Elizabeth Cheung

Hong Kong

Elizabeth Cheung

Reporter, Hong Kong

Elizabeth Cheung has been a health reporter for the Post's Hong Kong desk since 2014. She covers general medical news, breakthrough medical treatments and research, government policy and hospital blunders. Elizabeth has a master's in development studies.

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Coronavirus: Sinovac jabs available for Hong Kong children as young as 5 from next week; 5 new Covid-19 cases logged

Same extension for German-made BioNTech jabs to be offered after Lunar New Year.

Same extension for German-made BioNTech jabs to be offered after Lunar New Year.

15 Jan 2022 - 10:47PM
Coronavirus: private clinic in Hong Kong injects 36 people with expired Covid-19 vaccine

Two of the 36 reported gastrointestinal discomfort after receiving the BioNTech vaccine at a clinic in Tin Shui Wai.

Two of the 36 reported gastrointestinal discomfort after receiving the BioNTech vaccine at a clinic in Tin Shui Wai.

13 Jan 2022 - 9:09AM
Omicron: Hong Kong faces new Covid-19 cluster linked to hotpot restaurant as more infections tied to bank outbreak surface

Health officials voice concern about possible transmission at a Nabe Urawa restaurant in Causeway Bay.

Health officials voice concern about possible transmission at a Nabe Urawa restaurant in Causeway Bay.

13 Jan 2022 - 10:02AM
Omicron: mass Covid-19 testing not viable for Hong Kong, medical experts say, amid growing calls to deploy strategy against fifth wave

Pro-establishment lawmakers at centre of appeals urging authorities to run universal community screening to uncover hidden chains of transmission.

Pro-establishment lawmakers at centre of appeals urging authorities to run universal community screening to uncover hidden chains of transmission.

10 Jan 2022 - 9:05PM
Enough carrots, time for the stick: Hong Kong experts argue for tougher approach to boosting Covid-19 vaccination rate

Measures making life more difficult for the unvaccinated appear to be the only way to drive vaccine uptake among holdouts, experts now say.

Measures making life more difficult for the unvaccinated appear to be the only way to drive vaccine uptake among holdouts, experts now say.

1 Jan 2022 - 8:15PM
Omicron variant: 2 suspected local cases in Hong Kong linked to Cathay Pacific cabin crew who flouted Covid-19 quarantine rules

Two cases were linked to a Cathay Pacific aircrew member who was earlier confirmed to be carrying the highly transmissible variant.

Two cases were linked to a Cathay Pacific aircrew member who was earlier confirmed to be carrying the highly transmissible variant.

31 Dec 2021 - 12:26AM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong confirms 14 new imported cases; Cathay Pacific gets 2-week ban for Toronto and Los Angeles routes after infections among passengers

But government pandemic adviser suggests three-day hotel requirement does not go far enough as city attempts to keep new Omicron variant out.

But government pandemic adviser suggests three-day hotel requirement does not go far enough as city attempts to keep new Omicron variant out.

29 Dec 2021 - 10:49PM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong to mandate hotel quarantine for cargo aircrew, as top health official warns ‘spark could ignite fifth wave’

The tightening of rules for the previously exempt personnel came after two crew members were found to have flouted home isolation rules before testing positive.

The tightening of rules for the previously exempt personnel came after two crew members were found to have flouted home isolation rules before testing positive.

29 Dec 2021 - 12:12AM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong reports 14 new imported Omicron cases, including daily high of 10 over weekend, plans for potential surge as city ‘hopes for the best, prepares for the worst’

Extra 500 beds can be made quickly available at AsiaWorld-Expo facility if necessary, Hospital Authority chairman says, as officials keep wary eye on variant’s global spread.

Extra 500 beds can be made quickly available at AsiaWorld-Expo facility if necessary, Hospital Authority chairman says, as officials keep wary eye on variant’s global spread.

28 Dec 2021 - 12:35AM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong advisory panel recommends booster jab for those fully inoculated with BioNTech vaccine

Booster shots have to date been available only to those in high-risk groups or who had chosen the Chinese-produced Sinovac version; second jab also now recommended for those aged 12 to 17.

Booster shots have to date been available only to those in high-risk groups or who had chosen the Chinese-produced Sinovac version; second jab also now recommended for those aged 12 to 17.

23 Dec 2021 - 11:35PM
‘Quiet anger’ as Hong Kong civil servant union pushes back on ‘vaccine bubble’, stricter Covid-19 testing regime for unvaccinated workers

While 96 per cent of city employees have been jabbed, union argues that stepping up screenings to every three days for those who have not could leave gaps in services.

While 96 per cent of city employees have been jabbed, union argues that stepping up screenings to every three days for those who have not could leave gaps in services.

23 Dec 2021 - 4:32PM
Omicron: Britain, US top exporters of coronavirus variant to Hong Kong so far, with cases expected to surge over Christmas holidays

Britain accounts for eight of 27 confirmed cases, or 29.6 per cent, with the United States close behind on five.

Britain accounts for eight of 27 confirmed cases, or 29.6 per cent, with the United States close behind on five.

21 Dec 2021 - 11:04PM
Coronavirus Hong Kong: Britain added to highest-risk category over Omicron fears, but duration of Penny’s Bay quarantine slashed

As of Tuesday, Britain will join the US and 12 African nations subject to extra-stringent entry requirements.

As of Tuesday, Britain will join the US and 12 African nations subject to extra-stringent entry requirements.

21 Dec 2021 - 12:49AM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong reports two more Omicron variant cases as medical experts call for end to cargo aircrew self-isolation ‘loophole’

Omicron cases are causing concern in Hong Kong as it pushes towards a long-awaited reopening of its border with mainland China.

Omicron cases are causing concern in Hong Kong as it pushes towards a long-awaited reopening of its border with mainland China.

18 Dec 2021 - 1:25PM
Coronavirus: 3,000 cross-border travellers a day ‘doable’ when Hong Kong-mainland China border reopens; city awaiting results on possible first Omicron case in community

However, the positive development on the long-awaited reopening came as the city uncovered what may prove to be its first case of the highly transmissible Omicron variant in the local community.

However, the positive development on the long-awaited reopening came as the city uncovered what may prove to be its first case of the highly transmissible Omicron variant in the local community.

16 Dec 2021 - 11:08PM
Omicron variant: how long can Hong Kong maintain tough quarantine rules amid global wave? Experts warn current approach unsustainable

Limited capacity means rules requiring arrivals from Omicron-hit countries to quarantine in a government camp cannot hold forever, health experts warn.

Limited capacity means rules requiring arrivals from Omicron-hit countries to quarantine in a government camp cannot hold forever, health experts warn.

16 Dec 2021 - 9:08AM
Potential Guangdong Covid-19 outbreak could put Hong Kong’s long-sought border reopening with mainland China in jeopardy

Guangdong reports two Covid-19 infections involving man and woman who had visited several venues and taken an internal flight; province also detects its first Omicron case.

Guangdong reports two Covid-19 infections involving man and woman who had visited several venues and taken an internal flight; province also detects its first Omicron case.

16 Dec 2021 - 5:54PM
Omicron variant: Britain set to be added to Hong Kong’s list of highest-risk countries

A source says Britain will be moved to enhanced-measures category where arrivals must spend one week in Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre, and then 14 days in hotel.

A source says Britain will be moved to enhanced-measures category where arrivals must spend one week in Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre, and then 14 days in hotel.

14 Dec 2021 - 11:46AM
‘IP is everything’: Hong Kong must strengthen intellectual property protections if hopes to become innovation hub, leading scientist says

Professor Dennis Lo says plans to boost R&D in Hong Kong are ‘encouraging’, but new research infrastructure will not be enough without also enhancing the city’s ability to protect intellectual property.

Professor Dennis Lo says plans to boost R&D in Hong Kong are ‘encouraging’, but new research infrastructure will not be enough without also enhancing the city’s ability to protect intellectual property.

11 Dec 2021 - 6:50PM
Omicron variant: Hong Kong tightens measures for US arrivals, requires first week of 21-day quarantine to be at Penny’s Bay government facility

Officials confirm city residents returning from the US will have to quarantine for the first seven days at Penny’s Bay before completing the remaining two weeks at designated hotel.

Officials confirm city residents returning from the US will have to quarantine for the first seven days at Penny’s Bay before completing the remaining two weeks at designated hotel.

11 Dec 2021 - 4:39PM
Coronavirus Hong Kong: BioNTech vaccine jabs should be on thigh to reduce heart inflammation risks, experts say

Advice to change injection site for German-made vaccine issued to minimise chances of heart inflammation.

Advice to change injection site for German-made vaccine issued to minimise chances of heart inflammation.

9 Dec 2021 - 9:30PM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong will consider vaccine passports if necessary, but city has ‘not hit that stage yet’, Carrie Lam says

Banning the unvaccinated from numerous venues will remain an option if administration needs additional leverage to boost flagging inoculation rates; city confirms five new imported Covid-19 cases on Tuesday.

Banning the unvaccinated from numerous venues will remain an option if administration needs additional leverage to boost flagging inoculation rates; city confirms five new imported Covid-19 cases on Tuesday.

7 Dec 2021 - 9:00PM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong restaurants fear revenues could fall 20 per cent under vaccine passport scheme

Catering sector lawmaker warns of ‘earthquake-like’ impact on business revenue from tougher vaccination requirements for eateries and bars.

Catering sector lawmaker warns of ‘earthquake-like’ impact on business revenue from tougher vaccination requirements for eateries and bars.

7 Dec 2021 - 3:58PM
Omicron variant: Hong Kong set to require two-thirds of diners in all restaurants to have had coronavirus jab

A source says the government plans to tighten restrictions on diners by requiring them to be vaccinated with at least one dose of a vaccine.

A source says the government plans to tighten restrictions on diners by requiring them to be vaccinated with at least one dose of a vaccine.

6 Dec 2021 - 11:31PM
Hong Kong’s ‘zero-Covid’ strategy will not work in long term, city needs to switch to living with virus, says top epidemiologist

Returning to the US this month, Professor Keiji Fukuda says banning travellers from entering the city is no long-term strategy to fight virus, new variants.

Returning to the US this month, Professor Keiji Fukuda says banning travellers from entering the city is no long-term strategy to fight virus, new variants.

5 Dec 2021 - 4:25PM
Omicron variant may be more contagious than Delta, warns Hong Kong expert after ‘surprisingly distant’ coronavirus hotel transmission

Two guests quarantining in hotel ‘never opened their doors at same time, never met each other, never shared any items, and still got infected’, Professor Yuen Kwok-yung says.

Two guests quarantining in hotel ‘never opened their doors at same time, never met each other, never shared any items, and still got infected’, Professor Yuen Kwok-yung says.

2 Dec 2021 - 10:32AM
Omicron variant: Hong Kong to ban non-residents from three more countries to shut out Covid-19 cases

Japan, Portugal and Sweden will be added to Hong Kong’s list of Group A high-risk places for Covid-19, effective Friday, after Omicron cases were recorded in the three countries.

Japan, Portugal and Sweden will be added to Hong Kong’s list of Group A high-risk places for Covid-19, effective Friday, after Omicron cases were recorded in the three countries.

1 Dec 2021 - 8:30AM
Omicron variant: Hong Kong tightens entry rules for residents arriving from countries with reported cases as city confirms third infection

Health officials say all countries with reported infections of the new variant will be moved to highest-risk tier for entry.

Health officials say all countries with reported infections of the new variant will be moved to highest-risk tier for entry.

30 Nov 2021 - 8:35PM
Covid-19: ‘selfish mask’ guest in quarantine hotel cross infection is Hong Kong’s first case of new coronavirus variant

The patient, who arrived in the city from South Africa, was previously accused by authorities of increasing the chances of cross infection in quarantine by wearing a ‘selfish’ valve-style face mask.

The patient, who arrived in the city from South Africa, was previously accused by authorities of increasing the chances of cross infection in quarantine by wearing a ‘selfish’ valve-style face mask.

8 Dec 2021 - 6:30PM
Hong Kong has met ‘basic requirements’ for reopening border with mainland China but more remains to be done

Daily quota for travellers and suspension mechanism in event of Covid-19 outbreak still under discussion, Chief Secretary John Lee says.

Daily quota for travellers and suspension mechanism in event of Covid-19 outbreak still under discussion, Chief Secretary John Lee says.

25 Nov 2021 - 11:58PM