Situation at Penny’s Bay has improved: Sophia Chan

Health Secretary Sophia Chan said the operation of the Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre has improved after authorities enhanced measures there in light of recent complaints. People who'd undergone isolation at the quarantine facility reported various problems, such as unanswered hotline calls and a delay in release when Covid tests were...

Aberdeen lockdown ends with no positive cases

Health officials said on Monday that they tested about 55 people during a lockdown in Aberdeen but no positive results were found. The lockdown of 2-4 Tung Sing Road followed the discovery of a preliminary positive case, which may involve the Delta variant. The case, a 23-year-old woman, works at...

HKU student may have caught Covid at CWB restaurant

Health officials on Wednesday were investigating if a university student acquired Covid-19 after he visited a Japanese restaurant in Causeway Bay for hot pot around the same time as a woman who was infected earlier. Officials said the University of Hong Kong student, 20, visited the Nabe Urawa restaurant at...

Eleven officials ordered to undergo home isolation

The government on Sunday said that 11 officials, who attended a recent banquet and had their quarantine orders lifted, will have to use their vacation leave to isolate at home. The announcement follows the discovery of another preliminary positive Covid case, involving a 43-year-old woman, who was at the birthday...

Covid case with unknown source may have Omicron

Health officials said a supermarket worker who caught Covid-19 from an unknown source may be infected with the Omicron variant. She was among the 37 newly confirmed cases announced on Saturday. Authorities said the 58-year-old Covid patient had a relatively high viral load and that she was infected with mutations...

More officials apologise over Covid party saga

More senior government officials have apologised for attending a party with over a hundred guests where they were exposed to people infected with Covid-19. The undersecretary for innovation and technology, David Chung, and the political assistant to the IT chief, Lillian Cheong, said in a joint statement on Saturday that...

Top officials under fire for attending banquet

Officials and lawmakers have drawn ire for attending a banquet on Monday night in a growing political firestorm. Members of the public who called in to an RTHK radio show expressed anger at those who were there. "Everyone around the world is fighting the pandemic, and you held this gathering?...

Banquet host sorry, says everyone was jabbed

The host of a banquet that's forced two government officials into isolation after a woman who later tested preliminary positive for Covid showed up has apologised and stressed that all guests were vaccinated and used the LeaveHomeSafe app. Witman Hung, a local delegate to the National People's Congress and the...

Senior officials apologise for attending banquet

Home Affairs Secretary Caspar Tsui and the political assistant of the Development Bureau, Allen Fung, apologised on Thursday for going to a banquet attended by a woman who’s since tested preliminary positive for Covid-19. The two were sent to the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre after they were identified as close...

Caspar Tsui to be quarantined after attending banquet

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Thursday that at least 10 senior government officials were at a banquet on Monday night that was attended by someone who has since tested preliminary positive for Covid-19. Lam said one of them, Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui, has been identified as a...

German minister, on US trip, urges dialogue with Russia

In this file photo taken on Dec 23, 2021, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock holds a press conference during a statement on Afghanistan at the foreign office in Berlin, Germany. (MICHAEL SOHN / POOL / AFP) BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who is travelling to Washington to meet...

Hong Kong on verge of new Covid wave: officials

Health authorities have warned that Hong Kong is on the verge of a fifth wave of Covid-19 outbreaks, after confirming the first community transmission of the virus in the territory for months. Officials were scrambling on Friday to track down all the people who had been to the same places...

Health officials ‘ready for worst’ if Omicron hits HK

Health officials said on Monday they're preparing for the worst if Hong Kong experiences an outbreak of Covid-19 powered by the highly transmissible Omicron variant – including putting 500 isolation beds on standby at the Asia WorldExpo. Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan said despite tight border control measures,...

Lockdown over suspected Omicron case

Health authorities on Thursday evening ordered a lockdown for a building in Yau Ma Tei after a Cathay Pacific cargo crew tested preliminary positive for Covid-19, which officials suspect could involve the Omicron variant. The case prompted calls for the government to consider scrapping quarantine exemption for cargo crew. Officials...

Happy Valley block under lockdown for testing

Authorities placed a building in Happy Valley into lockdown on Friday evening after a foreign domestic helper who was recently released from quarantine tested preliminary positive for Covid-19. Health officials said the 31-year-old woman from the Philippines arrived in Hong Kong last month, and the six tests conducted during her...

Health officials lock down building in Tai Kok Tsui

Health officials on Saturday ordered compulsory Covid tests for residents of Towers 1, 2 and 3 of Hampton Place in Tai Kok Tsui, and predicted that the testing would be finished by 8am on Sunday. In a statement, a government spokesman said a preliminary positive imported case had been detected...

Govt mulls tightening aircrew restrictions

Health officials on Wednesday said Hong Kong may further tighten quarantine rules for exempted groups such as flight crew members after three of them were among the city's latest imported Covid-19 patients. Local flight crew are currently subject to a "closed-loop" management system when they work overseas, meaning their airline...

Health code could link to LeaveHomeSafe: IT chief

Innovation and technology secretary Alfred Sit said the government had submitted a number of proposals to mainland authorities on how a Hong Kong health code should work, in order for people to be able to travel quarantine-free to the mainland. He said options include allowing people to voluntarily declare where...