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The Pulse:12 Hong Kong people detained in China: discussion with Cheung Yiu-leung & health code

Last month, China’s Coast Guard arrested 12 Hong Kong people as they attempted to flee on a speedboat to Taiwan. Barrister Cheung Yiu-leung to talk about the legal situation these 12 people may face in mainland courts. I should add that to get an alternative view on this we did ask more than a dozen other individuals if they could come, among them Thomas So, Ambrose Lam, Louis Chen, Christopher Wong, Eunice Yung, Lawrence Ma. None could make it.

Hong Kong’s two-week universal community testing programme ended on Monday. Some 1.78 million people were tested, less than a quarter of the population, and far from the government’s five million target. The exercise discovered just 32 previously unconfirmed cases. The cost of the tests for the exercise alone is about HK$500 million. Some estimate the total bill could be around HK$1.3 billion. The government has rejected criticism of the scheme’s cost effectiveness and says it will help map out strategies to tackle the next wave of the pandemic and other health surveillance. One other plan the government is considering is the introduction of health code software on people’s mobile phones, which is now widely used in the mainland.
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