‘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....

Overnight lockdown in Tuen Mun finds 5 Covid cases

The government on Wednesday said it had found five Covid infections and eight undetermined cases after an overnight lockdown of a residential block in Tuen Mun. Some 940 people from Tip Sum House at Butterfly Estate were tested. A Kwai Chung housing block has now also been locked down for...

New Covid cases drop further to 429

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) on Sunday reported 429 new Covid cases – almost 100 fewer than the day before – as well as the deaths of another 13 Covid patients. Officials said 221 infections were confirmed by PCR tests and the rest were reported by people who took...

Doctors warn another Covid wave may be just as deadly

The Hong Kong College of Physicians cautioned on Sunday that another wave of Covid infections could prove as deadly as the current Omicron-driven outbreak for people over 60, if vaccine uptake in this age group is still low at the time. The group's president, Philip Li, said unvaccinated people over...

HK sees number of daily Covid cases drop further

Health authorities on Saturday reported 523 new Covid-19 infections, down by about 50 cases from the day before. About half of the cases were identified through rapid antigen tests, while the rest were confirmed by laboratories. Officials said they are closely monitoring the Covid figures for these two weeks to...

New Covid prevention drug arrives in HK

The Hospital Authority (HA) on Saturday said the first batch of a new Covid prevention drug has arrived in Hong Kong and they will be given to immunocompromised patients, such as those who have had organ transplants. The monoclonal antibody drug Evusheld, made by AstraZeneca, is administered by injection. The...

Daily Covid tally in Hong Kong falls to 574

The number of new Covid cases in Hong Kong has continued to edge down, with the authorities on Friday reporting 574 infections – around 50 fewer than the previous day. Albert Au from the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said he is happy to see the daily caseload shrink, but...

Hong Kong logs 628 new Covid cases

The Centre for Health Protection on Thursday reported 628 new Covid infections – down 40 cases from the previous day. Officials said 317 of the new infections were confirmed in laboratories and the rest were reported by people who took rapid tests. The officials also said that of the 250...

Hong Kong logs 668 new Covid cases

Health officials said on Wednesday that Hong Kong’s Covid situation has entered “a stable level” in recent days as they reported 668 new cases for the day. Among the new infections, 13 were imported. "So far, we do not see an obvious trend of upsurge, but we will closely monitor...

200,000 recovered Covid patients download new code

The government said some 200,000 people had registered in a new system as recovered Covid patients as of 5pm on Wednesday. Under the system that was launched on Tuesday, they’d be provided with a QR code that can be used instead of a vaccine pass for 180 days, before they...

Number of new Covid cases falls again

Hong Kong reported 794 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, as the territory's daily infection figure stayed below 1,000 for a second consecutive day. Among the new cases were 12 travellers who flew in from places including Amsterdam, Vancouver and Singapore. Almost 450 of the new cases were confirmed through PCR...

Hong Kong reports first Omicron BA.5 case

Health authorities on Thursday reported an imported Covid case that carries a new Omicron variant that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had recently added to its list of monitoring. The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said the Omicron BA.5 variant was found on a 24-year-old man who had arrived in...