Hong Kong Minister Resigns After Attending Party Amid COVID-19

Hong Kong’s Secretary for Home Affairs resigned on Monday for attending a birthday party of a Chinese delegate despite government calls for citizens to avoid social gatherings to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“As one of the Principal Officials taking the lead in the anti-epidemic fight, I have not set the best example during the recent outbreak,” Caspar Tsui said in a statement.

“I made the wrong decision to attend a banquet on January 3 and behaved in an inappropriate manner when all efforts should have been devoted to controlling the spread of the virus,” Tsui added.

Tsui was among 15 officials who attended a birthday bash for Witman Hung, a delegate for China’s legislature, where two out of more than 200 guests tested positive for COVID-19.

The party was not prohibited at the time under Hong Kong’s public health protocols, although the city’s government had warned citizens to avoid large groups just three days prior.

Earlier this month, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam had ordered a probe on the top officials that attended the party for failing to set an example.

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