Rachel Yeo

Hong Kong

Rachel Yeo

Reporter, Hong Kong

Rachel is a full-time reporter for the City Desk. She recently graduated with a journalism degree from Hong Kong Baptist University and also previously interned for The Wall Street Journal.

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Hong Kong Consumer Council finds cancer-causing substance in 95 per cent of coffee samples

Consumer Council found genotoxic carcinogenic acrylamide in 47 of 49 coffee samples. Taster’s Choice (Nestle) Original Soluble Coffee has the highest amount of the substance at 790 micrograms per kilogram.

Consumer Council found genotoxic carcinogenic acrylamide in 47 of 49 coffee samples. Taster’s Choice (Nestle) Original Soluble Coffee has the highest amount of the substance at 790 micrograms per kilogram.

17 Jan 2022 - 8:39PM
What’s in a lobster ball? That’s hard to tell, Hong Kong watchdog warns, but it’s definitely not lobster

Consumer Council samples 10 lobster ball brands, DNA results show none contain traces of lobsters.

Consumer Council samples 10 lobster ball brands, DNA results show none contain traces of lobsters.

4 hours ago
Coronavirus: Hong Kong uncovers Delta, Omicron cases in community, with 1 untraceable and another attributed to possible cross infection in quarantine hotel

The untraceable Delta case involves a woman who works at a pet shop in Causeway Bay, while the Omicron one involves a traveller who tested positive five days after completing quarantine.

The untraceable Delta case involves a woman who works at a pet shop in Causeway Bay, while the Omicron one involves a traveller who tested positive five days after completing quarantine.

16 Jan 2022 - 10:37PM
Omicron: Hong Kong officials bolster Covid-19 screening operations in high-risk district swamped by demand for tests

Scramble follows series of compulsory testing orders relating to infections linked to Omicron-carrying Cathay aircrew member.

Scramble follows series of compulsory testing orders relating to infections linked to Omicron-carrying Cathay aircrew member.

13 Jan 2022 - 9:21PM
Omicron: new HK$4 billion relief package for Hong Kong businesses falls far short of what is needed, industry figures say

With 15 types of premises shut for at least two weeks, unions argue HK$6.3 billion is needed for affected workers.

With 15 types of premises shut for at least two weeks, unions argue HK$6.3 billion is needed for affected workers.

11 Jan 2022 - 11:41PM
Omicron: Hong Kong officials released from quarantine will have to use vacation days to self-isolate; second unlinked Covid-19 case detected

The 11 officials will also have to undergo multiple rounds of testing before being allowed to return to work.

The 11 officials will also have to undergo multiple rounds of testing before being allowed to return to work.

10 Jan 2022 - 10:46AM
Online platform Mad Dog Daily shuts down, becoming second Hong Kong media outlet to fold after Stand News arrests

Platform founded by radio host-turned-politician Raymond Wong is latest to call it a day, after Citizen News.

Platform founded by radio host-turned-politician Raymond Wong is latest to call it a day, after Citizen News.

4 Jan 2022 - 10:51PM
Omicron variant: come forward or face legal action, Hong Kong authorities warn 6 diners as cluster linked to restaurant grows

Cluster of the highly transmissible coronavirus variant now comprises five confirmed cases and a preliminary-positive infection.

Cluster of the highly transmissible coronavirus variant now comprises five confirmed cases and a preliminary-positive infection.

4 Jan 2022 - 9:11AM
Hong Kong child protection group facing abuse scandal submits extra 20,000 hours of security footage to police, promises more remedial action

Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children has seen at least six staff members at its Mong Kok premises charged over child abuse and neglect.

Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children has seen at least six staff members at its Mong Kok premises charged over child abuse and neglect.

2 Jan 2022 - 6:20PM
Omicron: second infection tied to family member of diner in restaurant cluster sparks fears of growing outbreak, as health chief warns Hong Kong at ‘tipping point’

Health secretary Sophia Chan warns city is at ‘tipping point’, urges residents to get vaccinated with boosters.

Health secretary Sophia Chan warns city is at ‘tipping point’, urges residents to get vaccinated with boosters.

2 Jan 2022 - 11:20PM
Hong Kong NGO offers low-income families chance to rent 10 ‘super cheap’ subsidised flats in Central’s upmarket SoHo area

Lok Kwan Social Service’s Central project received HK$17.2 million to reduce rents for 10 flats in Peel Street, Central.

Lok Kwan Social Service’s Central project received HK$17.2 million to reduce rents for 10 flats in Peel Street, Central.

29 Dec 2021 - 10:20PM
Hong Kong child protection group facing abuse controversy suspends 4 more workers, totalling 7 employees implicated

Action was taken after the group reviewed surveillance footage, with at least 18 young victims affected.

Action was taken after the group reviewed surveillance footage, with at least 18 young victims affected.

29 Dec 2021 - 12:30AM
Cold weather could shorten life expectancy among Hongkongers, especially those with cardiorespiratory diseases, study finds

Residents with cardiorespiratory diseases, such as pneumonia, could have life expectancy reduced by up to 1.5 years when exposed to frosty weather, study finds.

Residents with cardiorespiratory diseases, such as pneumonia, could have life expectancy reduced by up to 1.5 years when exposed to frosty weather, study finds.

27 Dec 2021 - 7:43PM
Typhoons and private sector apathy stand in way of widespread adoption in Hong Kong of faster construction method, experts say

Prefabricated homes in high-rise Hong Kong should be more robust to better withstand tropical cyclones, developer says.

Prefabricated homes in high-rise Hong Kong should be more robust to better withstand tropical cyclones, developer says.

23 Dec 2021 - 10:57PM
Hong Kong Housing Authority to offer smallest flats ever at 186 sq ft – about 1½ parking space – in next batch of subsidised homes

The tiny flats will be the smallest ever offered since the launch of the Home Ownership Scheme in 1978.

The tiny flats will be the smallest ever offered since the launch of the Home Ownership Scheme in 1978.

21 Dec 2021 - 11:29PM
Hong Kong Observatory cancels typhoon warning signal as Tropical Storm Rai weakens

Rai is the first storm to prompt a typhoon warning in the month of December in 47 years.

Rai is the first storm to prompt a typhoon warning in the month of December in 47 years.

21 Dec 2021 - 6:10PM
Domestic workers celebrate their art skills at Hong Kong event marking International Migrants Day

Among the participants was Filipino Rosemarie Gayo, 39, who paints and crafts ceramics to help her feel calm during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Among the participants was Filipino Rosemarie Gayo, 39, who paints and crafts ceramics to help her feel calm during the Covid-19 pandemic.

19 Dec 2021 - 8:33PM
Battle of Hong Kong turned medical student into WWII frontline volunteer who survived to tell his wartime stories

Son of 98-year-old veteran, one of the two last survivors of the city’s fall in 1941, hopes Hongkongers won’t forget what happened during Japanese occupation.

Son of 98-year-old veteran, one of the two last survivors of the city’s fall in 1941, hopes Hongkongers won’t forget what happened during Japanese occupation.

18 Dec 2021 - 5:31PM
Hong Kong civil servants manning Legco polling stations to get as much as 88 per cent pay rise for election work

Compensation for the most senior roles tops out at HK$19,750, but one union says increases might not impress staff given potential long hours and travel.

Compensation for the most senior roles tops out at HK$19,750, but one union says increases might not impress staff given potential long hours and travel.

17 Dec 2021 - 12:25AM
Hongkongers registered with Octopus will get final batch of consumption vouchers on Thursday

Spending through Octopus has doubled since vouchers were first issued in August, according to Rita Li of Octopus Cards, in comparison to expenditure from January to July.

Spending through Octopus has doubled since vouchers were first issued in August, according to Rita Li of Octopus Cards, in comparison to expenditure from January to July.

15 Dec 2021 - 10:36PM
Omicron variant can multiply 70 times faster than other strains in lower respiratory tracts of hosts, Hong Kong researchers find

Research team led by HKU expert warns overall threat could be ‘very significant’, although there could be lower infection severity

Research team led by HKU expert warns overall threat could be ‘very significant’, although there could be lower infection severity

15 Dec 2021 - 11:45PM
Separated from sick family members, Hong Kong’s poorest ask why business travellers should visit mainland China before they do

Quarantine too expensive for many with sick relatives in mainland China, local NGO says, urging government to use half of initial travel quota for reuniting families.

Quarantine too expensive for many with sick relatives in mainland China, local NGO says, urging government to use half of initial travel quota for reuniting families.

13 Dec 2021 - 2:17PM
Chinese astronauts give live science lecture from space station to Hong Kong, Macau pupils

Pupils from Hong Kong, Macau and various mainland regions such as Guangxi and Sichuan attend hour-long space lecture with three astronauts from Shenzhou 13 crew.

Pupils from Hong Kong, Macau and various mainland regions such as Guangxi and Sichuan attend hour-long space lecture with three astronauts from Shenzhou 13 crew.

9 Dec 2021 - 11:39PM
Number of Hong Kong families in subdivided flats set to hit record high, but housing chief says city on track to meet long-term demand for better homes

Housing minister on Wednesday says public-private split to remain at 70-30 amid ongoing demand for government flats; number of residents living in poor conditions, meanwhile, set to grow.

Housing minister on Wednesday says public-private split to remain at 70-30 amid ongoing demand for government flats; number of residents living in poor conditions, meanwhile, set to grow.

8 Dec 2021 - 10:44PM
Nearly half of unvaccinated Hongkongers say they will not get jabbed, but majority of residents ready to shift to coexisting with Covid-19, survey finds

However, a healthy majority of residents say they are ready to transition away from the city’s zero-Covid approach to a strategy of living with the coronavirus.

However, a healthy majority of residents say they are ready to transition away from the city’s zero-Covid approach to a strategy of living with the coronavirus.

6 Dec 2021 - 8:01PM
Hong Kong’s largest business lobby predicts further growth in 2022 but warns of Omicron risks to economy

General Chamber of Commerce forecasts 2.8 per cent expansion next year after 6.3 per cent this year but says emerging Omicron variant could suppress recovery in tourism and hospitality industries.

General Chamber of Commerce forecasts 2.8 per cent expansion next year after 6.3 per cent this year but says emerging Omicron variant could suppress recovery in tourism and hospitality industries.

2 Dec 2021 - 7:58PM
MTR service finally fully restored on Hong Kong’s Island line after 3 hours of chaos

The service suspension not only wreaked havoc for train passengers, but also caused a knock-on effect on road transport.

The service suspension not only wreaked havoc for train passengers, but also caused a knock-on effect on road transport.

2 Dec 2021 - 11:09PM
Hong Kong drug treatment centre calls on social welfare officials for help after fire leaves residents in housing bind

Electricity cut off and facilities damaged after blaze broke out at Christian New Life Association in Yuen Long on Wednesday morning.

Electricity cut off and facilities damaged after blaze broke out at Christian New Life Association in Yuen Long on Wednesday morning.

1 Dec 2021 - 10:53PM
Omicron variant: are vaccine passports discriminatory, or needed more than ever for Hong Kong to weather potential Covid-19 onslaught?

Various sectors of society say policy can be discriminatory and undermine mental health of city’s elderly.

Various sectors of society say policy can be discriminatory and undermine mental health of city’s elderly.

1 Dec 2021 - 10:07AM
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