Outbreak of bacterial infections linked to fish: CHP

Members of the public have been urged to avoid touching raw fish while shopping at wet markets, as health authorities on Thursday confirmed an outbreak of a bacterial infection that has led to dozens of people falling sick. The Centre for Health Protection said an analysis showed that among the...

Legco passes bill to bring in outside doctors

The Legislative Council on Thursday passed a bill that allows non-locally trained doctors to fully practise in Hong Kong without taking a local licensing exam, despite opposition from the medical sector. Under the amendments, doctors with non-local medical qualifications can apply for full registration in Hong Kong upon working in...

Another batch of district councillors unseated

The government on Thursday disqualified 16 district councillors from the western New Territories, saying the oaths of allegiance they took two weeks ago were invalid. In a statement, the government said it decided to strip the councillors of their seats after considering their written replies to requests for information. Among...

IPCC complaint reports left in a taxi

The Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) says it has lost some documents containing personal information on 20 people, including complainants and police officers. In a statement, the council said a folder, containing six complaint reports, was left in a taxi on Monday evening. It did not specify who had lost...

Louise Ho becomes HK’s first female customs chief

Beijing on Thursday appointed Louise Ho as the new Commissioner of Customs and Excise – the first female head of the department. She replaces Hermes Tang, who is retiring, as the leader of the 7,800-strong department. Ho, wife of constitutional and mainland affairs minister Erick Tsang, joined customs as an...

It takes time for pork prices to come down: trader

A representative of the pork trade says even though wholesale prices of pigs have dropped significantly in recent months, this may not immediately be reflected in the market because retailers have to cover increasing costs. Wholesale prices of pigs went down by more than 40 percent on the mainland in...

Preliminary trials show Sinovac-BioNTech mix is safe

A government advisor on Covid-19 vaccination says preliminary trial results show mixing the use of Sinovac and BioNTech vaccines is effective and safe. Professor Ivan Hung told RTHK's Hong Kong Today programme that the incidence of side effects, when mixing the shots, was comparable to people who'd been fully-vaccinated with...

Cruise trip scrapped over suspected Covid case

Health authorities late on Thursday said they are investigating a suspected re-positive Covid-19 case, involving a male crew member of the cruise ship, Spectrum of the Seas, prompting the cancellation of a "cruise-to-nowhere" sailing. The 40-year-old, who is asymptomatic and has been double-vaccinated with Sinovac, was found during regular testing...

Lawmakers pass bill to ban e-cigarettes

Lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that will ban the sale of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. The bill will also ban the import, manufacture, distribution and advertising of such smoking products in the SAR. The government stressed the legislation is aimed at protecting people’s health, as the products contain...

‘Don’t be deterred by lower pay in GBA’

Fresh university graduates from Hong Kong are being urged to pursue career opportunities in the Greater Bay Area even though the average starting monthly salary there is lower than in the SAR. Experts said that's because the area offers better prospects in the longer term due to its huge market...

Officers probed over police death comments

Security Secretary Chris Tang on Wednesday said eight officers from the disciplined services face criminal investigations for allegedly mocking the death of a marine police senior inspector. The eight were suspended from duty after apparently gloating over the death of Lam Yuen-yee, who was killed in an anti-smuggling operation at...

Prosecutors drop charges against restaurant pair

Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped their case against two owners of a Mong Kok restaurant accused of possessing offensive weapons and instruments fit for unlawful purpose. Wong Hung-hin, 30 and Nicholas Shum, 25, owners of the "Jie Genge" restaurant on Portland Street, had denied the charge. Prosecutors said that during an...

Four more imported Covid cases reported

Health officials on Wednesday reported four new imported Covid-19 cases, involving three women and a man. The patients, aged between 23 and 43, flew in from the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore. All were fully vaccinated and tested positive during quarantine. Three of them were found to be carrying the mutated...

Police seize modified speedboats

Police on Wednesday said they had seized seven modified speedboats and eight engines suspected to be linked to smuggling activities. Officers said the vessels, which were in a car park in Tung Chung, were worth around HK$5 million. Chief inspector Yu Pok-hon said two of the boats could travel as...

Construction workers face another year of wage freeze

A construction workers’ union has urged the government to carry out more short-term projects to create jobs as it announced a wage freeze for members for another year. At a press briefing on Wednesday, the Hong Kong Construction Industry Employees General Union said the decision was made following talks with...

Govt hopes to strip district councils of funding role

The Home Affairs Department (HAD) has proposed stripping district councils of their role in implementing community and minor work projects. At a Legco panel meeting on Wednesday, officials said district councils should no longer review funding requests for community involvement projects and minor works programmes, and the HAD and Leisure...

No one has courage to see me: Poon Hiu-wing’s mother

The mother of murder victim Poon Hiu-wing has lashed out at people involved in suspect Chan Tong-kai's case, alleging they are "unrighteous people" who did not have the courage to meet her. She had invited Chan and his parents, pastor Peter Koon, security minister Chris Tang, police chief Raymond Siu,...

‘Act now on discrimination against mainlanders’

The chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission, Ricky Chu, says now is the time to make it illegal to discriminate against mainlanders, noting that the body has received a lot of complaints regarding such discrimination in recent years. Chu told an RTHK programme on Wednesday that the commission has made...