Month: February 2020

China coronavirus aid arrives in Tehran as Iran rebuffs US offers

Chinese medical specialists and supplies have arrived in Iran, as the country struggles to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has already infected 388 Iranians, the highest total outside China.The aid arrived as Iran dismissed offers of help from the United States.Chinese ambassador to Iran Chang Hua confirmed on his social media account on Saturday that…

Coronavirus: cost to China’s economy may be larger than Beijing hopes as February manufacturing and service sectors plunge

The damage caused by the coronavirus outbreak to China’s US$14 trillion economy could be much worse than Beijing hoped, as official measures for the country’s factory and service activity indicated on Saturday, threatening President Xi Jinping’s vision for 2020 and underscoring his urgent appeal to get production back to normal.Monthly economic indicators for February sank…

Hundreds of hotel guests, Sikh Temple worshippers evacuated after discovery of suspected wartime bomb in Hong Kong

Hundreds of hotel guests and temple worshippers in Hong Kong’s Happy Valley are being evacuated following the discovery of a suspected wartime bomb.Police said a worker uncovered a bomb at noon on Saturday at a construction site at Sikh Temple along Hau Tak Lane. A police source said the bomb was about 1.5 metres in…

US government expresses concerns over arrests of Apple Daily owner Jimmy Lai and pro-democracy politicians in Hong Kong

The United States government has expressed concerns over the arrests of media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying and two veteran pro-democracy politicians over an unlawful assembly, saying the swoop poses implications for the city’s freedom.In a brief statement released hours after the three were arrested on Friday, the US Department of State called on Hong Kong…

Elderly woman in Hong Kong nursing home dies after another resident placed plastic bag over her head

An elderly woman living in a nursing home in Hong Kong has died after another resident was suspected to have suffocated her by placing a plastic bag over her head.Police received a call from a worker at Senior Care (Man Kee) Elderly Care Home in Man Kee Mansion on Waterloo Road, at 5.11am on Saturday.Paramedics…

Coronavirus: who are those hoping to jump on Hong Kong’s mask production bandwagon?

Dicky Chan’s ambition has led him to a small en suite bedroom he cannot leave – at least temporarily.Inside a cramped, subdivided flat in the New Territories, the 38-year-old cleaning firm boss is undergoing self-quarantine, an inconvenient, if necessary, step in his bid to become one of Hong Kong’s next-generation mask producers.Chan settled into the…

Hong Kong’s fascination with ghosts and woks shows Cantonese can be a lot more subtle than we think

The common Cantonese slang gweilo literally means “ghost man” and Hongkongers often use this phrase to describe a foreigner, especially a Westerner. Although it has been generally accepted into the local vernacular, it still sparks interesting conversations as to whether the term is endearing.Whether you think the word is offensive to some degree, many, including…

Hong Kong’s management of the coronavirus epidemic is an evolving science, even after the lessons of Sars

On March 10, 2003, the severe acute respiratory syndrome unceremoniously announced its foothold in Hong Kong in an outbreak of the infection at the Prince of Wales Hospital, eventually infecting 239 health care professionals, medical students, patients and visitors. It exposed Hong Kong’s vulnerability to new and emerging infectious diseases, in its geopolitical position and…

Amid coronavirus outbreak, bigger killers lurk for Hong Kong’s elderly living alone – isolation and panic

Chau Mee-heung, 84, lives alone in a 100 sq ft public rental flat in Hong Kong’s Lam Tin. She lost her husband to colorectal cancer in 2003, and her younger son to the severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic that year.She has hypertension and diabetes, and does not go out unless necessary, but amid the coronavirus…

Coronavirus cake, anyone? Italians fight fear with silliness as cases jump to 888, including 21 deaths

Crack that prosecco, it’s aperivirus time. And why not accompany your bubbly with a slice of virus ice-cream cake, fresh from the area of Italy worst hit by the disease?The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country rose on Friday to 888, of which 21 people have died – the highest number of…