Phila Siu

Hong Kong

Phila Siu

Senior Reporter, Hong Kong

Phila Siu, also known as Bobby, has been a journalist since 2009. He has reported on human rights, security, politics, and society in Hong Kong, mainland China and Southeast Asia. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University and a human rights law master's degree from the University of Hong Kong.

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong passenger released from Diamond Princess blasted after snubbing evacuation for Tokyo food scene in bustling Shinjuku

Yardley Wong criticised for refusing to return to Hong Kong for quarantine and visiting a crowded part of Tokyo instead on her release from stricken liner.

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Yardley Wong criticised for refusing to return to Hong Kong for quarantine and visiting a crowded part of Tokyo instead on her release from stricken liner.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong passenger released from Diamond Princess blasted after snubbing evacuation for Tokyo food scene in bustling Shinjuku
Coronavirus: at least 102 Hongkongers on Diamond Princess cruise in Japan to be brought home on chartered flight

City officials express impatience with pace of processing by Japanese authorities, who are prioritising screening according to age.

20 Feb 2020 - 6:29AM

City officials express impatience with pace of processing by Japanese authorities, who are prioritising screening according to age.

Coronavirus: at least 102 Hongkongers on Diamond Princess cruise in Japan to be brought home on chartered flight
Coronavirus: Hong Kong families await return of thousands of stranded domestic helpers as the Philippines lifts travel ban

A 32-year-old becomes first Filipino maid to be infected with Covid-19 in the city as local total reaches 62.

19 Feb 2020 - 12:22PM

A 32-year-old becomes first Filipino maid to be infected with Covid-19 in the city as local total reaches 62.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong families await return of thousands of stranded domestic helpers as the Philippines lifts travel ban
Coronavirus: Hongkongers stranded aboard Diamond Princess cruise ship to be flown home on Cathay Pacific flights, as city confirms three new cases

But for some 2,000 Hongkongers locked down in mainland China’s Hubei province – the epicentre of the outbreak – there remains no sign of escape.

18 Feb 2020 - 12:29PM

But for some 2,000 Hongkongers locked down in mainland China’s Hubei province – the epicentre of the outbreak – there remains no sign of escape.

Coronavirus: Hongkongers stranded aboard Diamond Princess cruise ship to be flown home on Cathay Pacific flights, as city confirms three new cases
Coronavirus: hundreds protest against Hong Kong quarantine sites in five locations near residential estates

Fears of infection and anger from months-long anti-government movement spill over into opposition towards designated facilities.

17 Feb 2020 - 5:06PM

Fears of infection and anger from months-long anti-government movement spill over into opposition towards designated facilities.

Coronavirus: hundreds protest against Hong Kong quarantine sites in five locations near residential estates
Coronavirus: put a surgical mask on, Hong Kong welfare chief Law Chi-kwong told

Law says he has driven to work and avoided crowds, and so sees no need to don the face covering. But a leading disease expert says he should be wearing one because of the common areas he has to use at government headquarters.

16 Feb 2020 - 6:47PM

Law says he has driven to work and avoided crowds, and so sees no need to don the face covering. But a leading disease expert says he should be wearing one because of the common areas he has to use at government headquarters.

Coronavirus: put a surgical mask on, Hong Kong welfare chief Law Chi-kwong told
Coronavirus: from quarantine to class disruption, uncertainty has Hong Kong’s cross-border students on edge

Some prepare to self-quarantine in hopes of taking exams on time, while parents fret their children will face discrimination amid virus fears.

13 Feb 2020 - 5:31PM

Some prepare to self-quarantine in hopes of taking exams on time, while parents fret their children will face discrimination amid virus fears.

Coronavirus: from quarantine to class disruption, uncertainty has Hong Kong’s cross-border students on edge
Coronavirus: use cruise ship, Disneyland hotels to quarantine Hongkongers stranded in Hubei, lawmakers say

Government urged to lay on chartered flights for Hong Kong residents stuck in epicentre of outbreak and to rent cruise ship to hold them.

14 Feb 2020 - 12:13AM

Government urged to lay on chartered flights for Hong Kong residents stuck in epicentre of outbreak and to rent cruise ship to hold them.

Coronavirus: use cruise ship, Disneyland hotels to quarantine Hongkongers stranded in Hubei, lawmakers say
Coronavirus: nine members of same family confirmed with disease in Hong Kong after sharing hotpot and barbecue meal

Health authorities in Hong Kong warn of ‘major difficulties’ in tracing possible coronavirus carriers because some might only show mild flu-like symptoms at an early stage.

10 Feb 2020 - 10:52AM

Health authorities in Hong Kong warn of ‘major difficulties’ in tracing possible coronavirus carriers because some might only show mild flu-like symptoms at an early stage.

Coronavirus: nine members of same family confirmed with disease in Hong Kong after sharing hotpot and barbecue meal
Coronavirus: thousands more cruise passengers might have been exposed to deadly infection

Ship’s operator admits World Dream made three more trips than first revealed, as thousands remain trapped on board.

7 Feb 2020 - 12:01AM

Ship’s operator admits World Dream made three more trips than first revealed, as thousands remain trapped on board.

Coronavirus: thousands more cruise passengers might have been exposed to deadly infection
Coronavirus: casinos to close in Macau for at least two weeks after hotel worker infected

Major blow for world’s casino capital as city leader says fortnight hiatus will come into force soon. Galaxy Macau employee, 29, caught the virus in local transmission at Lunar New Year gathering.

5 Feb 2020 - 5:44PM

Major blow for world’s casino capital as city leader says fortnight hiatus will come into force soon. Galaxy Macau employee, 29, caught the virus in local transmission at Lunar New Year gathering.

Coronavirus: casinos to close in Macau for at least two weeks after hotel worker infected
Coronavirus: Philippines reports first death outside China as Duterte orders travel ban on visitors from mainland, Hong Kong

The victim was a 44-year-old male Chinese national who was the companion of a 38-year-old Chinese woman who arrived in the Philippines from Wuhan on January 21.

2 Feb 2020 - 11:02PM

The victim was a 44-year-old male Chinese national who was the companion of a 38-year-old Chinese woman who arrived in the Philippines from Wuhan on January 21.

Coronavirus: Philippines reports first death outside China as Duterte orders travel ban on visitors from mainland, Hong Kong
Hong Kong medical workers draw fortune sticks to decide who works in coronavirus quarantine wards

Doctor says he and his colleagues have been put under intense pressure with the emergence of the new virus.

28 Jan 2020 - 1:39PM

Doctor says he and his colleagues have been put under intense pressure with the emergence of the new virus.

Hong Kong medical workers draw fortune sticks to decide who works in coronavirus quarantine wards
China coronavirus: Finnair U-turns on earlier refusal to allow staff in Hong Kong permission to wear masks

Airline bosses had earlier rejected demands from city flight attendants to take the face-covering health precaution against growing threat of Wuhan coronavirus.

25 Jan 2020 - 8:31PM

Airline bosses had earlier rejected demands from city flight attendants to take the face-covering health precaution against growing threat of Wuhan coronavirus.

China coronavirus: Finnair U-turns on earlier refusal to allow staff in Hong Kong permission to wear masks
China coronavirus: give us free masks, make health declarations at all entry points compulsory and put Wuhan on same travel alert as Syria, medical experts tell Hong Kong government

Give us free masks, make health declarations at all entry points compulsory and put Wuhan on same travel alert as Syria, medical experts tell Hong Kong government.

24 Jan 2020 - 4:04AM

Give us free masks, make health declarations at all entry points compulsory and put Wuhan on same travel alert as Syria, medical experts tell Hong Kong government.

China coronavirus: give us free masks, make health declarations at all entry points compulsory and put Wuhan on same travel alert as Syria, medical experts tell Hong Kong government
China coronavirus: Hong Kong scraps major Lunar New Year celebrations and extends health declaration requirements as it tightens monitoring of deadly infection

Pacific International Chinese New Year Carnival and Lunar New Year Cup axed as government extends health declaration requirements, and tightens monitoring of deadly infection.

24 Jan 2020 - 1:33AM

Pacific International Chinese New Year Carnival and Lunar New Year Cup axed as government extends health declaration requirements, and tightens monitoring of deadly infection.

China coronavirus: Hong Kong scraps major Lunar New Year celebrations and extends health declaration requirements as it tightens monitoring of deadly infection
Hong Kong green groups demand action after Malaysia ships nine containers of waste back to city

Southeast Asian country says containers did not have proper permits and believes waste was contaminated.

23 Jan 2020 - 9:37AM

Southeast Asian country says containers did not have proper permits and believes waste was contaminated.

Hong Kong green groups demand action after Malaysia ships nine containers of waste back to city
China coronavirus: after union fury, Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways will let staff wear surgical masks on flights

Workers had accused the airline of violating their basic rights.

22 Jan 2020 - 7:24PM

Workers had accused the airline of violating their basic rights.

China coronavirus: after union fury, Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways will let staff wear surgical masks on flights
Cathay Pacific cabin crew warn of ‘catastrophic’ consequences of not guarding against Wuhan virus as they demand right to wear masks on all flights

Flight attendants’ union warns of ‘catastrophic’ consequences of failing to guard against spread of Wuhan coronavirus as infection spreads overseas, and number of dead rises to six.

22 Jan 2020 - 5:13PM

Flight attendants’ union warns of ‘catastrophic’ consequences of failing to guard against spread of Wuhan coronavirus as infection spreads overseas, and number of dead rises to six.

Cathay Pacific cabin crew warn of ‘catastrophic’ consequences of not guarding against  Wuhan virus as they demand right to wear masks on all flights
Hong Kong customs, corrections representatives demand equal pay with police force, call current salary gap discriminatory

‘We’re all law enforcers. We don’t understand why there is such a big pay discrepancy,’ union leader tells Legco panel.

21 Jan 2020 - 12:31AM

‘We’re all law enforcers. We don’t understand why there is such a big pay discrepancy,’ union leader tells Legco panel.

Hong Kong customs, corrections representatives demand equal pay with police force, call current salary gap discriminatory
Hong Kong protests: two plain-clothes police officers beaten up, tear gas fired and rally organiser arrested as mayhem breaks out in Central

Several rounds of tear gas, pepper spray fired after police shut down event in Chater Garden, Central, after skirmishes break out nearby.

20 Jan 2020 - 12:22PM

Several rounds of tear gas, pepper spray fired after police shut down event in Chater Garden, Central, after skirmishes break out nearby.

Hong Kong protests: two plain-clothes police officers beaten up, tear gas fired and rally organiser arrested as mayhem breaks out in Central
‘Police apologise?’ No, Hong Kong rioters should say sorry for chaos they brought to the city, force chief Chris Tang says

Commissioner of Police Chris Tang made the remarks at two-hour grilling by Central and Western District Council members, while rejecting calls for force to apologise for alleged violence during months of social unrest.

17 Jan 2020 - 6:28AM

Commissioner of Police Chris Tang made the remarks at two-hour grilling by Central and Western District Council members, while rejecting calls for force to apologise for alleged violence during months of social unrest.

‘Police apologise?’ No, Hong Kong rioters should say sorry for chaos they brought to the city, force chief Chris Tang says
Hong Kong protests: thousands join rally in Central to demand universal suffrage in upcoming election

Organiser urges foreign governments to impose sanctions on Hong Kong officials if there was still no universal suffrage in Legco election later this year

12 Jan 2020 - 11:25PM

Organiser urges foreign governments to impose sanctions on Hong Kong officials if there was still no universal suffrage in Legco election later this year

Hong Kong protests: thousands join rally in Central to demand universal suffrage in upcoming election
Wuhan pneumonia: Hong Kong requests for genetic information from mainland China on mystery virus

Experts say this would allow for more targeted tests and shorten time for diagnosis by more than half. They also call for calm, reminding the public that strain seems to be less lethal than Sars.

22 Jan 2020 - 4:49PM

Experts say this would allow for more targeted tests and shorten time for diagnosis by more than half. They also call for calm, reminding the public that strain seems to be less lethal than Sars.

Wuhan pneumonia: Hong Kong requests for genetic information from mainland China on mystery virus
Wuhan ‘pneumonia’: Hong Kong health chief under pressure to seek more information from mainland authorities amid silence on latest patient numbers

Lawmakers grill Hong Kong health secretary Sophia Chan for 2½ hours on the government’s response to the pneumonia situation in Wuhan.

22 Jan 2020 - 4:49PM

Lawmakers grill Hong Kong health secretary Sophia Chan for 2½ hours on the government’s response to the pneumonia situation in Wuhan.

Wuhan ‘pneumonia’: Hong Kong health chief under pressure to seek more information from mainland authorities amid silence on latest patient numbers
Watches worth HK$810,000, cash and credit cards stolen on flight to Hong Kong

Three men claim their property was stolen on flight from Doha in Qatar.

8 Jan 2020 - 1:33AM

Three men claim their property was stolen on flight from Doha in Qatar.

Watches worth HK$810,000, cash and credit cards stolen on flight to Hong Kong
Hong Kong to add mystery Wuhan pneumonia to list of notifiable infectious diseases, giving authorities power to quarantine patients

Medical practitioners will have to notify the government of anyone suspected to have been infected with the disease under changes expected to be in place this week.

22 Jan 2020 - 4:49PM

Medical practitioners will have to notify the government of anyone suspected to have been infected with the disease under changes expected to be in place this week.

Hong Kong to add mystery Wuhan pneumonia to list of notifiable infectious diseases, giving authorities power to quarantine patients
Police arrest nearly 50 accused of deviating from protest route amid march against mainland Chinese parallel traders in Hong Kong’s border town of Sheung Shui

Thousands of people had earlier gathered in a park and marched along streets in a demonstration against mainland parallel traders.

5 Jan 2020 - 11:34PM

Thousands of people had earlier gathered in a park and marched along streets in a demonstration against mainland parallel traders.

Police arrest nearly 50 accused of deviating from protest route amid march against mainland Chinese parallel traders in Hong Kong’s border town of Sheung Shui
Man suspected of murdering Hong Kong 7-Eleven store worker after theft of two cans of beer brought to scene for reconstruction of events
Man arrested as HSBC cheque deposit machine is smashed in Hong Kong branch

Two men were spotted smashing cheque deposit machine’s screen with hammers at Sheung Shui Centre branch although the motive remains unclear.

31 Dec 2019 - 3:44AM

Two men were spotted smashing cheque deposit machine’s screen with hammers at Sheung Shui Centre branch although the motive remains unclear.

Man arrested as HSBC cheque deposit machine is smashed in Hong Kong branch