Medical facilities to use vaccine pass from June

Patients and other people visiting non-emergency public medical facilities, like specialist clinics under the Hospital Authority, will have to use the vaccine pass from June 13. The applicable premises also include district health centres, student health service centres, government dental clinics and methadone clinics. Unvaccinated patients will still be admitted...

Government launches new Covid-reporting hotline

Security Secretary Chris Tang said a new hotline for people who have just tested positive for Covid-19 would be launched on Sunday night, so isolation facilities can be arranged for them. Anyone who tests positive can send a WhatsApp message to 5233-1833, as long as they have no symptoms -...

Experts question March mass testing plan

Several medical experts have questioned the government’s plan to conduct a citywide Covid testing exercise this month, expressing concern as to whether Hong Kong has enough facilities to isolate infected people. On an RTHK radio show, the vice-president of the Hong Kong Society for Infectious Diseases, Wilson Lam, said testing...

Mainland care workers to look after HK elderly

The Secretary for Labour and Welfare said on Sunday that the government is hiring 1,000 temporary workers from the mainland to take care of elderly Covid patients at its isolation and treatment facilities. Writing on his official blog, he said many care home residents had been transferred to these facilities...

Two more sites identified for isolation facilities

The government says it has identified two more sites for the construction of community isolation and treatment facilities for Covid-19 patients. In a statement, the administration said one of the plots is lent by a private developer and is located near Ma Sik Road in Fanling. The other site is...

‘Hold off on citywide testing until fifth wave peaks’

Epidemiologist Gabriel Leung said on Thursday that the government should only roll out its universal testing programme after the city’s Omicron outbreak has reached a peak in the first half of March and when Hong Kong has sufficient isolation facilities. He made the comment after Chief Executive Carrie Lam on...

‘Ensure enough isolation facilities for mass tests’

Medical experts on Wednesday called on authorities to make sure there are sufficient isolation facilities for those who test positive in the citywide Covid-19 screening exercise planned for next month. Professor Lau Yu-lung, who chairs an advisory committee of the Centre for Health Protection, estimated that the number of asymptomatic...

Govt urged to make sure helpers’ dorms are livable

The Ombudsman on Thursday called on the government to tighten regulations to ensure the standards of foreign domestic helpers' (FDH) dormitories, saying poor living conditions are unacceptable from a humanitarian point of view. The office launched a direct investigation after the media identified problems such as overcrowding and poor hygiene...

Officials warn of virus transmission in Tuen Mun

Health officials on Tuesday warned of silent transmission of the coronavirus in Tuen Mun after more cases emerged in the district. Two more people linked to a pharmacy in Tuen Mun, as well as a security guard at the Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre who lives in the district, are among...

Penny’s Bay option to end for helpers’ quarantine

The Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre will stop taking bookings for foreign domestic helpers from next Monday, with the government saying it needs to reserve all the rooms there for its response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Covid. The administration also said that the Regala Skycity Hotel...