‘Extra staff won’t shorten post office queues’

The head of a postal union said on Friday he doesn't believe deploying extra staff at post offices would be useful in tackling long queues of people registering their non-local Covid jab records, because counters are already in full operation. Cheuk Shun, who chairs the Union of Hong Kong Post...

Police investigating Yau Ma Tei bank robbery

Police are in search of a man who robbed a bank in Yau Ma Tei of HK$14,000 in cash on Thursday afternoon. Officers said the suspect, believed to be around 40 to 50 years old, entered the bank on Nathan Road after 3:30pm. He brandished what looked like a gun...

Personal data of 15,000 electors leaked

The Registration and Electoral Office (REO) said on Friday that the personal information of 15,000 electors has been leaked as one of its staff members mistakenly sent the files to an unknown email address. The office said the staff member had intended to send the files to her personal email...

‘MTR facing enormous challenge to keep things going’

MTR bosses warned on Tuesday that scores of Covid infections among staff were leading to fewer trains running and the sporadic closure of some customer service centres, with the corporation facing an "enormous challenge" to keep things going. The company said 270 staff members and contractors who provide train and...

We need more help from the mainland: HA chief

The chairman of the Hospital Authority, Henry Fan, said on Friday that he hopes the central government will send at least 1,000 medical staff to the city to help fight the Covid-19 outbreak. He made the call in an interview with the Global Times, after the government gazetted emergency laws...

More govt services disrupted by Covid outbreak

Hongkong Post said on Thursday that five of its post offices were closed from Thursday because some of their counter staff tested preliminary positive of Covid-19. It said the Happy Valley Post Office, Granville Road Post Office, Mei Lam Post Office, Ma On Shan Post Office and Sha Kok Post...

‘Covid patients may have to self-isolate at home’

The head of the Hospital Authority, Tony Ko, said on Sunday that patients may eventually have to self-isolate at home if quarantine facilities become overwhelmed, but added medical staff will check on them over the phone. Authorities had announced that the Penny’s Bay quarantine centre will be ready to house...

More gov’t employees to work from home

The government is expanding its special work arrangements from Friday, citing the need to take extra steps to try to stop the fifth wave of coronavirus infections from spreading in a "tsunami-like manner". In a statement issued on Thursday, it urged government staff to work from home "as much as...

Govt knew staff were using cargo flights: Cathay

Cathay Pacific has defended its recent practice of allowing crew who served on outbound passenger flights to return to Hong Kong on cargo flights, saying the arrangement was in line with government regulations and officials were aware of it. Until recently, certain cargo flight staff were exempt from having to...

Eight more foster home staff held over alleged abuse

Police said on Saturday that they had arrested eight more staff members of a foster home in Prince Edward over allegations of abuse. Officers said the latest arrests came after they reviewed more security camera footage recorded between September and last month at the Children's Residential Home. They said the...

CE summons Cathay bosses over rule-breaching staff

Health Secretary Sophia Chan said on Friday that Chief Executive Carrie Lam had summoned the chairman and CEO of Cathay Pacific to express the government's "strong dissatisfaction" with breaches of the company's isolation rules by staff infected with Covid. Chan said four Cathay crew members had tested positive for the...

3 more foster home staff arrested over alleged abuse

Police have arrested three more staff members of a foster home in Prince Edward at the centre of abuse allegations. Officers said on Wednesday three female employees of the Children's Residential Home were detained on suspicion of ill-treatment or neglect of children. The force added the number of alleged victims...

Foster home investigating abuse allegations

An organisation that runs a foster home for babies and toddlers in Prince Edward says it is looking into allegations that its staff used corporal punishment against children. The police, meanwhile, said three staff members of the Children's Residential Home, run by the Society for the Protection of Children, had...

Unjabbed HA staff to face more frequent testing

The Hospital Authority said on Wednesday that it will tighten a testing requirement for unvaccinated staff from January 4 because of a rise in Covid variant cases worldwide. All unvaccinated staff will have to take a Covid test once every three days, outside of working hours. They will also have...

HA to offer home loan scheme to help retain staff

The Hospital Authority (HA) on Thursday introduced a series of measures in an effort to encourage staff to stay in the public medical sector, including a low interest loan scheme to help them buy a flat. Officials said the turnover rates of doctors and nurses are worsening, hitting 6.2 and...