Another pet cat tests positive for COVID-19 in Hong Kong

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    Source: Coconuts HK

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    A pet cat has tested positive for COVID-19 in Hong Kong, authorities said on Tuesday.

    The American shorthair 

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     the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) on July 21 after her owner, who lives in Sheung Wan, tested positive for the virus. “The AFCD will continue to closely monitor the cat and conduct repeated testing,” the department said in the statement. It added that the cat is not experiencing any symptoms. When a pet owner in Hong Kong is confirmed as infected with COVID-19, or is classified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, 

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     the pet to be quarantined at a facility at the Hong Kong port of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

    In the earlier months of the outbreak, two dogs and a cat in the city tested positive for the virus. None of them showed any symptoms. One of the dogs, a Pomeranian, 

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     after it was released from quarantine upon testing negative twice. But medical sources say the dog, which was 17 years old and suffering from underlying illnesses, likely did not die of COVID-19 complications. Last week, 

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     the fecal sample of a Domestic shorthair cat living in Choi Hung also tested positive, but oral cavity, nasal and rectal subsequent samples returned negative. 

    Experts globally agree that there is no evidence suggesting that pets can spread the coronavirus to humans, and that the reverse is more likely. During the SARS outbreak in 2003, 

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     tested positive for the virus in Hong Kong, sparking brief panic that SARS-infected animals could be carriers of the disease. But research showed that no animal was found to have spread the virus to other animals or humans. Pet owners are advised to maintain a hygienic household environment and keep a distance from their pets if they feel ill. 


    Furious McDonald's customer brutally beats a restaurant worker after ‘being reminded to put on a face mask’

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    Source: Mail-On-Line/youtube

    Viral footage shows the furious customer throwing punches at the male employee

    The male customer became angry after the fast-food chain worker reminded him to put on a face mask

    A man is under police investigation after allegedly assaulting a staff member at a McDonald’s restaurant over the use of face masks in 

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    , according to reports.  The male customer who had entered the store without a face covering became angry after the fast-food chain worker reminded him to put one on, said local media. 

    The incident comes as Hong Kong has launched strict measures this week to battle a surge of coronavirus infections emerging in the city since July. Viral footage shows the furious diner throwing punches at the male employee before pushing him to the ground and repeatedly kicking him. The restaurant worker is being treated at a local hospital after suffering injuries on his face, according to reports.

    The incident is said to have happened in the early morning of Tuesday at a McDonald’s branch at Shan King Commercial Centre in Hong Kong’s Tuen Mun district. A man and a woman were ordering food before the restaurant manager asked them to wear face coverings. The franchise business said that they had stopped serving customers who show fever symptoms or not wearing face-coverings, according to local station 

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    . Angered by the employee’s reminder, the man is seen in a 

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     force-entering the restaurant’s front counter while shouting ‘call the police then’. The customer then started hitting the worker before pushing him to the floor and repeatedly kicking him. After the man launched the brutal assault, the couple left the McDonald’s in a hurry and were picked up by a van outside the restaurant, reported local newspaper 

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    Police told the local media that they had received a report from the restaurant following the incident. The male manager, known by his surname Luo, is said to have suffered injuries on his face and been treated at a local hospital. The officers have detained a 27-year-old man, known by his surname Zhang, who was the driver of the van but not the attacker, according to reports.

    The authorities are still trying to locate the male customer who beat the manager amid an ongoing investigation, said Apple Daily. A spokesperson from McDonald's said the company would continue to comply with the government’s anti-virus measures by temporarily refusing to serve customers showing fever symptoms or without face masks. 

    In a reply to Facebook users, the franchise business 

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    : 'We attach great importance to the health and safety of customers and employees, and will continue to fully cooperate with the government's anti-epidemic measures, including temporarily not serving people with fever or not wearing masks.  'We will continue to implement McDonald's Hong Kong's commitment to protect the health and safety of customers and employees.'

    MailOnline has contacted McDonald’s for further statements. The US company's franchise businesses in mainland China and Hong Kong have been mostly owned by a state-owned company CITIC since 2017.  It comes after Hong Kong government has announced fresh anti-virus measures this week to fight what officials called 'a third wave' of COVID-19 cases.

    The authorities have banned more than four people from gathering in public and requiring passengers to wear face masks on public transport or risk a £510 fine.  Alongside a ban on more than four people gathering in public, restaurants will only be able to serve takeaway food from 6:00pm to 5:00am, however they can still serve those eating in for breakfast and lunch. 


    Court acquits Hong Kong man accused of pushing policeman during protests

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    Source: SCMP

     

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    A Hong Kong man accused of pushing a 

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     during last year’s anti-government protests has been acquitted of assault after the magistrate ruled he had been coerced into making a confession.
     
    Kwun Tong Court on Tuesday ruled that Kwong Chi-wai had been subjected to physical and verbal abuse by police officers following his arrest on the night of November 12, when protesters blocked roads in Kowloon Bay as a continuation of a 

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     that took place a day earlier. The 39-year-old interior designer was said to have ignored police warnings and walked towards a cordon on the pavement of Kwun Tong Road, outside Kowloon Bay MTR Station, before using his right shoulder to hit Constable Tse Chun-hung’s shield. The defence counsel contested the account, saying Kwong was merely a resident of the neighbourhood who was on his way home after doing his laundry. 
    Fiona Nam Hoi-yan, for Kwong, complained during the trial that officers had used pepper spray on Kwong at close range before pouring an unknown liquid on his head, making the inflammatory substance flow down his body and causing searing pain. He later felt unwell and vomited inside a police van after arrest, but was asked by an unknown officer to “clean it up with his tongue” before he was allowed to get off, Nam continued, adding that Kwong was repeatedly intimidated during the car journey to the police station.

    That submission was accepted by Principal Magistrate Ivy Chui Yee-mei, who found Kwong could not have signed the confession with full understanding of his legal rights while he was sick. Chui said her conclusion was supported by the evasive attitude of Constable Wong Ka-chun, who took the caution statement from Kwong, as he had deliberately omitted important details of the case in his own testimony – including the fact that Kwong vomited but was not given timely medical attention.

    The magistrate further rejected Constable Tse’s evidence in court after finding his explanation for his course of action to be contradictory. She said the policeman did not provide a truthful account of the events, especially when he failed to explain why Kwong would assault him having complied with Tse’s initial request to stay clear of the police-check line. Chui also found it strange Tse had forgotten what happened to Kwong after the alleged attack, including how he was subdued and arrested. “I found the defendant an honest and reliable witness,” Chui said. “The prosecution has failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt.”
     
    The magistrate ordered the prosecution to bear Kwong’s legal costs for the proceedings. Asked outside court whether he had anything to say to the police officers involved in his case, Kwong said: “We are all Hongkongers. The same goes for the police.”

     


    School condemns bullies after girl filmed being beaten with fire bucket lid and pushed to eat sand

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    Source: SCMP/On.cc

    The girl being bullied in the video was wearing a jacket with the initials of Tack Ching Girls’ Secondary School. Photo: Handout

    The bullies also tried to make the girl eat sand. Photo: Handout

    A Hong Kong secondary school has condemned a bullying incident caught on camera, which shows a pupil being beaten with the lid of a fire bucket and pushed to eat the sand in it. Tack Ching Girls’ Secondary School (TCGSS) in Sham Shui Po on Saturday vowed to deal with the matter seriously and said it regretted the incident between students earlier this week.

    In a video circulated online, a young, short-haired girl wearing a jacket with the initials TCGSS was left cowering in a stairwell in an attack involving at least two culprits. The girl was repeatedly hit on the head and arms with the lid, and she was ordered in Cantonese to eat the sand in the bucket, the video showed.

    A police spokesman confirmed the force received a report from the father of a 13-year-old girl who was injured during an incident at a staircase of Hoi Lai Shopping Centre in Cheung Sha Wan. A preliminary investigation found the girl was suspected to have been attacked with hard objects, and the case was listed as assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The victim sustained injuries to the head and arms and was sent to Caritas Medical Centre in Sham Shui Po for treatment.

    TCGSS said in a statement on Saturday: “The school deeply regrets the video circulating online a few days ago about the school’s student being bullied … we are investigating the matter with the related person and will deal with it seriously.” The school said it had always focused on instilling respect among students. “Students grow up in the face of difficulties and challenges. Our team of teachers, as always, provides appropriate training and guidance to allow students to learn how to get along with others, respect others and take responsibility,” the statement added.

    Hong Kong has a serious problem with school bullying, surveys have found. One ranking suggested Hong Kong was the worst globally among 53 countries and regions. About a third of 15-year-olds said they were bullied a few times a month. In one high-profile incident last year, eight students, aged 17 to 19, were arrested for common assault after a video emerged of a pupil being stripped and assaulted by classmates.


    These pictures of a double rainbow in Hong Kong will make you fall in love with the city all over again

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    Source: Coconuts Hong Kong

    Double rainbow spotted in Ma Wan on June 16, 2020. Photo: Facebook/Lui Ching

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    Hong Kong has been 

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     lately. Two weekends ago, the observatory hoisted the first black rainstorm warning in three years. Last Saturday, a typhoon battered the city.  

    The weather gods must have heard our complaining. Yesterday, after a noon downpour, a stunning double rainbow lit up still-stormy skies. The touch of color was a sight for us—and our smartphones—to behold. 

    In the New Territories town of Sham Tseng, the light reflected in the surrounding waters created the illusion of an almost 270-degree rainbow. The arch framed a four-lane highway, the iconic Tsing Ma bridge and towering apartment blocks blessed with a view. Another photo taken in Ma Wan shows the double rainbow over the Tsing Ma Bridge…  which still managed to filter through overcast skies in Yuen Long.

    On Cheung Chau island, a rainbow overlooked the village’s fishing port and brought light to a hazy sky. In Tsim Sha Tsui, home to tourist icons like museums, the Avenue of Stars and countless luxury malls, it was the rainbow across the Victoria Harbor that stole the show.

    A ferry ride away in Central, a double rainbow proved a symbol of hope for pro-democracy protesters gathered at IFC shopping mall, where they were marking the anniversary of a 

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     against an unpopular extradition bill last summer. Between singing protest songs and chanting slogans, they stopped to take a picture of the rainbow through the mall’s floor-to-ceiling windows.


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