Compulsory Testing Notices for 21 locations in SAR

The government on Sunday gazetted a Compulsory Testing Notice for 21 locations across Hong Kong, as it continues to fight the Covid outbreak. Anyone who has visited the buildings, and stayed there for the length of time and on the dates specified, must get a Covid nucleic acid test. The...

Tung Chung public housing block under Covid lockdown

Health officials on Sunday locked down a public housing block in Tung Chung, after sewage samples there tested positive for Covid-19. Residents and recent visitors of Ying Yat House of Yat Tung (One) Estate must get tested and then stay at home until further notice. The government added that residents...

‘Covid-hit helpers must not be left on streets’

A support group for migrant workers urged the government to take responsibility for foreign domestic helpers who contracted Covid-19, amid reports that women had been fired and turned out of their homes after positive tests. Several concern groups have reported at least ten cases of foreign domestic workers having their...

Shek Kip Mei lockdown finds 168 cases

Health officials said on Sunday they had picked up 168 preliminary Covid cases in a two-day lockdown of a public housing block in Shek Kip Mei. They were among around 2,100 residents tested in Block 21 of the Shek Kip Mei Estate since Friday. The lockdown had been due to...

HK sees over 6,000 cases as Covid surge continues

Health authorities reported 6,063 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, as the Omicron-driven fifth Covid wave showed no sign of abating. All but four of the new infections were locally transmitted, and in addition there were around 7,400 preliminary positive cases. Fifteen more people have died. Infections have emerged in 30...

Mainland teams to build 10,000 isolation units in HK

Construction teams from the mainland are to build 10,000 isolation and treatment units for Covid patients at Penny's Bay and Kai Tak. Attending a ceremony to mark the occasion on Saturday afternoon, the Chief Executive Carrie Lam thanked the central government for alleviating the shortage of facilities here. "I thank...

‘Care homes must take back recovered residents’

Welfare Secretary Law Chi-kwong warned elderly care homes on Saturday that they may face consequences if they refuse to take back residents who have recovered from Covid. Health authorities had earlier criticised the actions of some care homes, saying they were increasing the burden on hospitals. But care homes say...

Patients left outside hospitals now moved indoors: HA

The chief executive of the Hospital Authority, Tony Ko, said on Saturday that most Covid patients waiting for admission outside public hospitals have now been moved indoors or to other isolation facilities. Patients had been forced to spend hours in the cold outside emergency rooms, after a surge of Covid...

Shek Kip Mei lockdown finds 87 Covid cases

Health officials on Saturday said they had uncovered 87 preliminary positive Covid cases, as they wrapped up a two-day lockdown of a public housing block in Shek Kip Mei. Authorities had sealed off Mei Wui House, on Shek Kip Mei Estate, on Thursday after sewage samples tested positive for the...

Temperature drops as low as 0.8 degrees Celsius

Hong Kong saw near-freezing temperatures early on Sunday as Guangdong was hit by an intense winter monsoon, the Hong Kong Observatory said. The minimum temperature of 0.8 degrees Celsius was recorded at the SAR's highest peak, Tai Mo Shan, at around 4.40am, according to the Observatory, which said a band...