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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Hong Kong lockdown: expert proposes fresh round of Covid-19 testing in restricted area, warns second confinement zone may be needed around nearby market

Government adviser David Hui also calls on government to consider imposing similar lockdown in neighbouring market area.

24 Jan 2021 - 11:37PM

Government adviser David Hui also calls on government to consider imposing similar lockdown in neighbouring market area.

Hong Kong lockdown: expert proposes fresh round of Covid-19 testing in restricted area, warns second confinement zone may be needed around nearby market
Hong Kong lifts neighbourhood lockdown early after most residents tested for coronavirus; 76 new cases emerge

The mandatory screening in Jordan uncovered 13 cases, which the health minister says falls in line with broader patterns. Government confident the controversial effort was extensive and the right move.

25 Jan 2021 - 9:30AM

The mandatory screening in Jordan uncovered 13 cases, which the health minister says falls in line with broader patterns. Government confident the controversial effort was extensive and the right move.

Hong Kong lifts neighbourhood lockdown early after most residents tested for coronavirus; 76 new cases emerge
Coronavirus: why Covid-19 vaccination campaign is not a quick cure for Hong Kong’s ills

Hong Kong is only ‘halfway through the marathon’ as mass vaccination will not happen until the third or fourth quarter, according to a public health expert.

24 Jan 2021 - 10:59PM

Hong Kong is only ‘halfway through the marathon’ as mass vaccination will not happen until the third or fourth quarter, according to a public health expert.

Coronavirus: why Covid-19 vaccination campaign is not a quick cure for Hong Kong’s ills
Coronavirus hits and misses in roller-coaster year for Hong Kong: horror cruise, rules fatigue and a call the health minister will never forget

First local cases were recorded in January 2020, and since then, city has weathered four waves of infections, each with its own challenges.

24 Jan 2021 - 10:37PM

First local cases were recorded in January 2020, and since then, city has weathered four waves of infections, each with its own challenges.

Coronavirus hits and misses in roller-coaster year for Hong Kong: horror cruise, rules fatigue and a call the health minister will never forget
Explainer | Coronavirus: how close is Hong Kong to rolling out its Covid-19 vaccination scheme?

Factors such as availability, safety and efficacy of other Covid-19 vaccines will also determine how jabs are distributed to residents.

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Factors such as availability, safety and efficacy of other Covid-19 vaccines will also determine how jabs are distributed to residents.

Coronavirus: how close is Hong Kong to rolling out its Covid-19 vaccination scheme?
Coronavirus: Hong Kong set to approve Pfizer-BioNTech jab before end of week as deep-freeze storage facility selected

Health secretary Sophia Chan could approve use of the vaccine this week, according to a source.

21 Jan 2021 - 9:33PM

Health secretary Sophia Chan could approve use of the vaccine this week, according to a source.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong set to approve  Pfizer-BioNTech jab before end of week as deep-freeze storage facility selected
Hong Kong fourth wave: mandatory testing of residents in about 70 more buildings, as 56 new coronavirus cases logged

Health authorities expand screening in hard-hit Yau Tsim Mong district to include even buildings where no cases are found.

20 Jan 2021 - 6:42AM

Health authorities expand screening in hard-hit Yau Tsim Mong district to include even buildings where no cases are found.

Hong Kong fourth wave: mandatory testing of residents in about 70 more buildings, as 56 new coronavirus cases logged
Civil service union formed during Hong Kong protests becomes first to disband in response to oath-taking rule

Union for New Civil Servants chairman Michael Ngan says the move is necessary but has been taken with reluctance.

17 Jan 2021 - 11:24AM

Union for New Civil Servants chairman Michael Ngan says the move is necessary but has been taken with reluctance.

Civil service union formed during Hong Kong protests becomes first to disband in response to oath-taking rule
Hong Kong fourth wave: easing Covid-19 rules could lead to rebound, health officials warn; experts reassess vaccination roll-out

City also faces a possible delay in vaccination drive amid concern over side effects of Pfizer-BioNTech jab, following reports of 23 deaths in Norway.

17 Jan 2021 - 4:41AM

City also faces a possible delay in vaccination drive amid concern over side effects of Pfizer-BioNTech jab, following reports of 23 deaths in Norway.

Hong Kong fourth wave: easing Covid-19 rules could lead to rebound, health officials warn; experts reassess vaccination roll-out
Hong Kong fourth wave: coronavirus infections in old buildings, subdivided flats – is a new approach needed?

A fast-growing outbreak in ageing tenement buildings in Jordan has prompted calls for a more proactive approach.

16 Jan 2021 - 11:22PM

A fast-growing outbreak in ageing tenement buildings in Jordan has prompted calls for a more proactive approach.

Hong Kong fourth wave: coronavirus infections in old buildings, subdivided flats – is a new approach needed?
Researchers discover H5N8 strain of bird flu in Hong Kong for first time

Two samples of bird droppings taken from Mai Po nature reserve tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain.

15 Jan 2021 - 2:06AM

Two samples of bird droppings taken from Mai Po nature reserve tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain.

Researchers discover H5N8 strain of bird flu in Hong Kong for first time
Hong Kong fourth wave: evacuation ordered at fifth housing block as vertical coronavirus transmission feared

Professor Yuen Kwok-yung inspects sewage system design of Yan Shek House at Shek Yam Estate, where six residents have been infected.

15 Jan 2021 - 1:37AM

Professor Yuen Kwok-yung inspects sewage system design of Yan Shek House at Shek Yam Estate, where six residents have been infected.

Hong Kong fourth wave: evacuation ordered at fifth housing block as vertical coronavirus transmission feared
Coronavirus: Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine first to seek roll-out approval in Hong Kong

A government panel is expected to decide as early as Monday whether to recommend the US-German jab.

14 Jan 2021 - 10:22AM

A government panel is expected to decide as early as Monday whether to recommend the US-German jab.

Coronavirus: Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine first to seek roll-out approval in Hong Kong
Hong Kong fourth wave: survey finds under 40 per cent willing to take coronavirus jab – far fewer than needed to protect population

Just 37.2 per cent of residents polled – about half that required – said they would take vaccine, citing fears of side effects, logistical difficulties

12 Jan 2021 - 11:48PM

Just 37.2 per cent of residents polled – about half that required – said they would take vaccine, citing fears of side effects, logistical difficulties

Hong Kong fourth wave: survey finds under 40 per cent willing to take coronavirus jab – far fewer than needed to protect population
Hong Kong florists accuse authorities of turning a blind eye to their plight following cancellation of Lunar New Year fair

Orchid farmers criticise government for calling off mega event, but shoppers in Mong Kok flower market support authorities, saying health is more important amid the pandemic.

11 Jan 2021 - 11:59PM

Orchid farmers criticise government for calling off mega event, but shoppers in Mong Kok flower market support authorities, saying health is more important amid the pandemic.

Hong Kong florists accuse authorities of turning a blind eye to their plight following cancellation of Lunar New Year fair
Hong Kong fourth wave: health experts urge tougher crowd controls to rein in Covid-19 infections as 41 new cases emerge

Government urged to cap the number of people at shopping centres and wet markets and consider requiring people visiting country parks to wear masks.

11 Jan 2021 - 11:28PM

Government urged to cap the number of people at shopping centres and wet markets and consider requiring people visiting country parks to wear masks.

Hong Kong fourth wave: health experts urge tougher crowd controls to rein in Covid-19 infections as 41 new cases emerge
Hong Kong fourth wave: mass Covid-19 vaccination programme to begin around Lunar New Year at four types of locations

City will roll out first stage of vaccinations for target groups – including the elderly, and hospital and home care staff – in mid-February, doctors say.

9 Jan 2021 - 3:30AM

City will roll out first stage of vaccinations for target groups – including the elderly, and hospital and home care staff – in mid-February, doctors say.

Hong Kong fourth wave: mass Covid-19 vaccination programme to begin around Lunar New Year at four types of locations
Coronavirus: Hong Kong contact-tracing command centre to open within days; city logs 33 new Covid-19 cases

Officers will be seconded from police, Immigration Department and customs for the new command centre, which will be located at Kai Tak Community Hall.

8 Jan 2021 - 3:38AM

Officers will be seconded from police, Immigration Department and customs for the new command centre, which will be located at Kai Tak Community Hall.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong contact-tracing command centre to open within days; city logs 33 new Covid-19 cases
Hong Kong fourth wave: household members of coronavirus patients’ close contacts to be tested under new proposal, as another 25 cases recorded

City records 25 new infections on Wednesday, the lowest caseload since November 19.

7 Jan 2021 - 3:51AM

City records 25 new infections on Wednesday, the lowest caseload since November 19.

Hong Kong fourth wave: household members of coronavirus patients’ close contacts to be tested under new proposal, as another 25 cases recorded
Coronavirus: Hong Kong public hospitals to require day-ward patients to undergo testing; 32 new cases confirmed

Measures aimed at preventing the spread of the disease after two facilities were hit with outbreaks. Residents of three more buildings to undergo mandatory screening after caseload threshold met.

6 Jan 2021 - 7:36AM

Measures aimed at preventing the spread of the disease after two facilities were hit with outbreaks. Residents of three more buildings to undergo mandatory screening after caseload threshold met.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong public hospitals to require day-ward patients to undergo testing; 32 new cases confirmed
Hong Kong fourth wave: city to launch ‘new command centre’ to ramp up Covid-19 contact tracing, while Carrie Lam admits past shortcomings

A government insider says the new centre will be staffed by hundreds of officials from the police force, customs, immigration and other departments.

6 Jan 2021 - 1:10AM

A government insider says the new centre will be staffed by hundreds of officials from the police force, customs, immigration and other departments.

Hong Kong fourth wave: city to launch ‘new command centre’ to ramp up Covid-19 contact tracing, while Carrie Lam admits past shortcomings
Coronavirus: Hong Kong may keep tighter social-distancing rules in place another five weeks, while school campuses to remain shut until after Lunar New Year

Measures extended two weeks and chance of relaxing them before the holiday is unlikely, health chief says as she reveals 53 new cases.

5 Jan 2021 - 7:06AM

Measures extended two weeks and chance of relaxing them before the holiday is unlikely, health chief says as she reveals 53 new cases.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong may keep tighter social-distancing rules in place another five weeks, while school campuses to remain shut until after Lunar New Year
Hong Kong fourth wave: government defends flip-flop over online Covid-19 press briefings, says on-site sessions to continue out of public concern

Media groups argued the initial move to go digital, announced on Sunday night, would have allowed officials to duck tough lines of inquiry.

4 Jan 2021 - 11:48PM

Media groups argued the initial move to go digital, announced on Sunday night, would have allowed officials to duck tough lines of inquiry.

Hong Kong fourth wave: government defends flip-flop over online Covid-19 press briefings, says on-site sessions to continue out of public concern
Coronavirus: as Hong Kong prepares to review ban on arrivals from Britain, top medical adviser urges government to keep measure in place for now

The city has avoided the spread of a more virulent strain of the coronavirus sweeping across Britain and the ban should be maintained until end of month, Professor David Hui says.

3 Jan 2021 - 8:57AM

The city has avoided the spread of a more virulent strain of the coronavirus sweeping across Britain and the ban should be maintained until end of month, Professor David Hui says.

Coronavirus: as Hong Kong prepares to review ban on arrivals from Britain, top medical adviser urges government to keep measure in place for now
From ‘explosive outbreak’ to endless social distancing and vaccines: Hong Kong’s top 20 Covid-19 headlines of hope, despair

Since the first coronavirus case was reported in Hong Kong on January 23, the city has fought through the pandemic for 12 months and is now amid its fourth wave of infections.

1 Jan 2021 - 3:48PM

Since the first coronavirus case was reported in Hong Kong on January 23, the city has fought through the pandemic for 12 months and is now amid its fourth wave of infections.

From ‘explosive outbreak’ to endless social distancing and vaccines: Hong Kong’s top 20 Covid-19 headlines of hope, despair
Coronavirus: Hong Kong confirms 42 Covid-19 cases, lowest since fourth wave started, but experts warn of possible holiday spike

Health official says the peak of the fourth wave of coronavirus infections might have passed but a rebound could still occur from mass gatherings.

1 Jan 2021 - 11:13PM

Health official says the peak of the fourth wave of coronavirus infections might have passed but a rebound could still occur from mass gatherings.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong confirms 42 Covid-19 cases, lowest since fourth wave started, but experts warn of possible holiday spike
Hong Kong’s first baby of new year born at stroke of midnight – just in time for coldest January 1 since 2005

Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei delivered the 3.38kg boy, though no media were allowed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

1 Jan 2021 - 11:20PM

Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei delivered the 3.38kg boy, though no media were allowed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Hong Kong’s first baby of new year born at stroke of midnight – just in time for coldest January 1 since 2005
Hong Kong fourth wave: Covid-19 patient identified in housing block where coronavirus traces found in sewage, as city reports 68 new cases

Health officials also reveal that for the first time a mutated strain of the virus seen in South Africa has been found in an arrival.

31 Dec 2020 - 11:38PM

Health officials also reveal that for the first time a mutated strain of the virus seen in South Africa has been found in an arrival.

Hong Kong fourth wave: Covid-19 patient identified in housing block where coronavirus traces found in sewage, as city reports 68 new cases
Explainer | Covid-19 vaccine: how soon will the shots be available in Hong Kong and mainland, and what are the possible side effects?

A timetable for vaccination is yet to be fixed, but delivery of the first batch of 1 million jabs from Sinovac – originally expected in January – could be delayed.

3 Jan 2021 - 2:36PM

A timetable for vaccination is yet to be fixed, but delivery of the first batch of 1 million jabs from Sinovac – originally expected in January – could be delayed.

Covid-19 vaccine: how soon will the shots be available in Hong Kong and mainland, and what are the possible side effects?
Hong Kong fourth wave: mandatory Covid-19 testing ordered at 43 residential buildings under tighter policy as 54 new cases confirmed

Under revised rules, screening is required at a housing block if just two unrelated cases emerge, down from current four, over any two-week period.

31 Dec 2020 - 2:44AM

Under revised rules, screening is required at a housing block if just two unrelated cases emerge, down from current four, over any two-week period.

Hong Kong fourth wave: mandatory Covid-19 testing ordered at 43 residential buildings under tighter policy as 54 new cases confirmed