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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Further delays expected for roll-out of expanded public transport subsidies for older Hong Kong residents

Lawmakers had sharp criticisms for welfare chief Law Chi-kwong on Monday, questioning why the expansion of the scheme was taking so long.

11 Jan 2021 - 11:59PM

Lawmakers had sharp criticisms for welfare chief Law Chi-kwong on Monday, questioning why the expansion of the scheme was taking so long.

Further delays expected for roll-out of expanded public transport subsidies for older Hong Kong residents
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
Frost on Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest point, as winter monsoon brings mercury down to lowest in season at minus 2.5 degrees Celsius

Mercury drops to 7.7 degrees in Tsim Sha Tsui on Friday morning, and temperatures are expected to remain low until next Wednesday.

8 Jan 2021 - 8:08PM

Mercury drops to 7.7 degrees in Tsim Sha Tsui on Friday morning, and temperatures are expected to remain low until next Wednesday.

Frost on Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest point, as winter monsoon brings mercury down to lowest in season at minus 2.5 degrees Celsius
With heritage preservation in the spotlight, Hong Kong authorities reveal century-old structure was demolished nine years ago

Acknowledgement of the demolition of the Mid-Levels service reservoir came just over a week after a similar structure in Kowloon was saved following a public outcry.

8 Jan 2021 - 3:17AM

Acknowledgement of the demolition of the Mid-Levels service reservoir came just over a week after a similar structure in Kowloon was saved following a public outcry.

With heritage preservation in the spotlight, Hong Kong authorities reveal century-old structure was demolished nine years ago
Heritage advisers, architects urge government to learn from previous mistakes, engage public in conservation of Hong Kong sites

Antiquities Advisory Board member Vincent Ho says official terminology may have caused misunderstanding due to a broad description used for structures.

5 Jan 2021 - 11:51PM

Antiquities Advisory Board member Vincent Ho says official terminology may have caused misunderstanding due to a broad description used for structures.

Heritage advisers, architects urge government to learn from previous mistakes, engage public in conservation of Hong Kong sites
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
Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s biggest teachers’ unions call for speedy decision on whether schools will reopen in January

Kindergartens and schools suspended on-site classes in early December and campuses will not reopen until January 10 at the earliest.

3 Jan 2021 - 2:44PM

Kindergartens and schools suspended on-site classes in early December and campuses will not reopen until January 10 at the earliest.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s biggest teachers’ unions call for speedy decision on whether schools will reopen in January
After years of financial difficulties, Hong Kong boarding school for troubled teens is seeking donations to stay afloat

Declining enrolment and swelling deficits have left the Christian Zheng Sheng College on Lantau Island asking for up to HK$300,000 a month in donations.

2 Jan 2021 - 10:48PM

Declining enrolment and swelling deficits have left the Christian Zheng Sheng College on Lantau Island asking for up to HK$300,000 a month in donations.

After years of financial difficulties, Hong Kong boarding school for troubled teens is seeking donations to stay afloat
Explainer | A century-old reservoir has captured Hongkongers’ imagination amid Covid-19 doom and gloom, political strife

News of public discovery of grand underground structures which were nearly demolished causes government U-turn and apology.

30 Dec 2020 - 10:54PM

News of public discovery of grand underground structures which were nearly demolished causes government U-turn and apology.

A century-old reservoir has captured Hongkongers’ imagination amid Covid-19 doom and gloom, political strife
Head of Hong Kong heritage office sorry for ‘insensitivity’ over plan to demolish striking century-old site, but unanswered questions fuel backlash

Commissioner for Heritage Ivanhoe Chang said authorities did not know significance of structure and thought it was ordinary water tank.

30 Dec 2020 - 9:22AM

Commissioner for Heritage Ivanhoe Chang said authorities did not know significance of structure and thought it was ordinary water tank.

Head of Hong Kong heritage office sorry for ‘insensitivity’ over plan to demolish striking century-old site, but unanswered questions fuel backlash
Demolition of century-old underground reservoir suspended by Hong Kong authorities after they bow to public calls for it to be preserved

The underground reservoir, believed to have been completed in 1904, is a cavernous chamber featuring soaring brick arches.

29 Dec 2020 - 1:41AM

The underground reservoir, believed to have been completed in 1904, is a cavernous chamber featuring soaring brick arches.

Demolition of century-old  underground reservoir suspended by Hong Kong authorities after they bow to public calls for it to be preserved
Demolition of Hong Kong old reservoir halted after calls for heritage assessment

The Hong Kong government has suspended the removal of a reservoir at Bishop Hill in Sham Shui Po, after some lawmakers and residents called for authorities to carry out a heritage assessment on the site.

29 Dec 2020 - 3:03AM

The Hong Kong government has suspended the removal of a reservoir at Bishop Hill in Sham Shui Po, after some lawmakers and residents called for authorities to carry out a heritage assessment on the site.

Demolition of Hong Kong old reservoir halted after calls for heritage assessment
Coronavirus cluster at Hong Kong public hospital triggers mandatory screening, while city records 70 new cases and another death

All people who have entered either of two wards hit by ‘super spreading’ event since December 15 must be screened by Wednesday, authorities say.

27 Dec 2020 - 11:22PM

All people who have entered either of two wards hit by ‘super spreading’ event since December 15 must be screened by Wednesday, authorities say.

Coronavirus cluster at Hong Kong public hospital triggers mandatory screening, while city records 70 new cases and another death
Hong Kong national security law: media tycoon Jimmy Lai to return to court on Thursday for prosecutors’ bid to keep him behind bars

Lai was released on HK$10 million bail earlier this week and placed under house arrest, while facing charges of fraud and national security law.

27 Dec 2020 - 8:32PM

Lai was released on HK$10 million bail earlier this week and placed under house arrest, while facing charges of fraud and national security law.

Hong Kong national security law: media tycoon Jimmy Lai to return to court on Thursday for prosecutors’ bid to keep him behind bars
Hong Kong fourth wave: surprise checkpoint at coronavirus-hit housing block uncovers 76 residents who violated testing order

Authorities had set up a temporary cordon at the Ming Yan Lau block of Sha Tin’s Jat Min Chuen estate and checked more than 1,900 residents on Thursday.

25 Dec 2020 - 9:21PM

Authorities had set up a temporary cordon at the Ming Yan Lau block of Sha Tin’s Jat Min Chuen estate and checked more than 1,900 residents on Thursday.

Hong Kong fourth wave: surprise checkpoint at coronavirus-hit housing block uncovers 76 residents who violated testing order
Coronavirus: anger as travel plans thrown into disarray by Hong Kong’s move to raise Covid-19 quarantine to 21 days; city reports 57 cases, one more death

Would-be travellers describe mental stress, financial pressure, as some plan to drop trips entirely after hearing the news.

27 Dec 2020 - 4:20PM

Would-be travellers describe mental stress, financial pressure, as some plan to drop trips entirely after hearing the news.

Coronavirus: anger as travel plans thrown into disarray by Hong Kong’s move to raise Covid-19 quarantine to 21 days; city reports 57 cases, one more death
Hong Kong parents who travelled to Britain to see their kids ‘marooned’ by sudden flight ban

Families now stuck in Britain are casting about for options for returning home, but to no avail.

22 Dec 2020 - 11:53PM

Families now stuck in Britain are casting about for options for returning home, but to no avail.

Hong Kong parents who travelled to Britain to see their kids ‘marooned’ by sudden flight ban
New Covid-19 quarantine rules for domestic helpers leave Hong Kong employers scrambling to find cheaper hotel rooms

Unwilling to pay peak prices for hotel rooms, some employers delay foreign helpers’ arrival

20 Dec 2020 - 8:14AM

Unwilling to pay peak prices for hotel rooms, some employers delay foreign helpers’ arrival

New Covid-19 quarantine rules for domestic helpers leave Hong Kong employers scrambling to find cheaper hotel rooms
Hong Kong fourth wave: police hunt for Covid-19 patient continues as hospital security lapses leave officials red-faced

Patient, identified as Li Wan-keung, 63, had been previously uncooperative and attempted to leave isolation ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, officials said.

20 Dec 2020 - 2:39AM

Patient, identified as Li Wan-keung, 63, had been previously uncooperative and attempted to leave isolation ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, officials said.

Hong Kong fourth wave: police hunt for Covid-19 patient continues as hospital security lapses leave officials red-faced
Hong Kong fourth wave: health expert warns against Richland Gardens lockdown, as 86 new Covid-19 cases confirmed

Eighty-one cases were locally transmitted, including 37 of unknown origin. The other five infections were imported.

11 Dec 2020 - 11:44PM

Eighty-one cases were locally transmitted, including 37 of unknown origin. The other five infections were imported.

Hong Kong fourth wave: health expert warns against Richland Gardens lockdown, as 86 new Covid-19 cases confirmed
More than 500 subsidised Hong Kong homes remain unsold – economic downturn, small flat size blamed for poor reception

Some 523 of 3,710 flats in Tsing Yi and Chai Wan found no takers even after they were offered at 51 per cent off the market price

9 Dec 2020 - 11:15PM

Some 523 of 3,710 flats in Tsing Yi and Chai Wan found no takers even after they were offered at 51 per cent off the market price

More than 500 subsidised Hong Kong homes remain unsold – economic downturn, small flat size blamed for poor reception
Hong Kong lawmakers kick-start plan for metropolis on artificial islands by approving Lantau Tomorrow Vision feasibility studies funding

Unhindered by opposition, committee approves release of cash to assess huge island-building plan for new settlement off Lantau.

4 Dec 2020 - 11:42PM

Unhindered by opposition, committee approves release of cash to assess huge island-building plan for new settlement off Lantau.

Hong Kong lawmakers kick-start plan for metropolis on artificial islands by approving Lantau Tomorrow Vision feasibility studies funding
Hong Kong fourth wave: several hotels have joined quarantine venue scheme, source says, as city confirms 90 new coronavirus cases

Health officials expect to get 10,000 hotel rooms by the Friday deadline, a source says. The scheme is likely to be launched in mid-December.

8 Dec 2020 - 12:28PM

Health officials expect to get 10,000 hotel rooms by the Friday deadline, a source says. The scheme is likely to be launched in mid-December.

Hong Kong fourth wave: several hotels have joined quarantine venue scheme, source says, as city confirms 90 new coronavirus cases
New official figures prompt scepticism over Hong Kong leader’s pledge to solve city’s housing shortage within 10 years

According to a paper from the housing bureau, only 28 per cent of the units needed to meet the 10-year goal can be completed in the next four years.

3 Dec 2020 - 9:15AM

According to a paper from the housing bureau, only 28 per cent of the units needed to meet the 10-year goal can be completed in the next four years.

New official figures prompt scepticism over Hong Kong leader’s pledge to solve city’s housing shortage within 10 years
Coronavirus: Hong Kong residents with symptoms must take test within three days of doctor’s advice or face hefty fines

The new measure, announced earlier this month, aims to contain the city’s fourth wave of infections by reducing silent transmission in the community.

28 Nov 2020 - 1:42AM

The new measure, announced earlier this month, aims to contain the city’s fourth wave of infections by reducing silent transmission in the community.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong residents with symptoms must take test within three days of doctor’s advice or face hefty fines
Covid-19 patients in Hong Kong spreading infection to more people, expert warns, as new cases surge to 92 amid hospital outbreak fears

A 77-year-old patient at Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital died after testing preliminary positive while a nurse and support worker are also infected.

28 Nov 2020 - 2:27AM

A 77-year-old patient at Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital died after testing preliminary positive while a nurse and support worker are also infected.

Covid-19 patients in Hong Kong spreading infection to more people, expert warns, as new cases surge to 92 amid hospital outbreak fears
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has plans to fix public housing shortage, but will they work?

Despite the government’s clear timetable, critics warn that local objections, technical difficulties and other factors may cause delays.

27 Nov 2020 - 4:14PM

Despite the government’s clear timetable, critics warn that local objections, technical difficulties and other factors may cause delays.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has plans to fix public housing shortage, but will they work?
Hong Kong residents waiting years for public housing offered short-term relief

Government to hand out HK$8 billion to applicants who have been seeking a space for more than three years, while some hotels and guest houses will be offered financial incentive to temporarily house residents.

26 Nov 2020 - 12:16AM

Government to hand out HK$8 billion to applicants who have been seeking a space for more than three years, while some hotels and guest houses will be offered financial incentive to temporarily house residents.

Hong Kong residents waiting years for public housing offered short-term relief
Coronavirus: Hong Kong leader sets out target of zero infections with community testing, as city confirms 85 new cases

Government could implement large-scale universal community testing again in a bid to achieve the target, Chief Executive Carrie Lam says.

26 Nov 2020 - 12:18AM

Government could implement large-scale universal community testing again in a bid to achieve the target, Chief Executive Carrie Lam says.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong leader sets out target of zero infections with community testing, as city confirms 85 new cases
Coronavirus: mainland China-based vlogger goes viral for video slamming Hong Kong’s ‘meaningless’ quarantine measures

The internet personality, who goes by ‘Hong Kong’s Little Miss Tsang’, lambasted the city for what she said were loopholes in its anti-pandemic measures.

24 Nov 2020 - 11:43PM

The internet personality, who goes by ‘Hong Kong’s Little Miss Tsang’, lambasted the city for what she said were loopholes in its anti-pandemic measures.

Coronavirus: mainland China-based vlogger goes viral for video slamming Hong Kong’s ‘meaningless’ quarantine measures