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  1. Hong Kong's sole delegate to the nation's top legislative body, Tam Yiu-chung, says he has been barred from attending the committee's meeting in Beijing next week – due to the recent discovery of an untraceable Covid-19 case in Hong Kong. In a video uploaded to the DAB's social media page, Tam said he originally planned to set off to the capital on Monday for the National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) meeting, which takes place from Tuesday to next Saturday. But he was told by mainland health authorities that he isn't permitted to attend. Three other Hong Kong people who were invited to observe the meeting have also been told to stay away. "According to my understanding, the main reason is because of Hong Kong's outbreak problem. The mainland is very concerned about the case with an unknown source," Tam said, referring to an infection last week involving an airport cargo handler. The NPCSC member revealed that mainland authorities had suggested that he not attend the committee's last meeting as well, but he insisted on going because it covered Hong Kong issues. "Maybe the meeting doesn't cover any Hong Kong topics this time, that's why they don't allow me to go," Tam said. He said he is not optimistic about the reopening of borders, and urged SAR authorities to handle untraceable infections cautiously, as well as notify and reassure mainland authorities. Tam added that the key to the reopening of border lies in the implementation of a proper health code system, which allows mainland officials to trace close contacts should there be an outbreak. Health officials have yet to get to the bottom of how the cargo handler came to test positive on October 6, breaking a streak of more then 50 days without a local case. More than 100 of his colleagues were sent to quarantine and residents of his home building were subject to mandatory tests, but there've been no further cases.
  2. Health officials on Saturday reported six imported Covid infections, including a Russian consulate worker who had been exempted from hotel quarantine and tested preliminary positive earlier. The fully-vaccinated 55-year-old was self-isolating at his home at Tower 1 of Grand Promenade after returning from Russia via Finland on October 5. His test came back positive with a high viral load earlier this week. The L452R mutant strain was also found in his sample. The test result prompted an overnight lockdown at the building in Sai Wan Ho, but no other infections were found. Meanwhile, the Centre for Health Protection said the other patients arrived from the Philippines, Britain, and Indonesia. The five – four women and a man – had received two doses of Covid vaccine, with all but one being infected with mutant strains. Three of them tested positive for the virus at the airport, while the other two did so during their quarantine stay at the Penny's Bay quarantine centre or Silka Tseun Wan hotel.
  3. A 31-year-old man appeared before Kwun Tong Court on Saturday to face a charge of murdering a taxi driver in Sai Ying Pun. The prosecution requested psychological reports on the accused, Matthew Choi, before proceeding with the case. Magistrate May Chung approved the prosecution's request and adjourned the hearing until October 29. No plea was entered, and Choi did not apply for bail. He is to be held in custody in Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre. The suspect was arrested on Lamma Island on Wednesday, a day after the police started a manhunt following a fatal attack on the taxi driver. The victim, 48, was stabbed in the neck and certified dead after he was rushed to hospital.
  4. The District Court on Saturday sentenced seven activists to between six and twelve months behind bars for their roles in a protest on July 1 last year. The seven are former lawmakers Wu Chi-wai, Leung Kwok-hung and Chu Hoi-dick, former district councillors Chui Chi-kin and Tsang Kin-shing, former convenor of the now-disbanded Civil Human Rights Front Figo Chan and Tang Sai-lai from the League of Social Democrats. They had earlier pleaded guilty to charges of organising, taking part in or inciting others to join the unauthorised protest last year on the anniversary of the SAR's handover. Chan was sentenced to 12 months in jail, Tsang and Wu to 10 months, Leung eight months and the others six months. Handing down the sentences, Judge Douglas Yau said Wu and Tsang, given their social status, were able to incite others to take part in the protest, while Chan took a leading role in the demonstration. He said the defendants were aware of the possibility of violence erupting even though they had hoped to organise a peaceful rally. Yau said he had reduced the sentences for some defendants considering their minor roles in the case, their health conditions and previous contribution to society. Chan, Chu and Leung were already in jail after being convicted in other cases. The eighth defendant, former district councillor Lancelot Chan, has pleaded not guilty to incitement. His case has been adjourned until June. ______________________________ Last updated: 2021-10-16 HKT 16:05
  5. Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip admitted on Saturday that a new test on the national security law for would-be government workers will reduce the number of people seeking such roles, but he said he was confident the administration would be able to bring in enough talent. The government announced this week that the new test would take effect by the middle of next year. It will be incorporated into an existing examination on the Basic Law. Speaking on an RTHK programme, Nip said applications for civil service jobs would usually fall after huge changes in the SAR, but would typically recover later. "I think finding the right people is the most important," he said. "I expect applicant numbers to drop, especially after our society experienced so many events over the past two years – the riots, the national security law, improvements to our electoral system. "For our recruitment exercise this year, I saw the applicant figures drop for administrative and executive officer posts... by about 30 percent. "But still, we got 9,700 people applying for administrative officer posts. Every year we want to hire more people but still we only recruit 30 at most. Competition is still high."
  6. The government has ended its lockdown of a residential building in Sai Wan Ho, with no new cases of Covid-19 being being found. Around 830 people were tested. Compulsory testing was ordered after a resident, who had been exempted from hotel quarantine, tested preliminary positive for the disease on Thursday. The resident, who is 55, works for the Russian consulate and had been allowed to serve his quarantine at his home in Tower 1 of Grand Promenade, after returning from Russia via Finland on October 5. He had tested positive for the L452R mutant strain, which is found in – but not confined to – the highly infectious delta variant.
  7. The government on Friday ordered an overnight lockdown at a building in Sai Wan Ho after a resident who was exempted from hotel quarantine tested preliminary positive for Covid-19. The resident, 55, works for the Russian consulate and was allowed to serve his quarantine at his home in Tower 1 of Grand Promenade after returning from Russia via Finland on October 5. He tested positive on Thursday for the L452R mutant strain. Residents will have to stay in the building until testing is completed. Officials hope to end the lockdown by 7am on Saturday.
  8. Readers took a last opportunity to browse the shelves of Bleak House Books before one of the city's few independent English-language bookshops closed its doors on Friday. The bookstore in San Po Kong that sells both new and old books was closing after four years. Founder and owner Albert Wan said on Friday it was "happy, thriving and successful", but he decided to close the shop as he and his family plan to leave the city. He said shelves were emptying and online orders surged in the past two months after the closing announcement, and he was surprised by the response. Wan said one of the reasons the store had a good following could be the different genres it stocked, including law, history, philosophy, comics, cooking and children's book. One of the customers on its last day, Tye, said that was exactly what he liked about the shop. "There are many books that I have never heard before and authors I didn't know. If it's not for this bookshop, I wouldn't have known these quite obscure authors," the student said, noting he bought a book on LGBT issues from the shop. Another book lover, Ella, said it may now be harder to find non-mainstream books in Hong Kong. The teacher added it was a pity that the literary events the shop used to host would no longer take place. She said she joined one of its poetry-sharing sessions recently. "I feel like this bookstore brings people together... I think it's very special in that way, other bookshops are not very intimate the way this bookshop is. They don't have these small gatherings," she said. Wan said he'll donate the remaining stock to other independent stores, but he also said he's not sure how many outlets specialising in English books remain in the city. "I don't know how many English-language independent bookshops are there in Hong Kong. I don't think there are many, we might be the only one," he said. He hopes he'll reopen the store in the future.
  9. A scientist who told a court he tried to help a protester shot and injured by the police in 2019 has been jailed for a year. Yau Wang-tat had pleaded guilty to unlawful assembly, having initially been charged with the more serious offence of rioting. In mitigation, Yau's lawyer told the District Court that his client was only trying to help a protester who had been shot in the chest with a live round by a policeman, in Tsuen Wan on October 1, 2019. The lawyer added that despite the stress of the court case, Yau had managed to complete his doctorate degree in physics at Polytechnic University. But deputy judge Li Chi-ho said on Friday that these factors were nothing special. Li said video footage showed protesters had planned the National Day violence, as they were seen throwing petrol bombs and rocks, and some had held a police officer on the ground. The judge said although Yau was of good character, he decided on the 12-month prison term in light of the seriousness of the crime. The teenager who was shot on the day in question, Tsang Chi-kin, was charged with rioting. He didn't attend a court hearing last December, and a group based in the UK said at the time that he had gone into exile.
  10. Customs officials said on Friday that they had seized more than 3,000 kilogrammes of Australian lobster that they believed was to be smuggled to the mainland by sea. Thirteen people were arrested, some on suspicion of making inadequate import declarations. Rita Li from customs' syndicate crimes investigation bureau said authorities on both sides of the border took action after Hong Kong saw a surge in Australian lobster imports. "Hong Kong customs have set up a dedicated team to step up intelligence exchanges with mainland law enforcement agencies and conduct in-depth intelligence analysis," she said. Li linked the alleged smuggling to a move by the mainland a year ago to impose strict restrictions on imports of Australian lobster. Last year, the mainland imposed an unofficial ban on Australian lobsters, after the Australian government pushed for an international investigation into the origins of Covid. Li added that the seafood had not been handled correctly, with the suspected smugglers failing to chill it during transport. As part of the operation, mainland officials arrested seven people and seized more than 2,000 kilogrammes of lobster, Customs said.

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