A bar tender at the Silk Road restaurant on the Genting Dream cruise ship while berthed in Hong Kong. Affluent Hongkongers are enjoying ‘cruises to nowhere’ while borders remain effectively shut. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
A bar tender at the Silk Road restaurant on the Genting Dream cruise ship while berthed in Hong Kong. Affluent Hongkongers are enjoying ‘cruises to nowhere’ while borders remain effectively shut. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Whether in closed Hong Kong or open Singapore, the rich have economic immunity to Covid-19. It’s the poor who suffer

  • The two cities have opposite tactics in fighting the pandemic, yet face parallel problems: growing frustration at their restrictions and increasing rich-poor divides
  • While blue collar workers battle job losses and inflation, the middle classes spend their way out of frustration. In Singapore, they book trips abroad. In Hong Kong, they paint the town red

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A bar tender at the Silk Road restaurant on the Genting Dream cruise ship while berthed in Hong Kong. Affluent Hongkongers are enjoying ‘cruises to nowhere’ while borders remain effectively shut. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
A bar tender at the Silk Road restaurant on the Genting Dream cruise ship while berthed in Hong Kong. Affluent Hongkongers are enjoying ‘cruises to nowhere’ while borders remain effectively shut. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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