deadly toll (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Times: ‘It’s a nightmare’: Hong Kong runs low on coffins as omicron exacts deadly toll . “In just a matter of weeks, the city of more than 7 million has transformed from one of the safest places to be during the global pandemic to having what’s believed to be the highest rate of COVID-19 deaths in the world. On Feb. 18, Hong Kong had a total of 259 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began. A month later, the number had soared to nearly 4,600 — on par with the total in China, a country of 1.4 billion people. With an alarmingly low vaccination rate among its seniors, about 90% of Hong Kong’s deaths in the latest wave have been of patients 60 or older. Morgues and hospitals have run out of room to store bodies. The city is awaiting a fresh batch of coffins arriving by sea.”

Hong Kong Covid crisis: why is the death rate so high? (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Hong Kong Covid crisis: why is the death rate so high?. “Before the fifth wave, Hong Kong had reported a total of 212 coronavirus-related deaths. Now it is recording above that amount daily. Virologist Siddharth Sridhar at Hong Kong University’s Department of Microbiology said Hong Kong’s Covid-19 death rate – among the worst in the world – was ‘tragic but expected’, pinning it on a ‘perfect storm’ of low vaccination rates among elderly people, low rates of prior infection and an overwhelmed healthcare system.”

Reuters: COVID surges in Hong Kong, leader urges vaccines

Reuters: COVID surges in Hong Kong, leader urges vaccines. ” Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Friday that the city’s COVID-19 vaccination program would focus on its elderly and children, as authorities battled to reduce a massive surge in infections and climbing death rates. Health authorities reported over 29,000 new infections and 196 deaths on Friday.”

Empty Stores and an Exodus: Hong Kong’s Covid Crackdown Stirs Panic (New York Times)

New York Times: Empty Stores and an Exodus: Hong Kong’s Covid Crackdown Stirs Panic. “Tens of thousands of new Omicron cases are being reported each day, and deaths have surged. The anxiety gripping Hong Kong is not just about the explosion of infections, but also about what the government will do next. Mixed messages from officials have left residents wondering: Will there be a lockdown? Will we be sent into isolation facilities? Will our children be taken from us if they test positive?”

‘I Don’t Dare Get the Shot’: Virus Ravages Unvaccinated Older Hong Kongers (New York Times)

New York Times: ‘I Don’t Dare Get the Shot’: Virus Ravages Unvaccinated Older Hong Kongers. “For two years, Hong Kong had largely avoided a major coronavirus outbreak with tight border controls and strict social distancing measures. Then Omicron triggered an explosion of infections, exposing the city’s failure to prepare its older — and most at risk — residents for the worst. In a matter of weeks, the outbreak quickly overwhelmed Hong Kong’s world-class medical system.”