Hong Kong Covid: Double-masked flautists in ad spark ridicule

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Two schoolgirls successful  Hong Kong wearing masks portion    playing the fluteImage source, Hong Kong Education Bureau

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The ad, which showed 2 schoolgirls double-masked portion playing the flute, was mocked by societal media users

A Hong Kong video showing schoolchildren wearing treble masks portion performing the flute has drawn ridicule connected societal media.

The ad, released by Hong Kong's Education Bureau, was posted up of China's National Day connected 1 October.

It besides comes aft Hong Kong earlier announced a further hold successful Covid restrictions, including masking.

It is 1 of the fewer remaining cities that person retained strict Covid measures since the pandemic struck.

The video, titled "Young China Says", which is centred astir Hong Kong's youth, shows assorted schoolchildren performing a assortment of creator activities, including singing, calligraphy, martial arts and philharmonic performances.

More than 400 schoolchildren from 41 precocious schools were invited to enactment successful the much than 5-minute-long video.

The clip was released by Hong Kong's Education Bureau and was released connected 21 September - successful commemoration of China's nationalist time connected 1 October.

At the 45-second mark, the video shows 2 masked schoolgirls playing the flute broadside by broadside with what appears to beryllium a secondary flap covering the philharmonic instrument.

Users took to societal media to determination ridicule connected the ad.

"This metropolis ne'er fails to astonishment me," tweeted South China Morning Post analogous Jeffie Lam, adding the hashtag #maskingtilltheendoftheworld.

Another remark connected Facebook said: "This is going to pb to truthful galore jokes".

"This is the grade to which Hong Kong is frightened of Covid," a Twitter idiosyncratic said.

The merchandise of the video came arsenic Hong Kong announced earlier this week that Covid restrictions would beryllium successful spot until astatine slightest 5 October, including societal distancing, and wearing masks connected vehicles and specified nationalist places.

Hong Kong has followed China's cue intimately wherever Covid regulations are acrophobic - a determination analysts accidental has caused Hong Kong's charismatic arsenic a concern hub to wane and battered the economy.

Hong Kong besides remains 1 of the fewer places successful the satellite to inactive necessitate travellers from overseas to quarantine connected arrival, though officials are expected to marque a highly-anticipated announcement connected Friday easing the quarantine regulation.

China has adopted a strict zero-Covid argumentation since the pandemic struck, which has seen rolling lockdowns, tightly-restricted question wrong the country, and wide Covid investigating being implemented, often astatine drawback notice.

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