Cathay Pacific fires two over protocol breaches

Cathay Pacific on Saturday announced that it has fired two aircrew members who are suspected of breaching Covid protocols. The airline's announcement comes a day after Chief Executive Carrie Lam summoned its chairman and CEO to express the government's "strong dissatisfaction" over violations of the company's isolation rules. In a...

Buildings in three districts locked down

The government on Saturday locked down buildings in three districts, including Block 6 of Villa Athena in Ma On Shan, where a woman who dined at the Moon Palace restaurant lives. The 50-year-old tested preliminary positive for Covid-19. The restaurant at the Festival Walk mall in Kowloon Tong is at...

CE summons Cathay bosses over rule-breaching staff

Health Secretary Sophia Chan said on Friday that Chief Executive Carrie Lam had summoned the chairman and CEO of Cathay Pacific to express the government's "strong dissatisfaction" with breaches of the company's isolation rules by staff infected with Covid. Chan said four Cathay crew members had tested positive for the...

District Court finds five guilty of rioting

The District Court on Friday found five people guilty of rioting and resisting a police officer in Wong Tai Sin on National Day in 2019. Kwok Siu-kit, Cheung Kai-cheong, Ho Man-him, Wan Tsz-lam and Mak Ho-wai, who are aged between 19 and 30, were convicted of taking part in a...

People queue up for Covid tests at Festival Walk

Dozens of people queued up to get tested for coronavirus at the Festival Walk shopping mall on Friday morning, after the authorities issued a compulsory testing order in connection with an Omicron case. Staff and customers who were in the Kowloon Tong mall on Monday afternoon must take a test...

Shek Kip Mei residents at ease despite Covid case

People living at a public housing estate in Shek Kip Mei on Friday said they were not afraid after a 76-year-old resident there tested preliminary positive for Covid-19. Health authorities had put Wing Chak House in Chak On Estate into lockdown overnight for compulsory testing, but found no infections. Residents...

HK probably has an Omicron outbreak: experts

Medical experts say Hong Kong has likely been hit by an Omicron outbreak, with one warning the territory must now brace itself for a "super-spreading" event. A construction worker has tested preliminary positive for coronavirus, days after he ate at a restaurant in Kowloon Tong's Festival Walk around the same...

No cases found in overnight lockdowns

The authorities on Friday announced that no confirmed cases of Covid-19 were found during overnight lockdowns in Shek Kip Mei and Kennedy Town. The lockdowns took place as officials investigate two suspected cases of local transmission of the Omicron coronavirus variant linked to a Cathay Pacific aircrew member who recently...

No new Covid cases found in Tin Shui Wai lockdown

Health officials on Saturday said they had found no new Covid-19 cases following an overnight lockdown at a residential building in Tin Shui Wai. Authorities sealed off Block 2 of Grandeur Terrace, 88 Tin Shui Wai Road, on Friday evening as a preliminary positive case lives in the block. The...

Britain approves Pfizer’s antiviral COVID-19 pill

People wear face masks as they walk, in Regent Street, in London on Nov 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali) PARIS / ROME / CAPE TOWN / DUBLIN / LONDON / ATHENS / LISBON / SANTIAGO / HARARE - Britain has approved Pfizer's COVID-19 pill for patients over the age of 18 years who have mild to moderate infection and...

Putin, Biden discuss Moscow’s security proposals in phone call

This combo photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and US President Joe Biden (right). (PHOTO/XINHUA) MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden discussed Russia's recent security proposals during their telephone call, the Kremlin said Friday. "Both leaders discussed agreements reached during their previous consultations on...