Hong Kong Should Consider China, Macau Travel Arrangements: Chan
Hong Kong should consider allowing residents who have tested negative for the coronavirus to travel to China and Macau in reciprocal arrangements that could help the city’s economic recovery, according to Financial Secretary Paul Chan.
Once the coronavirus outbreak is contained, the arrangements could be extended to other parts of the Asia-Pacific region, Chan wrote in his blog Sunday. The number of new infections in Hong Kong jumped 40% in July from the end-June, signaling the economy will face more severe pressure in the third quarter, he said.
The worsening outbreaks in other countries mean global business activities and tourism to Hong Kong will be slow to recover, Chan said. While the U.S. and Europe may experience a deep recession, China’s economy is starting to regain momentum, Chan said.
Key economic drivers for Hong Kong, including domestic consumption and fixed-asset investment, accelerated their declines in the second quarter while the drop in exports narrowed, Chan said. The Hong Kong government cannot continue to provide relief measures to residents and businesses in the long term, he said.
The Hong Kong government gave handouts of HK$10,000 ($1,290) to all adult permanent residents and provided billions of dollars in support for employers. The city’s economy contracted 9% in the second quarter.
As US jobs recovery falters, virus relief talks stall in Congress
The $600 federal jobless benefit boost and eviction moratorium are set to expire.
About 30 million people have been left unemployed in the United States as the country struggles with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
But now they could be facing another hardship, as $600-a-week emergency relief payments come to an end.
Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports.
Indonesia reports 1,519 new coronavirus infections, 43 deaths
JAKARTA (REUTERS) – Indonesia reported 1,519 new coronavirus infections on Sunday (Aug 2), bringing the total to 111,455, data from the country’s Covid-19 task force showed.
The data also showed 43 new Covid-19 related deaths, bringing the toll to 5,236.
Russia: Thousands protest against Kremlin for fourth week
Protesters across Russia demand the release of a governor arrested on what they say are trumped-up murder charges.
Mass protests triggered by the arrest of a popular governor in Russia are now in their fourth week.
The demonstrations started in the far-eastern city of Khabarovsk, but have spread to the rest of the country.
Al Jazeera’s Emily Siu reports.
Teenager charged with murder after boy, 17, is stabbed to death in Manchester
A teenager has been charged with murder after a 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Manchester.
The suspect, who is also 17 and cannot be named for legal reasons, has been remanded in custody and will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.
Officers were called to reports of a disturbance on Henbury Street at around 7.15pm on Sunday 26 July.
Emergency services attended but the boy, who has been formally identified as Mohamoud Mohamed, was pronounced dead the scene.
Argentina's pandemic squatters
Al Jazeera speaks to Argentinians left out in the cold because by the coronavirus pandemic.
Argentina’s lockdown was due to end on Sunday, but it is being extended because of a surge in cases.
The country’s economic situation, already in dire straits, has further deteriorated in recent months, and millions are finding it hard to make ends meet.
As a result, many have had to leave homes they can no longer afford and squat on land they believe is publicly owned.
Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo reports from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Young people across the UK worry about their futures
The coronavirus pandemic and related lockdowns are impacting career prospects for young people in the UK.
In the UK, one of the long-term effects of the pandemic will be limiting career prospects for young people.
This year is seeing a marked decrease in vacancies and opportunities, and many fear this will persist for years to come.
Al Jazeera’s Sonia Gallego reports from London.
Will England become a cashless society?
Al Jazeera tells you why some English communities are refusing to go cashless.
Electronic banking, the digital economy, and now coronavirus means an increasingly cashless society.
The notes and coins in our pockets are being rapidly replaced by contactless bank cards and mobile phone payments.
But not everyone in England is comfortable with the technology.
Al Jazeera’s Paul Brennan reports from Essex, where many want to stick to pounds, shillings and pence.
Mexico captures 'El Marro', cartel boss blamed for fueling violence
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican federal and state security forces have captured prominent drug gang leader Jose Antonio Yepez, also known as “El Marro”, the attorney general’s office of the central state of Guanajuato said on Sunday morning.
Yepez, boss of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel, which became notorious for fuel theft, has been blamed for a surge in crime in Guanajuato, a major flashpoint of gang violence.
Myanmar: Karen minority demand troops leave area
Myanmar’s Karen community marches for justice after soldiers are accused of shooting dead a mother and stealing her jewellery.
Myanmar’s military says two soldiers accused of killing a woman from an ethnic minority community will face a court-martial.
The mother of three’s death has reignited anger in Karen state, where there has been unrest for decades.
Karen community leaders say the army is using coronavirus lockdown measures as an excuse to attack villagers.
Al Jazeera’s Barbara Angopa reports.