Record 373 new HIV cases reported
New cases of HIV rose 19 per cent to a record 373 last year from 2005, health department statistics show. In the fourth quarter of last year, 98 people tested positive, bringing the total of reported HIV infections to 3,198 since 1984. Department of Health consultant Wong Ka-shing warned: 'There may be less discrimination against HIV-infected population, but, on the whole, people seem to have become less vigilant against the disease in the past few years.' Of the new cases last year, 114 involved heterosexual contact, 56 involved injecting drugs, 97 were through homosexual contact and 15 through bisexual contact, two involved perinatal transmission and the rest were undetermined. Some 305 men and 68 women were infected.
Truck driver questioned after fatal hit-and-run
A driver allegedly involved in a fatal hit-and-run yesterday was being questioned by police last night after other motorists intercepted his truck in Yau Ma Tei. Police said the truck, driven by a 48-year-old man, knocked down a pedestrian at the junction of Waterloo Road and Canton Road. The victim, 53, was certified dead at the scene shortly after the accident at 11.15am. Several motorists followed the truck and forced the driver to stop at the junction of Portland Street and Pitt Road.
Woman killed while crossing road
A woman, 59, was killed by a dump truck while crossing a road in Sai Wan. Police said the woman was knocked down by the rubbish truck near Shing Sai Road and Sai Cheung Street North at 4pm. The woman sustained serious head wounds and was declared dead at Queen Mary Hospital. The driver passed a breathalyser test.
Mainland man jailed over fake marriage
A mainland man who faked a marriage with a Hong Kong resident was jailed for 15 months at Sha Tin Court. Huang Changqing, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud and two of making a false representation to an immigration officer. He said he paid a middleman 40,000 yuan to arrange the marriage. He was arrested on December 31.
There were no winners of the first prize in last night's draw. The numbers were 9, 10, 16, 30, 38 and 41. The extra number was 2. Two tickets each won the HK$730,980 second prize. Third prize paid HK$35,120.