HONG KONG (AP) — A prime Hong Kong official resigned Monday for attending a birthday party with about 200 friends in early January as town was battling a coronavirus surge.
At least one friends later examined constructive, and Secretary of Home Affairs Caspar Tsui was amongst a number of officers and lawmakers ordered to quarantine after the party, which was held for Witman Hung, a delegate to China’s legislature.
Tsui mentioned in an announcement issued Monday afternoon that he had not “set the best example during the recent outbreak.”
At the time, Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam and well being officers had urged the general public to keep away from giant gatherings to stop the unfold of the virus.
“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 mentioned.
“I will take responsibility for my actions, and I have therefore decided to resign from the position of Secretary for Home Affairs.”
Tsui’s announcement got here hours forward of a deliberate information convention by Lam, who’s extensively anticipated to announce the outcomes of a disciplinary investigation into officers who had attended the party.
Lam expressed disappointment on the habits of the officers and lawmakers who attended, and ordered these in quarantine to be suspended from their duties.