Briefs, January 6, 2013
Boy, 3, diagnosed with severe influenza
The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health is investigating a confirmed case of severe paediatric influenza A infection affecting a three-year-old boy. The boy, who had an underlying medical condition, developed a fever on Thursday and was admitted to the paediatric intensive care unit of Prince of Wales Hospital the following day. He has been diagnosed with pneumonia and is in a critical condition.
Robbers seen fleeing with dried seafood haul
Thieves stole about HK$910,000 worth of dried seafood and Chinese medicine from a dried seafood shop on Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. A pedestrian reported the burglary when he saw two suspects run out of the shop with bags in their hands. Police discovered the shop's gate had been forced open.
Man held on rape and robbery charges
A 30-year-old man has been arrested for raping a 34-year-old woman and stealing HK$15,000 from her flat in Lockhart Road, Wan Chai. The woman was understood to be a sex worker operating a one-woman brothel.
Welfare group head wants long-term aid
Society for Community Organisation director Ho Hei-wah said the government should stop handing out "sweets" - such as cash rebates - to every Hongkonger, and instead provide concessions for specific groups in the upcoming policy address. He said programmes such as lunch subsidies for students from low-income families currently financed by the Community Care Fund should be made long-term rather than remain one-offs.
Liberal Party calls for discussion of reform
The Liberal Party's honorary chairman, James Tien Pei-chun, called on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to include details of the political reform due in 2017 in his policy address. Tien said the public would need time to discuss the matter and any electoral changes would have to be passed by Legco.