Man held ‘for inciting others to target officials’

The police have arrested a 64-year-old man for allegedly using social media to incite others to target government officials and judicial officers. The force said on Tuesday the suspect allegedly told someone who had expressed suicidal thoughts on social media to kill government officials and judicial officers as well in...

Govt is closely monitoring Mu variant: health chief

Health Secretary Sophia Chan said on Saturday that officials were closely monitoring the situation involving the Mu variant, but she stressed that Hong Kong had stringent measures in place to prevent the virus from spreading into the community. The SAR had earlier recorded three Covid-19 infections involving the variant, which...

Five people sentenced over quarantine breaches

Health officials said five people had been sentenced in the Magistrates' Courts on Wednesday for breaching quarantine rules. They said in a statement that the five cases involved three men and two women, aged between 29 and 74, who had been ordered to quarantine at home for 14 days. The...

Beijing reveals tit-for-tat response to US sanctions

China said on Friday that it's imposed counter-sanctions on US individuals including former US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross in response to recent US sanctions on Chinese officials in Hong Kong. The sanctions are the first imposed by China under its new anti-foreign sanction law, passed in June, and come days...

HK records seven new imported Covid cases

Health officials on Tuesday reported seven new Covid infections – all of them imported cases. The five men and two women, aged between 12 and 58, flew in from the US, Japan, France, Iran and Bangladesh. The Centre for Health Protection said six of the patients were confirmed to be...

Govt studying how to boost elderly vaccine rate: Nip

Civil Service Secretary Patrick Nip said on Sunday that the government was studying whether to allow some elderly people to get the Covid-19 vaccine without first making a booking. Nip, who's in charge of the city’s vaccination programme, said less than a quarter of elderly people aged over 65 have...

‘Hotpot trio sacrificed family time to join dinner’

Security minister Chris Tang on Wednesday offered a new defence for three senior officials who violated social distancing rules by attending a dinner at an exclusive private club in March, saying the trio had sacrificed precious time with their families to do their jobs. It was revealed last week that...

Give the hotpot trio a break: Carrie Lam

Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday insisted no further action should be taken against three senior officials who were treated to a free hotpot meal at a private club in March, saying people shouldn't be "too harsh" on them. Last week, it was revealed that immigration and customs chiefs Au...

Govt should probe hotpot meal: ex-ICAC investigator

A former ICAC chief investigator said on Monday that the government needs to investigate whether three senior officials, who had a free hotpot meal at a luxurious private club back in March, had violated any codes of conduct. Barrister Stephen Char said the administration should not play down the matter...

Top security officials have learnt a lesson, says CS

The Chief Secretary John Lee said on Saturday that the three top officials, who violated social distancing rules, had learnt an important lesson. The Director of Immigration, Au Ka-wang; the Commissioner of Customs, Hermes Tang; and the Undersecretary for Security, Sonny Au were each fined HK$5,000 for attending a hotpot...

Rescue at Surfside condo paused ahead of demolition, storm

Search and rescue teams search the rubble of the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside, Florida, on July 2, 2021. (PHOTO / AFP) SURFSIDE - The search for survivors and remains of the dead were suspended Saturday at the partially collapsed Miami-area condo as officials prepare...

Aberdeen residential block put under lockdown

A residential building in Aberdeen was put under lockdown on Thursday evening after one resident's preliminary positive test for Covid-19 involved a mutant strain. Residents of the Port Centre were required to stay in their flats and undergo compulsory testing, with the whole operation expected to be wrapped up by...

Colleague of patient with Delta variant gets Covid

Health officials have reported one new local Covid-19 infection on Sunday, which is linked to an airport worker who earlier became Hong Kong's first case of the more infectious Delta variant. The 24 year-old woman, who is a colleague of the man, last went to work and provided customer services...

5 dead, 156 still missing at collapsed Florida condo

Rescue personnel continue to search the rubble at the site of a collapsed building in Surfside, Florida, north of Miami Beach,on June 26, 2021. (ANDREA SARCOS / AFP) SURFSIDE, Fla - The death toll rose to five on Saturday at the site of the Florida building collapse where rescue workers...

159 unaccounted for in Miami condo collapse, 4 dead

Search and Rescue personnel pull a body out of the rubble after the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, north of Miami Beach, on June 24, 2021. (CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) SURFSIDE, Fla - Rescue workers scouring the debris of a collapsed condo building in a Miami...

Covid probe takes in pet shop, industrial building

Health officials are still investigating how a teenage girl managed to contract a mutated strain of Covid-19 earlier this month. The 17-year-old’s infection snapped the city’s 42-day long stretch without a local unknown source case, but the source of her infection remains a mystery. Medical experts said on Monday that...

District councillors a headache for the govt: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that the government will take appropriate action to monitor the behaviour of the current crop of district councillors, saying they have been a major headache for the government because of their “unprecedented actions”. Meeting reporters ahead of her weekly Executive Council meeting on...

Shenzhen unlikely to be source of variant: officials

Health officials said on Sunday that genetic sequencing shows that Shenzhen is unlikely to be the source of a Covid-19 variant that first infected a 17-year old Hong Kong girl, and then her mother, who shows no symptoms and hasn't been vaccinated. The Centre for Health Protection said the mother,...

‘Outreach teams may be sent to schools to give shots’

The government said it’s considering sending teams to schools to administer Covid-19 jabs, after authorities lowered the age limit for the BioNTech vaccine to 12 years old. Speaking on a television interview, education secretary Kevin Yeung said officials are considering different plans to make it convenient for teachers and students...