Jimmy Lai, a prominent Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy advocate, has been arrested over suspected collusion with foreign forces under the new national security law. The 71-year-old founder of news outlet Apple Daily was detained on Monday and is the highest-profile person to be held under the controversial law. Police were executing a search warrant on the newsroom floor of Apple Daily’s offices, according to Lai’s senior aide. A live stream of the raid showed dozens of police at the Apple Daily headquarters. Staff filmed plain-clothed and uniformed officers walking through the newsroom, rifling through piles of paper on desks and demanding to ses the ID cards of reporters. Lai, who was one of seven taken into custody, has had repeated run-ins with the territory’s authorities over the years thanks to his outspoken views about maintaining independence from Beijing. There’s also this video of him being arrested. … [Read more...] about Monday briefing: Hong Kong media tycoon held under new security law
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But while 1 metre reduces the risk substantially, another coronavirus outbreak – Sars in 2003 – showed it may not be sufficient. Tests of passengers on one flight found that 90% who caught Sars from an infected passenger had been sitting more than three feet away from them. A distance of 6ft or 2 metres became the more cautious recommendation. The latest paper on physical distancing from the government’s scientific advisory group on emergencies recommends keeping the 2-metre rule but states it “should be seen as a ballpark guide to distancing rather than an absolute value.” … [Read more...] about What is the science behind the UK’s coronavirus distancing rules?
McConway believes there is a more fundamental problem in the way the risks of infection at different distances are compared in the study. He said: “The method of comparing the different distances in the paper is inappropriate for telling you exactly how the risk at 2-metre minimum distance compares to a 1 metre minimum distance. It does not support, and should not be used in, arguments about how much greater the risk is with a 1 metre limit versus a 2-metre limit.” … [Read more...] about Scientists report flaws in WHO-funded study on 2-metre distancing
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