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Hong Kong, Gun Crime in Britain, WeChat: Your Thursday Briefing

2020-08-12 20:44:29
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Good morning.

We’re covering the real estate that ties mainland China more closely to Hong Kong, New Zealand’s partial lockdown and a reckoning in Australia over a history of oppression.

Li Qianxin, the elder daughter of the Chinese Communist Party’s No. 3 leader, has quietly crafted a life in Hong Kong among the city’s financial elite.

A raid on the tabloid owned by Jimmy Lai propelled it into the international spotlight. It also set off waves of support from pro-Democracy residents.

Four people from the same family were found to have been infected from an unknown source, Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, the country’s top health official, said on Tuesday. The first case in the new cluster was a person who had no history of traveling abroad. Active cases in the country are up to 22. Auckland, where the family lives, restricted people to their homes other than for essential purposes for three days.

Checkpoints were set up to prevent people from leaving. The rest of the country is following social distancing measures, and nursing homes are barring all visitors. Officials are looking into the possibility that the virus was imported by freight, or other lapses in border controls.

Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In other developments:

  • The Paris marathon has been canceled, its organizers said on Wednesday, as France faces rising virus cases that will extend restrictions on public gatherings through the fall.

  • Pranab Mukherjee, 84, a former president of India, tested positive for the coronavirus this week during a hospital visit for brain surgery and was put on a ventilator after his health deteriorated, The Hindustan Times reported.

Snapshot: Above, Nasreen Abu Alia, a resident of Nablus, in the West Bank, who took her daughter to a beach in Netanya, Israel, for a rare visit. Tens of thousands of Palestinians slipped through holes in Israel’s security barrier, with Israel’s tacit approval, for a day on a Mediterranean beach.

What we’re reading: FiveThirtyEight’s 2020 presidential election forecast, which the data website released Wednesday. “Nate Silver’s prediction models forecasting the outcomes of presidential races are legendary,” writes Ian Prasad Philbrick, from the Briefings team. And while there are some competing models, “the quibbling is part of the fun!”

Employees can only do so much, Dina Bakst, a president and a founder of A Better Balance, said: “The onus should be on the employer to ensure health and safety.”


That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.

— Melina


Thank you
To Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the break from the news. You can reach the team at [email protected].

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• We’re listening to “The Daily.” Our latest episode is about the historic vice-presidential decision in the U.S.
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