20 February 2020


Virus Outbreak: Chinese firms struggle to pay staff (4)
Bloomberg People wait in line in Beijing to buy steamed buns as a shop employee, left, collects payment from a customer using a container taped to the end of a stick as part of the shop's efforts to limit direct contact with customers.Photo: AFP A growing number of China's private companies have cut wages, delayed paychecks or stopped paying staff completely, saying that the economic toll of the COVID-19 outbreak has left them unable to cover their labor costs.
Mission impossible for disabled Hong Kongers hunting face masks (5)
AFP | Feb 19, 2020, 10:24 IST HONG KONG: Hong Kong's disabled residents and their carers say they feel increasingly trapped in their apartments and abandoned by authorities as the coronavirus-struck city is engulfed with panic-buying and face mask shortages. For the last fortnight, queues have sprung up across the densely-packed business hub as Hong Kongers jostle for the latest delivery of face masks, toilet rolls and cleaning products.
Expats Flee Hong Kong Over Protests, Coronavirus (2)
by Tyler Durden Wed, 02/19/2020 - 09:10 Expats living in Hong Kong have been fleeing the country after nearly a year of protests and the new, looming threat of the hyper-virulent coronavirus, which has already infected 62 people in the country as of February 17. Residents wear masks as they march to protest against the government's plan to set up a quarantine site close to their community amid the Wuhan outbreak, in Hong Kong, on Feb 2, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS
Minister vents about panic buying of surgical masks and groceries in Singapore (2)
Wednesday, 19 Feb 2020 1:22 PM MYT Singapore's Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing. -The Straits Times/ANN PETALING JAYA: A leaked audio recording - purportedly of a Singaporean cabinet minister commenting on Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam's decision to wear a mask in a press conference - is gaining traction in social media. The 12-minute audio recording, allegedly of Singapore's Trade and Industry
CE inspects Chun Yeung Estate (1)
February 19, 2020 Well prepared: Chief Executive Carrie Lam (right) inspects Chun Yeung Estate in Fo Tan, which will be used as a quarantine centre.'> Well prepared: Chief Executive Carrie Lam (right) inspects Chun Yeung Estate in Fo Tan, which will be used as a quarantine centre. High praise: Mrs Lam (back row, second right) visits the Centre for Health Protection, where she thanks its staff for their efforts in the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus.'>
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