Three building lockdowns find 122 Covid infections

The government on Thursday found 122 new Covid-19 infections after locking down three buildings in Tin Shui Wai, Kwun Tong and Sha Tin. The authorities tested a total of 3,364 residents at Shing Chuen House in Tin Shing Court, Tsui Heng House at Tsui Ping (South) Estate, and Sun Kit...

Rapid tests may be used to gauge infection status: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Thursday said the government would make use of rapid test kits to be distributed to all Hong Kong residents to gauge the city's latest Covid-19 situation. The test kits will be included in anti-epidemic packs that are set to be handed out to all Hong...

Thousands to return as nine flight bans end

Hong Kong was expecting more than 2,000 residents who've been stranded abroad for months to arrive back in the SAR on Friday as flight bans on nine territories came to an end. People had been banned from flying to Hong Kong from countries including Britain, the United States and Australia...

All eligible care home residents jabbed: Patrick Nip

The minister in charge of Hong Kong's Covid-19 vaccination drive says the authorities have met their target of giving the first dose of the Covid vaccine to all eligible elderly care home residents in Hong Kong. Civil service chief Patrick Nip said they'd set a target for their vaccine outreach...

Various lockdowns pick up over 900 Covid cases

Authorities said on Sunday that hundreds of coronavirus infections have been picked up from the lockdowns of several residential blocks across Hong Kong. Officials said 215 out of 1390 people tested at Oi Yee House of Yau Oi Estate in Tuen Mun came back preliminary positive for Covid-19, while 223...

Lawmaker says closed-loop scheme not the only option

Social-welfare lawmaker, Tik Chi-yuen, says a closed-loop system to prevent Covid infections in nursing homes needs to have 100 percent participation from residents and staff, otherwise it's "meaningless". The government on Wednesday announced a so-called closed-loop system under which carers will sleep in hotels and take designated transport to their...

Residents of several blocks locked down for testing

The authorities on Tuesday locked down a number of blocks Tin Shui Wai, Mei Foo and Kwun Tong for Covid tests on residents, saying they have detected the virus in sewage samples. Residents of blocks one, two and five of Sherwood Court, Kingswood Villas, 80-82 and 84-86 Broadway of Mei...

Infected care home residents also need jabs: expert

A government vaccine adviser, Lau Yu-lung, said on Friday that elderly care home residents should be vaccinated even if they have already been infected with Covid. Lau’s University of Hong Kong colleague, microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung, said on Thursday that medical teams should be sent to care homes to vaccinate elderly...

49 preliminary cases found in Ma On Shan lockdown

The government on Tuesday detected 49 preliminary positive Covid-19 cases after locking down a building in Ma On Shan for testing. Around 1,200 residents of Chung Wo House in Chung On Estate were tested. Four test results were indeterminate. Residents were allowed to leave their homes after 10:30am on Tuesday....

Residents of three blocks to be evacuated

Health authorities announced on Monday that they have arranged for some residents of three buildings in Kowloon to be evacuated over concerns that the Covid-19 virus had been spreading through means of vertical or horizontal transmission. In a statement, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said residents of units 15...

Unlinked Covid cases hit another new high

Fresh untraceable Covid-19 cases have again hit a new high since the fifth wave of infections struck Hong Kong, with health officials reporting 31 local cases of unknown origin on Thursday. The patients live in districts across the SAR, including North Point, Sheung Shui, Lam Tin and Sham Shui Po....

‘Kwai Chung Estate residents being barred from work’

Some residents of the coronavirus-hit Kwai Chung Estate are being barred from work even after lockdowns on their buildings are lifted, the Federation of Trade Unions (FTU) said on Friday. They say residents are being treated unfairly, and the government should ensure that anyone subjected to a mandatory lockdown can...

Residents fret despite lifting of Omicron lockdown

An unprecedented seven-day lockdown of a residential building at the centre of Hong Kong’s worst Omicron outbreak was lifted on Friday morning, with some residents still fretting over the lingering effects of the protracted quarantine operation. “I can’t go to work. They won’t let me!” complained a construction worker who...

Evacuation, lockdown at Wong Tai Sin block

The government on Thursday evacuated a group of residents of a Wong Tai Sin public housing block and extended its lockdown after the emergence of more than 20 Covid cases there. Officials suspected the source of the outbreak at Cheung Bor House of Choi Wan (I) Estate is a security...

Govt urged to introduce vaccine bubble at care homes

The government has been advised to ban elderly residents of care homes who haven't been vaccinated from receiving visitors, taking part in group activities or watching television in common rooms. Grace Li, an executive committee member of the Elderly Services Association, told an RTHK programme on Thursday that the idea...

Residents of two Kwai Chung blocks quarantined

Health officials on Thursday ordered the evacuation of some residents of two blocks in Kwai Chung over fears Covid is spreading through the buildings. All residents living in 09 flats at Nga Kwai House at Kwai Chung Estate are to be sent to a quarantine camp. The same move has...

Residents under lockdown worry about cross-infections

Concerns were raised on Tuesday over cross-infection risks at a public housing estate in Kwai Chung which has seen over 200 Covid cases, as residents complained about testing arrangements and hygiene conditions. The government has announced that the original five-day lockdown of Yat Kwai House, which is at the centre...

Residents brace for nightly lockdowns

Residents of a Kwai Chung public housing block hit by a major Covid outbreak are bracing themselves for overnight lockdowns and mandatory testing for the next three nights. Yat Kwai House at Kwai Chung Estate will be sealed off on Friday, Saturday and Sunday after 15 residents and a security...

Ban people from leaving Covid-hit block: experts

Medical experts on Friday said residents of a Kwai Chung housing block at the centre of a Covid-19 outbreak should be banned from leaving their homes for three days to prevent the virus from spreading. Professor David Hui of the Chinese University said the government should provide more than 2,000...

Yat Kwai House residents to undergo nightly tests

The government’s pandemic advisor, Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, announced late on Thursday that residents of Yat Kwai House on Kwai Chung Estate would have to undergo mandatory testing every night until and including Sunday, if they wanted to leave the building the following morning. That’s after a major outbreak there, involving...