CE calls for caution ahead of eased Covid rules

Chief Executive Carrie Lam says Hong Kong will relax more social distancing measures as planned on Thursday, but warns that caution is required because the Covid situation has now "reached a stalemate". Speaking ahead of her weekly Executive Council meeting on Tuesday, Lam said the territory has long passed the...

‘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...

Covid outbreak found at Sheung Wan restaurant

Health authorities on Friday reported a coronavirus cluster involving a restaurant in Sheung Wan in which at least 30 people have come down with the virus. Officials said those infected include 29 customers who dined at Sky Cuisine between 6pm and 11pm on May 7, and one member of staff....

At least 14 dead in east Congo refugee camp attack

People attempt to cross the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ugandan border with their belongings to seek refuge after clashes between the Congolese army and the M23, in Bunagana, 100 kilometers from the city of Goma in eastern DRC on April 2, 2022. (GUERCHOM NDEBO / AFP) BENI, Democratic Republic...

John Lee to launch platform, meet groups

Hong Kong people will get their first detailed look at John Lee's policy platform on Friday morning as the sole contender in next month's election for Chief Executive publishes his manifesto. Lee's campaign team says it will publish details of the manifesto on his online platforms at 11am, the same...

Two arrested over alleged calls to attack officials

Police on Thursday said they had arrested two men on suspicion of posting online messages inciting people to assault top government officials. The force didn't reveal which officials the pair are accused of targeting, citing an ongoing investigation. Officers said the two suspects, a 32-year-old funeral director and a 61-year-old...

Renewable power scheme ‘still attractive’ despite cut

Environment Secretary Wong Kam-sing said on Wednesday that the government's feed-in tariff scheme is still attractive, even though people will now be paid less for selling solar or wind power they generate back to the grid. Previously, households and businesses could earn up to HK$5 per unit of electricity sold,...

‘Travel sector to benefit if quarantine scrapped’

The Travel Industry Council has welcomed the government's easing of the flight suspension mechanism, but said people will still refrain from travelling in or out of Hong Kong, as long as hotel quarantine is required when they reach the SAR. From May 1, airlines will be barred from flying here...

41 people arrested for alleged cannabis trafficking

Police have arrested 41 people, including secondary school and university students, for allegedly trafficking or possessing cannabis. The haul is worth more than HK$1.96 million. The suspects, aged 18 to 54, also include professionals like accountants and engineers. So far, five have been charged. Chief inspector Ip Sau-lan from the...

Blunder left hundreds without Covid test results

Prenetics, a company providing Covid tests in Hong Kong, on Wednesday apologised for failing to send results to almost 500 people, including 25 who tested positive. The firm said the incident involved people who returned deep throat saliva samples to outpatient clinics between February 21 and March 1. It said...

Booking begins for home vaccination scheme

Elderly and disabled people who are unvaccinated can book home inoculation services from Tuesday, and they could get a Covid-19 jab as early as next week. Those who are aged 70 or above, or homebound, can register through a government website or the hotline 5688-5234. Civil service minister Patrick Nip,...

Four arrested for helping people cash in vouchers

The police said on Friday they had arrested four individuals on suspicion of helping people to cash in their consumption vouchers. The four arrested are two men and two women, aged between 26 and 31. Three are shop owners and the fourth a friend of one of the owners. They...