Hong Kong logs 237 new Covid cases

Health authorities on Sunday reported 237 new Covid-19 cases, as they continued to look into whether the BA.2.12.1 subvariant of Omicron has seeped further into the community. Officials said their tracing work showed that three people from the same family, who tested positive for Covid last week, had visited the...

South Horizons residential block locked down

A building in Ap Lei Chau was locked down overnight on Saturday after a mutant coronavirus strain was detected. Health officials said they aim to finish the lockdown of Mei Ka Court in South Horizons by about noon on Sunday. Earlier, officials said they found no new Covid infections following...

No cases found in Ap Lei Chau lockdown

Health officials said on Sunday that no coronavirus cases were found during an overnight lockdown in Ap Lei Chau. They said 922 people were tested at Mei Ka Court in South Horizons during the exercise. Health officials visited 312 households within the "restricted area", but the 58 households did not...

Police investigate fatal accident in Sheung Shui

Police said they're investigating a fatal traffic accident in Sheung Shui on Friday night in which a 57-year-old woman died. They said that at about 8.40pm, a private car driven by a 26-year-old man was travelling along Sha Tau Kok Road - Lung Yeuk Tau towards Sha Tau Kok. They...

BA.2.12.1 Omicron found in community: CHP

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) on Friday said they have found Hong Kong's first cases of BA.2.12.1 subvariant of Omicron in the community, though experts dismissed concerns of another major outbreak in the territory. Health officials said the new cases involved a couple who flew in from the United...

Alleged pet smuggler arrested at sea

Marine police and customs officers on Thursday said they had intercepted a boat in Hong Kong waters and arrested a man who allegedly attempted to smuggle over 100 cats and dogs into the territory. Officers said they spotted the speedboat near Sha Chau on Wednesday evening and stopped it after...

Govt urged to lower threshold for jobless relief

The Federation of Trade Unions (FTU) on Thursday urged the government to relax the criteria for an unemployment subsidy set up for workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Among other requirements, applicants must have been out of job for 30 straight days. But the federation said those who work odd...

Restaurants flag up HK’s new taste for takeaways

A catering industry group on Thursday said a survey it backed suggests many people are reluctant to start eating out again, even as pandemic social distancing rules are eased. The Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants & Related Trades said a survey of about 1,100 people showed that one-in-five intend to...

Private kitchen cluster looking suspicious: officials

Health officials on Tuesday said they are looking into whether some people linked to a Covid cluster have deliberately misled them, saying the patients' accounts of why they had a visited a private kitchen in Kwun Tong didn't make sense. Twenty infected people have now been linked to the private...

Covid takes toll on carers’ mental health: survey

A survey has found that half people who have had to tend to elderly family members amid this wave of Covid-19 infections have shown signs of moderate to severe depression. The poll, commissioned by the Hong Kong Christian Service, interviewed 287 family caregivers – with 20 percent of them aged...

‘Mask-free concession won’t apply for most gyms’

Less than one in five local gyms will have enough resources to install required ventilation equipment to allow patrons to exercise mask-free when they reopen on Thursday, a fitness analyst said on Wednesday. Gyms are among the venues being allowed to reopen on Thursday after being ordered shut for the...

HK reports 259 new Covid cases, new cluster emerges

Health authorities on Sunday said they recorded 259 new Covid infections, as officials reported a new cluster had emerged. Officials said nine people who visited a private kitchen in Shing Yip industrial building in Kwun Tong on May 9 have come down with the disease. The Centre for Health Protection's...

Twelve percent of workers sexually harassed: EOC

The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) said on Thursday that a survey it conducted suggests one in eight people have been sexually harassed at work in the past two years. In what it called the first sizeable poll of its kind, the equality watchdog said it interviewed more than 5,000 adults...

Fossils dating back millions of years found in HK

Researchers from the University of Hong Kong say they have made a significant discovery of fossils dating back millions of years to the Devonian, Permian and Jurassic periods. They say the finds in Plover Cove, Sai Kung and Centre Island involve ammonite, trace and ostracod fossils and two of them...