Changchun restaurant fire: 17 dead and 3 injured

On September 28, a fire at a restaurant in Changchun city, Jilin, killed 17 people and injured three.

A Video published on the Internet showed the fire in the store blazing fiercely, and no one escaped the store through the main door. Only some people managed to get away down the side stairs. Then, the loud sound of a bang, possibly an explosion, was heard.

The accident became a hot search topic on Baidu. Many people are concerned about the cause of the incident that killed many people.

According to Chinese media, the local authorities posted a notice on the Weibo social media platform that the blaze broke out at Small Pancakes Baixing restaurant at about 12:40 p.m. and was extinguished by 3 p.m. the same day. The injured were sent to the hospital for treatment, and the cause of the incident is under investigation.

COVID pandemic returns to Kunming: 13 colleges and universities close

The COVID-pandemic has been complicated in Kunming recently. According to Kunming authorities, there were two new confirmed cases and one asymptomatic infected person in Kunming City on September 27. In addition, there were also 19 new cases of people who tested positive for the initial screening, all of whom were found in quarantine and control areas.

The regime continues to implement strict control measures to prevent the virus from spreading, moving towards the goal of “zero-COVID.” The authorities delineated several high, medium, and low-risk areas to control the Pandemic spread.

Many primary and secondary schools and kindergartens in Kunming have issued notices suspending school from September 28 to 30. As a result, students can participate in the online learning program. 

Besides, there were 13 closed universities to control, involving 128,000 people. Among them, 70,442 people were assigned a “yellow code,” which is reserved for those in quarantine.

Hong Kong Authority: Economy is facing negative growth this year

According to Hong Kong media, Hong Kong finance minister Paul Chan gave a speech on the state of the city’s economy at the 2022 Hong Kong Bankers Summit held on September 27.

Chan pointed out that the COVID pandemic has caused Hong Kong to face economic challenges.

Chan added that countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States face high inflation. In addition, the U.S. Federal Reserve has raised interest rates five times and will likely raise interest rates by more in the future.

Hong Kong’s trade and consumption have been affected by liquidity contraction. As a result, the economy may grow negatively this year, especially Hong Kong’s economy, which shrank significantly in the year’s first half.

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