In Brief

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 March, 2008, 12:00am

Two more flu cases as schools prepare to reopen

Two more children, aged one and two, have been admitted to hospital with flu-like symptoms, the Centre for Health Protection reported yesterday. The latest report comes as parents prepare to send their children back to school tomorrow. Parents are reminded to take their children's temperature before letting them out of the house. All kindergarten and primary schools are reopening tomorrow after they closed early for the Easter holiday following a flu scare. The bureau said pupils should be kept at home if they showed symptoms of fever. There have been 10 confirmed cases of flu since hospitals went on full alert in the middle of the month.

Legislator in hospital

Legislator Patrick Lau Sau-shing was admitted to Eastern Hospital last night for observation after he hit his head during a football match in Siu Sai Wan. Professor Lau was the goalkeeper for the lawmakers' team in a match against a team of overseas consuls based in Hong Kong. He hit his head and lost consciousness while defending his goal. The lawmakers won the match.

Baby snatched from hospital

The Hospital Authority is considering tougher security measures after a baby girl was taken from a hospital by her grandmother without permission. Authority chairman Anthony Wu Ting-yuk said the authority would explore using stronger identification bands. The infant was found at her grandmother's home 18 hours after she was abducted. Her identification band had been cut off.

Help smokers, urge students

About 50 third year University of Hong Kong medical students called on the government to subsidise medication for smokers wanting to quit. The group donned cigarette-inspired costumes and marched to the Central Government Offices to submit their petition.

Call to simplify renting law

The legal process for flat owners to reclaim their properties from tenants owing rent should be simplified, according to the Hong Kong Owners Club. The group complained that it often took eight or nine months to complete the process despite the fact that the law said landlords could reclaim their properties if tenants were 15 days behind in paying their rent. The group also advised landlords to screen potential tenants and avoid renting to shell companies.

Zero wine duty 'to boost jobs'

Developing Hong Kong into a regional wine hub will provide about 6,000 jobs, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Frederick Ma Si-hang said. Mr Ma said on a radio programme that a number of international and local wine merchants had said they were keen to expand their business in Hong Kong after the wine duty was abolished. He said zero wine duty would turn Hong Kong into a wine hub, which would attract more mainland consumers to buy wine in Hong Kong.