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Hong Kong coronavirus cases reach 973 as new cases slow to 13

Hong Kong’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen to 973 as the government added 13 new infections, aged 21 to 66, on Thursday. The announcement came weeks after authorities implemented a raft of social distancing measures, slashing the number of customers at food outlets and shuttering thousands of entertainment businesses in a bid to […]

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Constitutions matter: Hong Kong, New York City and the coronavirus

In our coronavirus pandemic, consider the still developing outcomes in two large cities, both densely populated, globally connected, relatively transparent, and with first-world health care systems: New York City and Hong Kong. By April 1, 2020 in Hong Kong (pop. 7.5 million) four people had died from the virus. In New York City (pop. 8.6 […]

Hungry and indebted: Kenyan domestic worker falls victim to forced labour in Hong Kong

When Mary saw a job advertisement recruiting foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong on Facebook three years ago, her face lit up.   The 29-year-old Kenyan thought the monthly wage of HK$4,410, way higher than her income at home in Nairobi, would contribute towards paying for the education of her six siblings whilst supporting her retired […]

Against all odds: New district councillor Chan Tsz-wai says residents’ needs should come before politics

Chan Tsz-wai, a 27-year-old newly elected district councillor for Jordan South, says he is committed to bringing about change in a community where residents’ concerns have been previously overlooked. Last year’s district council election saw around 2.94 million people – 71 per cent of registered voters – cast their ballots. In comparison, the turnout rate for […]

From uprising to outbreak: Hong Kong sign language interpretation group gets political

Sequestered in a nondescript office building in Lai Chi Kok, Jason Wong readies himself in front of a row of camerapeople preparing to live stream a press conference. “Please film the sign language interpreter,” the moderator announces. It is a routine reminder necessary due to their tendency to zoom in on speakers, cutting interpreters out of the frame entirely. […]

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