‘Unjabbed, infected people have low antibody levels’

Researchers from the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University said on Monday their study of vaccine responses showed that people vaccinated against Covid-19 developed a “more robust” antibody response against variants of the virus after catching Omicron than those who are unvaccinated. After comparing the antibody responses in...

Hong Kong reports first Omicron BA.5 case

Health authorities on Thursday reported an imported Covid case that carries a new Omicron variant that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had recently added to its list of monitoring. The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said the Omicron BA.5 variant was found on a 24-year-old man who had arrived in...

‘Omicron seven times deadlier than flu in children’

University of Hong Kong researchers say a new study indicates that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has resulted in seven times more child fatalities than flu. They announced the finding after studying the cases of 1,147 young Covid patients who were admitted to hospitals in February, including four who...

Early Omicron find in US raises doubts

Strain detected in New York wastewater days before South Africa announcement People wait in a long line to get tested for COVID-19 in Times Square, New York, Dec 20, 2021. (SETH WENIG, FILE / AP) The Omicron variant of the coronavirus was detected in New York City's wastewater days before...

Tighten up anti-Covid measures now, experts urge

Prominent medical experts have called on the government to immediately tighten social distancing measures to curb the spread of the Omicron variant, warning that a fifth wave of Covid-19 outbreaks could be imminent. Officials had on Tuesday reported the SAR’s first untraceable Covid-19 case in almost three months, and say...

Causeway Bay and Tuen Mun lockdowns on Omicron fears

Health authorities on Tuesday locked down two buildings in Causeway Bay for compulsory Covid testing on concerns about the Omicron variant. The move followed a lockdown earlier in the day in Tuen Mun, after Hong Kong's first untraceable local case in more than two months. Causeway Tower at 16-22 Causeway...

HK probably has an Omicron outbreak: experts

Medical experts say Hong Kong has likely been hit by an Omicron outbreak, with one warning the territory must now brace itself for a "super-spreading" event. A construction worker has tested preliminary positive for coronavirus, days after he ate at a restaurant in Kowloon Tong's Festival Walk around the same...

Britain approves Pfizer’s antiviral COVID-19 pill

People wear face masks as they walk, in Regent Street, in London on Nov 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali) PARIS / ROME / CAPE TOWN / DUBLIN / LONDON / ATHENS / LISBON / SANTIAGO / HARARE - Britain has approved Pfizer's COVID-19 pill for patients over the age of 18 years who have mild to moderate infection and...

HK records 12 new imported Covid cases

Health officials on Thursday announced that Hong Kong had 12 new Covid-19 patients, including three aircrew members and three foreign domestic helpers. All 12 cases were imported, with the other patients recently flying in from Pakistan, Brazil, Turkey, Thailand, the United States and the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, tests confirmed that...