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Hong Kong is preparing to reopen its famed nightlife, but with a set byzantine rules that are making it hugely confusing for residents and businesses alike.

In order to have an evening out in the city’s currently dormant bars and clubs, customers must scan the government’s app and show their vaccination record – stored electronically on their mobile phones – when they enter. Many residents have declined to use the app because of privacy concerns, choosing instead to write down their details.

Overnight Lena H. Sun for the Washington Post carried this news from the US on the efficacy of Covid vaccines, with data showing that fully vaccinated US seniors are 94 percent less likely to be hospitalized with Covid-19. The Post’s health reporter writes:

In the study, fully vaccinated adults 65 and older were 94 percent less likely to be hospitalized with Covid-19 than than unvaccinated people of the same age, according to the CDC. People who were partially vaccinated were 64 percent less likely to be hospitalized with the disease than the unvaccinated.

The risk for severe illness increases with age, and because older adults are at highest risk, the CDC prioritized them for vaccination. About 68 percent of adults 65 and older in the United States — more than 37 million people — have been fully inoculated, the data shows.

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