Cathay’s Frankfurt aircrew to be quarantined

Cathay Pacific on Sunday said their aircrew who stayed in Frankfurt, Germany, since November 1, will be quarantined for 21 days in a government facility. The airline operator said it is following the health authorities’ "prescribed procedures". "We will fully comply with the health authorities’ requirement that any aircrew who...

Seven arrested over kidnap of crypto investor

Police on Sunday said they have arrested seven people in connection with a kidnapping of a man caught up in a cryptocurrency investment scam. Officers said the 39-year-old victim showed up in Kowloon Bay on November 6 to meet a buyer he met online to sell the digital currency, Tether....

‘Put air crew under seven-day quarantine’: adviser

A government adviser on the pandemic, Professor David Hui said on Sunday that the authorities should replace the self-isolation exemption arrangement for air crew with a seven-day quarantine, calling it a “most pressing issue”. In an interview with the China News Service, he said this would help meet the requirements...

Government urged not to kill wild boars

A concern group has on Saturday urged the government to reverse a decision to capture wild boars in urban areas for humane dispatch. On Friday night, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said the measure aims to reduce the number of wild boars and nuisance caused by the animal wandering...

HK records 2 new imported cases

The Centre for Health Protection reported two new imported coronavirus cases on Saturday. Both patients, a 49-year-old woman and a 65-year-old woman, have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. The 49-year-old is infected with the mutant L452R strain. They had flown to Hong Kong via the United Arab Emirates...

HK refuses to renew Economist journalist’s work visa

The Economist magazine on Friday said authorities in Hong Kong have refused to renew the employment visa of its China correspondent, Wong Sue-lin. "We regret their decision, which was given without explanation," the Economist's editor-in-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes said in a statement. "We urge the government of Hong Kong to...

Court convicts 20 of rioting, 3 acquitted

The District Court on Saturday found 20 people guilty of rioting during a 2019 protest in Sheung Wan, while three others were acquitted as the judge said he could not be certain they personally took part in the riot. Judge Johnny Chan ruled that a riot took place in the...

Customs head dismisses censorship claims

The Commissioner of Customs and Excise Louise Ho on Saturday dismissed censorship claims after she said her department would be on alert for people using everyday items to spread messages that could endanger national security. Speaking on a radio show, Ho said although the number of guns and helmets seized...

Health chief backs vaccine passport ‘to some degree’

Health Secretary Sophia Chan on Saturday said introducing a vaccine passport is something Hong Kong could do after a certain proportion of the population has been inoculated against Covid-19. She was commenting on the idea after it was proposed by prominent microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung recently in hopes of boosting the...

Hampton Place lockdown ends, no Covid cases found

The lockdown at Hampton Place in Tai Kok Tsui ended at 7 am on Sunday with health officials reporting no Covid cases after testing around 1,400 residents. Towers 1, 2 and 3 were sealed off on Saturday after a Cathay Pacific pilot, who lives in the development, tested preliminary positive...

WHO warns vaccine alone won’t end pandemic

Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a bilateral meeting with Swiss Interior and Health Minister Alain Berset (not in frame) before signing a BioHub Initiative with a global COVID-19 Pathogen repository in the Spiez laboratory, on the sideline of the opening of the 74th World...

CE affirms achievements of sixth plenary session

The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, on Saturday hailed the landmark resolution of the sixth plenary session of the Communist Party's central committee, and stressed the importance of the central government's support for the SAR in recent years. In a statement, Lam said the communique of the sixth plenary session had...

Cathay tightens checks after new Covid case

Cathay Pacific said on Saturday that it plans to suspend Frankfurt layovers for cargo crews and tightening checks on overseas stations after a pilot who worked on a Frankfurt cargo flight tested preliminary positive for Covid. The positive test result triggered a lockdown at Towers 1, 2 and 3 of...