South Horizons residential block locked down

A building in Ap Lei Chau was locked down overnight on Saturday after a mutant coronavirus strain was detected. Health officials said they aim to finish the lockdown of Mei Ka Court in South Horizons by about noon on Sunday. Earlier, officials said they found no new Covid infections following...

No cases found in Ap Lei Chau lockdown

Health officials said on Sunday that no coronavirus cases were found during an overnight lockdown in Ap Lei Chau. They said 922 people were tested at Mei Ka Court in South Horizons during the exercise. Health officials visited 312 households within the "restricted area", but the 58 households did not...

BA.2.12.1 Omicron found in community: CHP

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) on Friday said they have found Hong Kong's first cases of BA.2.12.1 subvariant of Omicron in the community, though experts dismissed concerns of another major outbreak in the territory. Health officials said the new cases involved a couple who flew in from the United...

HK reports 259 new Covid cases, new cluster emerges

Health authorities on Sunday said they recorded 259 new Covid infections, as officials reported a new cluster had emerged. Officials said nine people who visited a private kitchen in Shing Yip industrial building in Kwun Tong on May 9 have come down with the disease. The Centre for Health Protection's...

LeaveHomeSafe glitch caused by lack of testing: govt

The government's top IT official said on Thursday that there was a technical glitch with the updated version of the LeaveHomeSafe app in part because officials didn’t conduct beta testing before making it available. For some Android or Huawei phone users, their vaccination and recovery records as well as exemption...

CE accepts proposed pay rises for political officials

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has accepted recommendations from an independent commission to increase the salaries of politically appointed officials by around 2.6 percent from July 1. The government introduced a pay freeze for principal officials, including secretaries, undersecretaries and political assistants, in 2020 and 2021 as it sought to deal...

Hong Kong logs 668 new Covid cases

Health officials said on Wednesday that Hong Kong’s Covid situation has entered “a stable level” in recent days as they reported 668 new cases for the day. Among the new infections, 13 were imported. "So far, we do not see an obvious trend of upsurge, but we will closely monitor...

Article 23 proposal delayed by pandemic: Chris Tang

Security Secretary Chris Tang on Thursday said the current coronavirus outbreak has delayed plans to introduce national security legislation under Article 23 of the Basic Law. Many civil servants have spent the past few months working from home and Tang told legislators during a virtual meeting that the government's Article...

‘Govt should tighten vaccine pass as curbs ease’

University of Hong Kong microbiologist Ho Pak-leung has urged the government to tighten vaccine mandates when it eases social distancing measures from April 21. On an RTHK show on Thursday, Ho said the Covid epidemic in Hong Kong is easing and cases will continue to drop. But he said infections...

‘Ease Covid rules when 90 percent of HK fully jabbed’

Government expert adviser Ivan Hung on Saturday said that Hong Kong could gradually relax social distancing measures when the epidemic further eases and when over 90 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. Speaking on a radio programme, the University of Hong Kong professor said he believes Hong Kong has...

Officials act to step up coffin supplies

The government on Wednesday said it had moved to address a shortage of coffins. This come as local suppliers say they have had difficulties in getting coffins delivered, due to the Covid situation both here and on the mainland. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Food and Environmental Hygiene...

‘Public transport running fine despite service cuts’

Transport Secretary Frank Chan has brushed off concerns of large-scale suspensions of public transport, after various operators cut services amid the Covid outbreak. Recently, the MTR Corporation has reduced its services and many bus routes have been suspended, due to a shortage of staff and a sharp drop in passenger...

No need to panic and stockpile: govt

The government has urged people not to be misled by rumours and “engage in irrational behaviour”, saying officials are still trying to iron out the details of the upcoming territory-wide Covid-19 testing programme, which may involve a lockdown. Many supermarket shelves have been stripped of food and daily essentials over...

Sha Tin lockdown extended as 94 cases found

Health officials on Sunday extended a lockdown at one public housing block in Sha Tin for a second night while allowing people to leave another building. Authorities said they would carry out a further round of testing on residents of Pok Tat House on the Pok Hong Estate after 94...