Mu variant of Covid already found in Hong Kong

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said on Friday that Hong Kong has recorded three Covid infections involving the Mu variant which has been newly listed by the World Health Organisation as a "variant of interest". The CHP said the patients in question had arrived from Colombia, where the variant...

Civic Passion disbands after lawmaker ousted

Civic Passion on Friday announced it was disbanding, a little more than a week after its chairman, Cheng Chung-tai, was ousted from the Legislative Council because the authorities decided he is not loyal to Hong Kong. In a statement posted on the group's Facebook page, Cheng thanked people for their...

HK pupils video chat with astronauts on Tiangong

Hong Kong children wanted to know whether the territory can be seen from space and what astronauts do to keep fit, as they joined a video link-up on Friday, between the exhibition centre in Wan Chai and China's new space station. Astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo took...

HK bans Manila airline over Covid cases

Health authorities suspended flights from Manila operated by Cebu Pacific Air on Friday – less than a week after fully vaccinated domestic helpers from Indonesia and the Philippines were allowed to come here to work. The flight ban, which will be in place until September 16, was triggered after four...

Five students found guilty of rioting at CUHK

Five Chinese University students were on Friday convicted of rioting at the institution two years ago. The District Court said the five, aged between 20 and 23, stayed with protesters who threw petrol bombs at police officers on November 11, 2019, with the only explanation being that they had wanted...

Pupil headcount will reveal any exodus: Kevin Yeung

Education Secretary Kevin Yeung said on Friday that the government will assess whether Hong Kong schools are experiencing an exodus of students after carrying out an annual headcount of pupils in the middle of this month. The annual Primary School Profiles shows several dozen schools have reduced their number of...

Civil society not under threat: Eugene Chan

The president of the Association of Hong Kong Professionals, Eugene Chan, has rejected suggestions that civil society in the territory is under threat, backing up comments from Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Chan told RTHK's Backchat programme on Friday that recent discussions in society regarding a ban on e-cigarettes and heated...

Edward Yau defends stringent quarantine measures

Commerce and Economic Development Secretary Edward Yau has defended the government’s stringent quarantine measures, saying the 21-day quarantine period is needed for arrivals from parts of the world where there are a high number of Covid-19 cases. Yau made the comments on Friday following reports of concern by some in...

Over 100 enquiries made over closed salons: watchdog

The Consumer Council says it has received more than a hundred complaints and enquiries over the sudden closure of two beauty salons and a massage parlour. The three companies involved – About Beauty, Dr.Protalk and Top Comfort – announced on Wednesday that they were suspending operations, but did not make...

Britain distributing COVID-19 shots to climate talks delegates

In this Feb 4, 2020 photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) sits with British broadcaster and conservationist David Attenborough during an event to launch the United Nations' Climate Change conference, COP26, in central London. (CHRIS J RATCLIFFE / POOL / AFP) JUBA / ATHENS / CARACAS / BRASILIA / NICOSIA / VALLETTA / RABAT / HELSINKI...

Merkel heir turns to former rival Merz to reverse poll slump

North Rhine-Westphalia's State Premier and Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union's (CDU) chancellor candidate Armin Laschet, right, stands on the stage with CDU politician Friedrich Merz as they present their party's so-called "Zukunftsteam" election campaign support team at the CDU headquartrs in Berlin, Germany, on Sept 3, 2021. (JOHN MACDOUGALL /...