Dozens given expired jabs, two end up in hospital

Health authorities revealed on Wednesday that 36 people were recently given doses of Covid vaccine that were past their use-by date and two ended up in hospital. The Department of Health said BioNTech shots should be used within 31 days of thawing, in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. But on...

Elderly flock to get their first jab

All same-day tickets were snapped up in half an hour on Friday at a Covid-19 mobile vaccination station at Wong Tai Sin Temple Square offering the BioNTech vaccine to members of the public over the next three days. More than 100 people had queued up before the station opened at...

Causeway Bay and Tuen Mun lockdowns on Omicron fears

Health authorities on Tuesday locked down two buildings in Causeway Bay for compulsory Covid testing on concerns about the Omicron variant. The move followed a lockdown earlier in the day in Tuen Mun, after Hong Kong's first untraceable local case in more than two months. Causeway Tower at 16-22 Causeway...

Another Moon Palace diner tests preliminary positive

The Centre for Health Protection said on Monday another diner at Moon Palace restaurant in Kowloon Tong has tested preliminary positive for the coronavirus. If confirmed, it would be the sixth case linked to the outbreak at the Chinese restaurant at Festival Walk. Dr Albert Au of the Centre for...

No Covid-19 cases found after overnight lockdown

Authorities said on Friday that no Covid-19 cases had been found after an overnight lockdown of a Tuen Mun residential building after a resident tested preliminary positive for a mutant strain of the coronavirus. More than 1,200 residents were tested at On Hei House in Siu Hei Court, and the...

Beware of cheap health check-ups: Consumer Council

The Consumer Council has called on people to beware of promotions involving free or cheap health check-ups, saying some companies have lured customers into buying expensive and unnecessary treatment plans during such examinations. The council said during a press conference on Wednesday that it had received a complaint from an...

Thousands apply for cross-border health code

The government says some 82,900 people registered for a health code within a few hours of the online application system opening on Friday morning. People will be allocated a green, amber or red code depending on their risk of contracting Covid-19, with a green code needed to travel to the...

German minister: Unvaccinated health staff ‘unacceptable’

Karl Lauterbach, new Federal Minister of Health, speaks at the plenary session in the German Bundestag in Berlin, Germany on Dec 10, 2021. (BERND VON JUTRCZENKA / DPA VIA AP) GENEVA / BRUSSELS / JOHANNESBURG / BRASILIA / VALLETTA / VIENNA / PARIS / LILONGWE / LONDON / RABAT / DUBLIN / HAVANA / BERLIN / BUDAPEST - German Health Minister...

HK launches health code ahead of border reopening

The government has officially launched Hong Kong's health code system, but has stressed that there is no plan to use it within the SAR. People hoping to travel quarantine-free to the mainland once the border reopens will be able to sign up for a code from December 10 to get...

‘Health code won’t work without trust in government’

An academic has warned that the SAR's newly-launched health code system will not work effectively if the government fails to cultivate public trust. Kris Hartley, an assistant professor of public management and administration at the Education University, was commenting on Friday, a day after officials unveiled the health code system...

Inaugural Asia Summit on Global Health opens today

HONG KONG, Nov 24, 2021 - (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) - Co-organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the inaugural Asia Summit on Global Health (ASGH) opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)...

Dutch return to partial lockdown as virus cases soar

Customers sit on a terrace alongside a canal in Amsterdam, on April 28, 2021, as the Dutch government eased the restrictions put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. (FRANCOIS WALSCHAERTS / AFP) MOSCOW / BRASILIA / VIENNA / GENEVA / OTTAWA / AMSTERDAM - The Netherlands returns to a partial lockdown...