Explainer: Why monkeypox cases are spreading in Europe, US

This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions (left) and spherical immature virions (right) obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. (CYNTHIA S. GOLDSMITH, RUSSELL REGNER / CDC VIA AP) LONDON...

Hong Kong reports 430 new coronavirus cases

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) on Wednesday reported 430 new coronavirus cases – 83 more than the previous day. Among the new cases, 222 were confirmed by PCR tests and the rest were reported by people who took self-tests. Officials said there were 15 imported infections and eight newly...

Hong Kong logs 628 new Covid cases

The Centre for Health Protection on Thursday reported 628 new Covid infections – down 40 cases from the previous day. Officials said 317 of the new infections were confirmed in laboratories and the rest were reported by people who took rapid tests. The officials also said that of the 250...

Number of new Covid cases falls again

Hong Kong reported 794 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, as the territory's daily infection figure stayed below 1,000 for a second consecutive day. Among the new cases were 12 travellers who flew in from places including Amsterdam, Vancouver and Singapore. Almost 450 of the new cases were confirmed through PCR...

Covid cases in HK dip below 1,500

New Covid infections in Hong Kong have dropped below 1,500, with cases from both PCR and rapid tests falling into triple figures. The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) on Monday reported 1,407 locally transmitted cases, down from 1,921 the day before. Of the latest cases, 698 were confirmed via PCR...

Self-tests help find more asymptomatic cases: CHP

Health authorities said on Saturday that an increase in new coronavirus cases detected through self-tests showed that people had heeded the government's calls to test themselves, but gave reassurances that daily infections are still trending downwards. It came as the territory reported a slight jump in new Covid infections to...

New Covid cases drop slightly to 2,492

Hong Kong on Friday reported a slight drop in the number of new coronavirus cases to 2,492, but authorities said the figure could rebound as a voluntary three-day self-test exercise begins. Officials said 1,227 of the new cases were confirmed via PCR tests in laboratories, while 1,265 were reported by...

New Covid cases drop slightly to 2,644

Health authorities on Thursday reported a slight drop in the number of new coronavirus cases to 2,644. Officials said 1,368 were confirmed via PCR tests in laboratories, while 1,276 were reported by people who took rapid self-tests. As the city’s Omicron outbreak eases, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said...

New coronavirus cases drop to 2,777

Health officials said on Wednesday that Hong Kong's daily Covid tally might remain at a high level for some time, as they reported 2,777 new infections. This was 477 fewer than the day before. Of the new cases, 1,489 were confirmed via PCR tests in laboratories, while 1,288 were reported...

Local Covid cases continue to fall, but imports rise

The number of new Covid-19 cases continued to fall on Saturday, with the 4,475 reported infections down by almost a quarter on the previous day. Among the latest cases, 2,286 were confirmed by PCR tests, while 2,189 had been reported by people who took rapid tests. Eighteen of the new...

Daily Covid toll in HK drops below 6,000

The number of new Covid cases in Hong Kong fell to 5,823 on Friday, some 800 cases less than the previous day . Among the new infections, 2,743 were confirmed by PCR tests while 3,080 were reported by people who took rapid tests. Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health...

Number of young drug abusers surges

Drug abuse among young people in Hong Kong increased by 44 percent in 2021, according to figures from the government’s Central Registry of Drug Abuse. The registry says that the total number of reported drug abusers increased by 4 percent from the year before, to 6,019. That increase was mainly...

Hong Kong records 13,074 new Covid cases

Hong Kong on Thursday reported 13,074 new coronavirus infections. Among them, 5,732 were confirmed by PCR tests in laboratories, while 7,342 people reported their positive rapid test results via an online platform. Albert Au of the Centre for Health Protection said the number of daily infections had stayed at a...

New Covid cases drop further to 12,240

The number of new coronavirus cases reported in Hong Kong dropped further on Wednesday, to 12,240. Among them, 4,250 were confirmed by PCR tests in laboratories, while 7,990 people reported their positive rapid test results via an online platform. The Controller of the Centre for Health Protection (CHP), Edwin Tsui,...

Hong Kong logs 14,152 new Covid cases

Health authorities on Tuesday reported 14,152 new local Covid cases. Among them, 4,296 were confirmed by PCR tests in laboratories, while 9,856 people reported their positive rapid test results via an online platform. The Centre for Health Protection also reported another 245 deaths – eight of whom were not admitted...

Almost 1mn infected with Covid in latest outbreak

Almost one million people in Hong Kong have been infected with Covid-19 in the latest Omicron outbreak, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said on Wednesday, as it reported 29,272 new cases. 14,454 of the new infections were confirmed by PCR tests in laboratories, while 14,818 were reported by people...

Over 150 more Covid deaths, but reported cases fall

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reported on Sunday that 153 people with Covid-19 had died in the past 24 hours - similar to the death toll reported on Saturday. However, the number of infections dropped significantly. The CHP reported 31,008 new Covid cases on Sunday - down from 37,529...