Virus’ shadow keeps millions jobless in US

Long COVID extends pandemic's effect, with $170b in lost wages, report finds Between 2 and 4 million people in the United States can't work because of the long-term debilitating effects of COVID-19, costing the economy up to $170 billion a year in lost wages, according to a report. The report...

Johns Hopkins: Global COVID cases surpass 600m

Masked patrons wait to order at a food stand inside Grand Central Market on July 13, 2022, in Los Angeles. (MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ / AP) NEW YORK - Global COVID-19 cases topped 600 million on Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The global case count amounted to 600,449,934,...

‘Now is the best time to further relax Covid curbs’

Microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung on Friday made a raft of suggestions to further relax Covid rules in Hong Kong, saying now is the best time for the city to return to normal thanks to a strong immunity barrier. Writing in Ming Pao, he urged the government to further shorten the quarantine...

‘Rise in Covid cases expected as restrictions ease’

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip on Wednesday warned that the number of Covid cases may rise as social distancing rules are further relaxed. He also said the virus' reproduction number is again above one. From Thursday, restaurants will be allowed to operate until midnight while businesses including gyms,...

Covid outbreak found at Sheung Wan restaurant

Health authorities on Friday reported a coronavirus cluster involving a restaurant in Sheung Wan in which at least 30 people have come down with the virus. Officials said those infected include 29 customers who dined at Sky Cuisine between 6pm and 11pm on May 7, and one member of staff....

Kwai Chung block lockdown finds one Covid infection

Authorities on Saturday said they've identified one Covid infection after locking down Tak Yam House of On Yam Estate in Kwai Chung for overnight testing. Around 1,660 people were tested. Residents who were able to present their negative test results had been allowed to leave the block since 8:15am.

Covid cluster emerges at Hung Hom snooker club

Health authorities on Thursday ordered more than 150 people who visited a snooker club in Hung Hom to get tested for Covid-19 after a cluster of infections emerged there. Officials said four people confirmed with Covid had visited Sun Mong Snooker on Monday evening. They are two men who flew...

Five Covid cases identified in lockdown

Officials said on Saturday that they've picked up five Covid infections from the overnight lockdown of Chui Kwai House at Kwai Chung Estate. 1,312 residents were tested. Authorities said 91 households did not answer the door, and they'll take follow up action accordingly.

Shanghai’s Covid cases drop as Beijing’s creep up

Authorities in Shanghai on Tuesday reported a further drop in the number of Covid infections, from a total of more than 7,000 the day before to fewer than 6,000. There were 274 symptomatic infections, down from 727. The number of asymptomatic cases stood at 5,395, versus 6,606 a day earlier....