Experts divided on the risk of another Covid outbreak

Medical experts are divided on the risk of Hong Kong seeing yet another wave of coronavirus infections. The Dean of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, Gabriel Leung, on Sunday warned the daily Covid tally of about 300 implies the virus is still being transmitted in the community. "We...

Covid cases steady; CHP says no school outbreak

The number of new Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong remained steady on Friday, with health authorities reporting 324 infections, three more than the day before. Of the new cases, 144 were identified by PCR tests and 180 took self-tests. Albert Au from the Centre for Health Protection said 23 of...

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....

Study: New Omicron sub-lineages can dodge immunity

A healthcare worker speaks with a woman queuing for a PCR Covid-19 test at the Lancet laboratory in Johannesburg on Nov 30, 2021. (EMMANUEL CROSET / AFP) JOHANNESBURG / SANTIAGO / LISBON - Two new sublineages of the Omicron coronavirus variant can dodge antibodies from earlier infection well enough to...

HK reports 363 new Covid infections

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) on Saturday reported 363 new Covid infections – similar to the figure from the previous day. Of the new cases, 190 were confirmed via PCR tests and 173 through rapid antigen tests. There were 25 imported cases and 10 newly reported deaths. At a...

US to widen COVID-19 antiviral pill distribution

This Oct 18, 2021 handout photo courtesy of Merck & Co,Inc. shows capsules of the antiviral pill Molnupiravir. (HANDOUT / MERCK & CO,INC. / AFP) WASHINGTON /  HAVANA / LONDON / PARIS -  President Joe Biden's administration is aiming to expand access to COVID-19 oral antiviral treatments like Pfizer Inc's Paxlovid by...

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...

Sheung Shui lockdown finds seven infections

Authorities on Tuesday picked up seven Covid infections after locking down a block in Sheung Shui overnight for testing. There were also three indeterminate cases among the 1,660 residents living in Ching Chak House of Ching Ho Estate. The government said 49 households did not answer the door when officers...

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....

Hong Kong adds 3,254 Covid infections, 87 deaths

Health officials on Tuesday reported 3,254 Covid-19 infections, 116 more than the previous day. Of the new cases, 1,658 were identified by PCR tests, while 1,596 took self-tests. Authorities also reported 87 more deaths linked to Covid, including 81 people who died at public hospitals in the past 24 hours,...

Lockdowns find more than 40 infections

Authorities on Tuesday picked up 45 Covid cases from the overnight lockdowns of two residential blocks. 36 residents of Yiu Wing House of Yiu On Estate in Sha Tin tested positive for the coronavirus, while nine infections were detected at Ching Chak House at Sheung Shui’s Ching Ho Estate. There...

New Covid infections in Hong Kong fall to 3,709

The number of new Covid-19 infections continues to fall in Hong Kong, with authorities reporting 3,709 new cases on Sunday - 766 fewer than the previous day. Among the new cases, 1,832 infections were confirmed by laboratories while 1,877 were reported by people who administered rapid tests themselves. The Hospital...

Over 100 infections found in three lockdowns

The government on Monday found 110 preliminary positive cases after locking down three buildings in Fanling, Aberdeen and Tai Po. Around 2,700 residents of Block 5 at Dawning Views, Lei Tim House at Ap Lei Chau Estate and Kwong Yee House at Kwong Fuk Estate were tested for the virus....

CHP refers ‘suspicious’ Covid declaration to police

Health officials on Thursday said they had made a report to the police after checks on those reporting Covid infections flagged up a person who could have deliberately provided false information. Since early March, the government has been accepting self reports of infections from people using rapid test kits, and...

Overnight lockdowns find 392 Covid infections

The government on Monday found 392 preliminary positive Covid infections after overnight lockdown operations in Sham Shui Po, Kwai Chung, Kwun Tong and Sheung Shui. Authorities identified 87 cases after testing 1,496 residents in Fu Sing House at Fu Cheong Estate. At Shing Hing House of Kwai Shing East Estate,...