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    wrong thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coolboy
    Somehow I suspect most HK people can't afford the luxury of freely choosing when to work like you, they have to put food on the table and pay the bills, whether it's school tuition for their kids, mortgages, grocery purchase and so on.
    As do I. I have a wife, a 9 year old daughter at school here and all the same bills things, rates, water, power, internet etc etc, the same as the rest of you. I live in an area I love, in a house I love and do what I love when i want. FYI - I also do not have millions in the bank. Just bought wisely and live that way.

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    Four days after its opening , the larger Leishenshan hospital had only 90 patients, on wards designed for 1,600, but was reporting no spare beds, Wuhan city health data , first reported by the Chinese magazine Caixin, showed. The other facility, Hueshenshan, had not yet filled its 1,000 beds a week after opening.Meanwhile, the city was setting up emergency hospitals in exhibition halls and a sports stadium, and medics were still turning some ill people away. China has the world’s largest army but it has not deployed any field hospitals to Wuhan.


    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...cretive-system

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    On another thread I said "think of the children". I meant chicken...

    Ships carrying refrigerated cargo containers of chicken from the United States to China are being diverted to ports in Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a U.S. poultry export trade group.

    The virus, which is causing havoc in the global container shipping trade, is keeping consumers and workers at home in China, delaying purchases at stores and restaurants and slowing the unloading of products at ports.

    Chinese ports have run out of space for refrigerated containers, which must be plugged into electrical outlets once they are offloaded to keep frozen meat and other food products cold, Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, told Reuters on Thursday.

    Frozen and refrigerated product is starting to spoil because of the lack of available power, a manager for a Los Angeles port terminal operator said.
    https://af.reuters.com/article/commo.../idAFL1N2AE00F

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    I know locals who are not by any stretch of the imagination wealthy or privileged, but who can get by on extremely limited incomes. They're either in government housing, or have owned fully paid off property from decades ago, kids have gone through public schools and are grown up, they don't take fancy holidays and socialise cheaply. HK isn't all international schools, crippling mortgages and overseas holidays.

    I've spoken to a fair number of taxi drivers who do it for a bit of extra income or to keep busy because they like chatting to people.

    (Coolboy is just arguing with the wind, as per usual.)


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    You are lecturing people that it’s so easy to live frugally in Hong Kong, while also acknowledging you were able to buy property almost two decades ago. Your situation is completely irrelevant to anyone without a time machine.
    He's not lecturing anyone. He just pointed out a couple pages back that his taxi driver neighbour has decided to play it safe for his family by not continuing to drive. Seems reasonable to me.

    https://geoexpat.com/forum/342/threa...ml#post3696215
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    I wonder what they are spraying. I am quite sure it will turn up to be carcinogenics, and causing almost as many death as the virus.

    They don't even tell people to go out of the room for a few minutes

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1227928868570488834

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    This is a far more typical and representative example of what most HK people are facing, not the lucky few of us who has the luxury to pick when to get back to work (). For increasing number of HKers, their businesses are starting to encounter difficulties with rent:

    https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/compone...abChangeable=0

    Granted, I doubt the tutor centre is right to "demand" help from the government, as it is a market economy and they are not too big to fail, but it does illustrate what some business sectors are increasingly dealing with.

    The bigger question is whether we will be seeing a wave of more and more closures from different businesses as the outbreak drags on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coolboy
    This is a far more typical and representative example of what most HK people are facing, not the lucky few of us who gets to pick when to get back to work. For increasing number of HKers, their businesses are starting to encounter difficulties with rent:

    https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/compone...abChangeable=0

    Granted, I doubt the tutor centre is right to "demand" help from the government, as it is market economy and they are not too big to fail, but it does illustrate what some business sectors are increasingly dealing with.

    The bigger question is whether we will be seeing a wave of more and more closures from different businesses as the outbreak drags on.
    it'll happen. perhaps a chance for online, remote, learning as an alternative? not ideal I know.

    But yes, businesses will fail in this climate. Others who react better or are able to meet market needs will flourish. such is life in HK.
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    China reports 5,090 new coronavirus cases and 121 new deaths in the past 24 hours

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