Cowling says Omicron may evade latest measures

A prominent medical expert has warned that measures that were effective against previous waves of coronavirus, may not work as well against the Omicron variant. Benjamin Cowling from the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health said on Friday that working-from-home and school closures - may not be effective...

Wait for the Budget for more relief measures: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam says that if the government decides to roll out more relief measures for coronavirus-hit sectors and individuals, they will be announced in next month’s budget. At a media session on Tuesday, Lam was asked to respond to complaints from businesses that the HK$3.57 billion funding earmarked...

‘Subsidise sectors affected by anti-Covid measures’

Lawmakers have called on the government to provide subsidies to businesses and workers hit by anti-epidemic measures, in order to tide them over the Chinese New Year. The Liberal Party's Tommy Cheung told a Commercial Radio programme on Sunday that he expects the catering sector to lose business worth more...

Edward Yau defends stringent quarantine measures

Commerce and Economic Development Secretary Edward Yau has defended the government’s stringent quarantine measures, saying the 21-day quarantine period is needed for arrivals from parts of the world where there are a high number of Covid-19 cases. Yau made the comments on Friday following reports of concern by some in...

Anti-sanctions law can be added to Basic Law: SJ

The Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng said on Sunday that Beijing’s anti-sanctions law could be imposed on Hong Kong in the same way that the national security law was – by adding it annex three of the Basic Law. Cheng said this would be the “most natural and appropriate” method....

Distancing rules extended by two weeks

The government on Wednesday announced that most social distancing curbs would remain in place until July 21 as Hong Kong’s coronavirus situation stabilised. A government spokesman said the measures were needed as “the threat brought by mutant strains to the global epidemic situation cannot be neglected”. Among the changes to...

No exact science behind eased Covid measures, says CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday reiterated that there is no exact science behind the government’s decision to keep in place a ban on public gatherings of more than four people under newly eased social distancing rules, while allowing up to 180 people to dine in banquets indoors. During a...

New Hung Hom platforms safe to use: MTR

The MTR Corporation has played down concerns about the safety of new platforms at Hung Hom Station, ahead of the full opening of the Tuen Ma Line on June 27. The new platforms will first come into operation on June 20. They were at the centre of a shoddy work...

Govt renews existing social distancing measures

The government is extending social distancing measures currently in place for another two weeks. In a statement issued early on Thursday, the Food and Health Bureau said the government had relaxed social distancing measures last month, introducing a 'vaccine bubble' as part of a move to "resume normal daily lives...

‘Tests prove mutant strain has spread silently’

Government advisers say tests show a mutated Covid strain must have spread silently from a returnee from Dubai to a foreign domestic helper in Tung Chung, after researchers confirmed that both were carrying an identical variant first identified in South Africa. Microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung said his colleagues at the University...

Govt to relax restrictions for care home visits

2021-04-12 HKT 19:08" title="Law Chi-kwong stressed the stringent measures are needed to protect the health of vulnerable care home residents. File photo: RTHK"> Law Chi-kwong stressed the stringent measures are needed to protect the health of vulnerable care home residents. File photo: RTHK The government said on Monday that visiting...

Cowling: keep restrictions and aim for zero cases

2021-02-17 HKT 10:13" title="Benjamin Cowling says keeping distancing measures in place would raise hopes for a return to normality even without widespread vaccination. File photo: RTHK"> Benjamin Cowling says keeping distancing measures in place would raise hopes for a return to normality even without widespread vaccination. File photo: RTHK A...