More signs of animal-to-human Covid spread: CHP

Hong Kong health authorities say they are becoming even more certain that Covid-19 is passing from animals to humans, after another two people who visited pet shops tested preliminary positive for the virus. One of the patients bought a hamster from the Little Boss store in Causeway Bay which has...

Secondary students divided on class suspensions

There have been mixed reactions among secondary school students about the government’s decision to suspend face-to-face classes, with some calling the measure reasonable and others describing it as unfair. The Education Bureau announced on Thursday the suspension of all in-school activities, with the exception of form six students who need...

Tour group faces HK$4 million fine over price fixing

The Competition Commission has imposed a fine of more than HK$4 million on a travel agency in connection with a price-fixing case. It also announced further action against two hotel operators that did not enter into cooperation agreements with the commission during its investigation. The Competition Commission said that between...

EdUHK stops recognising students’ union

The Education University announced on Thursday that it will no longer recognise the institution's students' union, alleging it has problems with its management and lacks representativeness. In an email to students and staff, the university said the union has long experienced management issues, and it has been running under a...

Secondary schools to suspend face-to-face classes

The Education Bureau on Thursday ordered secondary schools to suspend face-to-face classes by Monday, after a number of students were recently infected with Covid-19. All in-school activities will also be suspended, but form six students preparing for exams will be allowed to return to campus for not more than half...

Preliminary case found in Kwai Chung lockdown

Health authorities said on Thursday one person has tested preliminary positive during an overnight lockdown of a public housing block in Kwai Chung. Authorities said arrangements were made for the preliminary case to be sent to hospital and the close contact to the quarantine centre. More than 2,500 people were...

Queues as Mei Foo, Sham Shui Po residents get tested

Some people who live or work in Mei Foo and Sham Shui Po on Thursday heeded government advice and lined up to get tested for Covid-19. Officials made the appeal after several infections emerged from the two areas, including an untraceable case involving a kindergarten teacher living in Mei Foo...

Govt urged to suspend classes at secondary schools

Calls mounted on Thursday for the government to suspend face-to-face classes in secondary schools after a number of teenagers were recently infected with Covid-19. The Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers said in a statement that the coronavirus situation in the city has been worsening. It urged the Education Bureau...

Sinovac to be offered to kids starting from Friday

The government on Thursday announced that children aged 5 to 11 can receive the Sinovac vaccine from Friday, while BioNTech jabs will be administered to this age group starting February 16. Bookings for Sinovac jabs open at 8am on Friday for shots later on the same day. The second jab...

No positive Covid cases found after two lockdowns

Covid lockdowns have come to an end at two residential blocks sealed off overnight for compulsory testing. No new Covid cases were found, but the test result of one specimen is still undergoing the verification process. The buildings are Tower 3 of Grand Central in Kwun Tong and Fu Yuet...

Cowling says Omicron may evade latest measures

A prominent medical expert has warned that measures that were effective against previous waves of coronavirus, may not work as well against the Omicron variant. Benjamin Cowling from the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health said on Friday that working-from-home and school closures - may not be effective...

No new cases found during overnight lockdowns

Overnight Covid lockdowns have come to an end at three housing blocks in Tin Shui Wai, Tsuen Wan, and Cheung Sha Wan, after three residents had earlier tested preliminary positive for the coronavirus. Over 3,000 people were tested and no new cases were found at any of the blocks. On...

Yat Kwai House residents to undergo nightly tests

The government’s pandemic advisor, Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, announced late on Thursday that residents of Yat Kwai House on Kwai Chung Estate would have to undergo mandatory testing every night until and including Sunday, if they wanted to leave the building the following morning. That’s after a major outbreak there, involving...

We will continue to promote rule of law: Victor Dawes

The new Bar Association chairman, senior counsel Victor Dawes, said the association will continue to speak out for the city’s rule of law but stressed his group is not a political organisation. Dawes, the only candidate running for the association’s chairmanship, was elected to replace his predecessor Paul Harris in...

Virus may have spread at Kwai Chung block

Health authorities suspect Covid-19 might have spread in a public housing block at Kwai Chung Estate after more infections were linked to the building. The latest confirmed patients from Yat Kwai House are a 53-year-old resident who works at the airport, and a one-year-old baby who visited his grandmother who...

HK’s Covid situation is now severe, warns CHP

Health officials have called on residents in Mei Foo and Sham Shui Po to get tested for Covid-19, saying growing clusters there have led to a "severe epidemic situation". Authorities on Wednesday reported 16 new Covid-19 cases, among them seven local infections. Among the latest confirmed patients were those linked...

Lawmakers approve new powers to hold meetings online

Lawmakers on Wednesday passed two resolutions that gave them new powers to conduct high-level meetings online during the Covid-19 pandemic. Under the new rules, legislators can hold virtual council meetings, as well as remote meetings for the Finance Committee and other committees, if the Legco president or a committee chairman...

Joshua Wong’s sentence reduced over June 4 case

The former secretary general of the now-disbanded Demosisto party, Joshua Wong, has had his jail sentence reduced by two months over his participation in a banned June 4 vigil in 2020. Wong applied for leave to appeal against his sentence after receiving 10 months behind bars in May last year...