US COVID public health emergency to stay in place

People make their way through Times Square, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Manhattan, New York City, US, May 7, 2021. (EDUARDO MUNOZ / REUTERS) WASHINGTON / BERLIN / MOSCOW - The United States will keep in place the public health emergency status of the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing millions of Americans...

WHO: COVID-19 pandemic ‘nowhere near over’

This picture taken on April 15, 2020 shows a sign of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the entrance of their headquarters in Geneva amid the COVID-19 outbreak. (PHOTO / AFP) GENEVA - The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is "nowhere near over" as the number of new cases worldwide has risen...

‘Hundreds of public flats empty and going to waste’

A concern group on Sunday complained that almost 900 public flats across the city are sitting empty when they could be used to house people with no place of their own. The group, an alliance focused on transitional homes policies, said it came up with the figure after combing through...

Health chief joins nation’s delegation for WHO talks

Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan on Sunday joined the World Health Organisation's annual World Health Assembly, saying she hopes to learn more about global public health issues including the fight against Covid-19. Chan is participating in the event via video conference as a member of the Chinese delegation....

Average wait for public housing rises to 6.1 years

The Housing Department said on Thursday the average waiting time for a public housing flat reached 6.1 years at the end of March – the longest since 1999. That's up from 6 years in the previous quarter. And the average wait for elderly people living alone is 4.1 years, up...