HK reports five new imported Covid cases

Health authorities reported five new Covid-19 infections on Friday, all of which are imported. The Centre for Health Protection said the patients, who arrived from Switzerland, Russia and the Philippines, carried the L452R variant and have all been fully vaccinated. All of the cases reported in Hong Kong in the...

HK may prosecute those who turn blind eye to abuse

The Law Reform Commission on Friday proposed making bystanders criminally liable if they do nothing to protect children, the elderly or people with disabilities from serious harm or death. The commission said the move would deal with the problem of "which of you did it" cases, where it can’t be...

HK Alliance leaders in court, accused of subversion

Three leaders of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China appeared in West Kowloon Court on Friday charged under the national security law. Lee Cheuk-yan, Chow Hang-tung and Albert Ho are accused of inciting subversion of state power, as is the alliance itself. For years,...

Govt stands firm on blanket ban on e-cigarettes

The government says it is standing firm on a proposal to impose an all-out ban on the sale, import and manufacturing of e-cigarettes and other heated tobacco products, as the bill proceeds to the full Legislative Council for a second reading. The amendment bill was introduced in February 2019, but...

Two arrested over deadly Shek Kip Mei fire

Police on Friday said they had arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of arson after an early morning fire in Shek Kip Mei that left one man dead and 12 other people injured. Firefighters said the blaze broke out at around 2.30am in a 12th floor flat at...

District councillor ousted for failing to take oath

Eastern district councillor Peter Choi has been removed from office after failing to turn up for a mass pledge of allegiance session arranged by the government. Twenty-five district councillors from Eastern, Central and Western, Wan Chai and Southern districts were told to take their oaths at North Point Community Hall...

One dead, 11 injured in Shek Kip Mei fire

A fire at a flat in Pak Tin Estate in Shek Kip Mei has killed one person and injured 11 others, with firefighters saying they heard reports that there was a dispute before the blaze. The fire broke out at about 2:30am and was put out about 30 minutes later....

WHO calls for global governance against COVID-19 pandemic

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks in downtown Belgrade, Serbia, Sept 7, 2021. (DARKO VOJINOVIC / AP) WASHINGTON / MADRID / ROME / BRUSSELS / ADDIS ABABA / LONDON / RABAT / FRANKFURT / BERLIN / JOHANNESBURG - The Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development convened by the World...