HK reports 259 new Covid cases, new cluster emerges

Health authorities on Sunday said they recorded 259 new Covid infections, as officials reported a new cluster had emerged. Officials said nine people who visited a private kitchen in Shing Yip industrial building in Kwun Tong on May 9 have come down with the disease. The Centre for Health Protection's...

11 convicted of rioting in Wan Chai

The District Court on Saturday convicted 11 people of rioting in Wan Chai on October 6, 2019 – the day protests were held to oppose the government's anti-mask law. The court heard that crowds were marching on Hennessy Road on the day and obstructing the thoroughfare. Petrol bombs were also...

Non-residents allowed to fly into HK from May 1

The government said on Friday that non-Hong Kong residents will be allowed to fly into the city from overseas once again from May 1, and it will also relax rules that lead to flight suspensions. The administration said in a statement that the rules can be adjusted given the local...

Crowds return to theme parks, places of worship

There were expressions of joy from worshippers as well as visitors to amusement parks on Thursday as Ocean Park, Disneyland and temples began welcoming crowds again. People started streaming into Wong Tai Sin Temple as it reopened its doors at 7:30am, scanning the government's LeaveHomeSafe app as they entered. "It...

No food or drinks for now: cinemas

Three of the city's major cinema operators said they will not serve food or drinks when they reopen on Thursday. The government had earlier announced that cinemas will be among many premises allowed to reopen and operate at half of their capacity, as part of its plan to relax social...

Chance of school outbreaks is reasonably high: expert

A clinical associate professor of paediatrics said on Saturday that there is a reasonably high chance that Covid outbreaks will emerge in schools, when in-person classes resume in phases from Tuesday. Primary school pupils will be the first to return to campus for half-day classes, and students are required to...

Restaurant, household mixing rules to ease next week

Officials on Thursday gave more details about plans to relax social distancing measures from April 21, including allowing more households to mix at home and people to visit restaurants in the evenings. During her daily press conference, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the relaxation of rules will undoubtedly pose risks...

HK sees small rise in new Covid infections

Hong Kong added 1,433 new locally transmitted Covid infections on Tuesday, 26 cases more than the previous day. The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said 735 of the infections were confirmed via PCR tests and 698 were reported by people taking rapid antigen tests. There were also 13 imported cases....

Govt urged to let jabbed students test less regularly

The government has been urged to allow vaccinated students to take Covid tests once or twice a week, instead of daily, when schools resume face-to-face classes after the Easter holidays. The call was made by the head of the Subsidised Primary Schools Council, Vu Im-fan on Monday, who said pupils...

Journalist arrested for alleged sedition: sources

Veteran journalist Allan Au was arrested by national security police on Monday morning for alleged sedition, RTHK has learnt. He was reportedly taken to Kwai Chung police station. In a statement, police said officers from the national security department arrested a man, 54, in Kwai Chung, on Monday, without identifying...

‘It’s a new approach to tackle deep-seated problems’

The head of John Lee's Chief Executive campaign office, Tam Yiu-chung, said when the former chief secretary talks about results-oriented governance, he's looking at new ways to resolve Hong Kong's deep-seated problems. The emphasis on results was one of Lee's pledges when he formally announced his bid for the top...

John Lee has what it takes for top job: lawmakers

Several lawmakers on Thursday brushed off concerns over John Lee's apparent lack of experience in finance and other social issues, saying his cabinet will be able to help him if he eventually runs and wins in the Chief Executive election. Speaking on an RTHK show a day after the Chief...

XE variant no reason to worry: David Hui

Government pandemic advisor David Hui on Saturday played down concerns about the latest version of the Omicron Covid variant, a combination of two earlier strains known as XE. Hui made the comment after officials confirmed on Friday that two people who arrived in Hong Kong in February had a combination...

‘Kids need health checks after extended school break’

An alliance of non-profit groups focusing on the rights of children from low-income families on Thursday called for health checks and medical vouchers for students, saying the long break from face-to-face classes has taken a toll on children’s wellbeing. The Alliance for Children Development Rights said students mostly stayed home...

Sewage tests help find hidden Covid cases: govt

Environment Secretary Wong Kam-sing has defended the government's method of locating hidden Covid cases by testing sewage samples from buildings. This came after former Hospital Authority chief Leung Pak-yin said it is a waste of resources to adopt the tactic during the height of the epidemic, saying confirmed patients isolating...