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Hong Kong Minister Quits After Flouting Covid Rules at Party

  • Lam said Caspar Tsui brought the government into ‘disrepute’
  • Beijing urged Hong Kong to deal with birthday bash fall out
Caspar Tsui, left, with Carrie Lam, on Jan. 23.
Caspar Tsui, left, with Carrie Lam, on Jan. 23.Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg
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A senior Hong Kong government official has resigned after attending a large birthday party that fueled complaints of double standards by authorities enforcing strict Covid-control measures.

Home Affairs Secretary Caspar Tsui handed his resignation to Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Monday and left the post immediately, he said in a statement.  “As one of the principal officials taking the lead in the anti-epidemic fight,” Tsui said, “I have not set the best example during the recent outbreak.”