Hong Kong democracy activists yesterday made frantic plans to cover their tracks amid fears

Hong Kong democracy activists yesterday made frantic plans to cover their tracks amid fears of a brutal crackdown by the world’s most powerful surveillance state.

Many deleted politically sensitive online postings, wiped social media accounts and turned to proxy servers that mask their identities after China announced sweeping national security laws for the territory. Some confided in friends that they intended to destroy their electronic devices. A medic who treated protesters injured in police clashes at underground clinics said colleagues involved in the opposition planned to move overseas.

At least two people aboard survived, according to the country’s health department, revising an earlier statement that three were alive. But the other 95 passengers and crew are believed to have died. 

‘Thank you so much. God has been merciful,’ Mr Masood, the banker who was in seat 1C said, according to officials who spoke to him in hospital after the crash.  The other known survivor was named as Muhammad Zubair. 

The UK’s trace and track system will launch at the end of the week, Reuters are reporting, attributing the announcement to Downing Street.

The statement also said the public will be updated on coronavirus next week, with Reuters suggesting this will include schools and possibly non-essential retail.

“I don’t think any company, I don’t give a damn how big they are, the Lord Almighty, should absolutely be in a position where they pay no tax and make billions and billions and billions of dollars,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said.

For the 2017 and 2018 tax years, Amazon’s own financial filings showed that it expected to receive money back from the federal government, not that it owed money in income tax, CNN reported. For the 2019 tax year, Amazon said it owed more than $1bn in federal income tax, a figure experts said amounted to little more than 1 per cent f its profits.