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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam gets city’s first Covid-19 jab, insists only steady fall in cases will lead to further relaxation of social distancing

Hong Kong leader warns that she does not ‘envisage that within a very short span of time, we will relax social distancing on the basis of vaccination’.

23 Feb 2021 - 7:46AM

Hong Kong leader warns that she does not ‘envisage that within a very short span of time, we will relax social distancing on the basis of vaccination’.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam gets city’s first Covid-19 jab, insists only steady fall in cases will lead to further relaxation of social distancing
Hong Kong fourth wave: Covid-19 testing slots fill up as nine new cases recorded on final day of Lunar New Year holiday

Daily figure – lowest since November 18 when nine cases were also recorded – included four locally transmitted infections.

16 Feb 2021 - 12:19AM

Daily figure – lowest since November 18 when nine cases were also recorded – included four locally transmitted infections.

Hong Kong fourth wave: Covid-19 testing slots fill up as nine new cases recorded on final day of Lunar New Year holiday
Hong Kong lockdown: experts ask if drastic step needed after only 13 coronavirus cases uncovered; city logs 73 infections

As life returned to normal for the residents, authorities’ focus shifts to the large Laguna City private housing estate, where an outbreak may be spreading upwards.

26 Jan 2021 - 12:06AM

As life returned to normal for the residents, authorities’ focus shifts to the large Laguna City private housing estate, where an outbreak may be spreading upwards.

Hong Kong lockdown: experts ask if drastic step needed after only 13 coronavirus cases uncovered; city logs 73 infections
Hong Kong issues isolation order for entire residential blocks for first time since Covid-19 pandemic began

Health authorities take ‘exceptional measure’ given special challenges presented in carrying out contact tracing of residents in subdivided flats.

16 Jan 2021 - 12:45AM

Health authorities take ‘exceptional measure’ given special challenges presented in carrying out contact tracing of residents in subdivided flats.

Hong Kong issues isolation order for entire residential blocks for first time since Covid-19 pandemic began
Hong Kong fourth wave: fearful residents in coronavirus-hit tenements plead for help as city logs another 42 cases

Health officials confirm four more infections in two homes in the Reclamation Street buildings, taking the number of cases to 25 in 13 flats.

14 Jan 2021 - 2:15AM

Health officials confirm four more infections in two homes in the Reclamation Street buildings, taking the number of cases to 25 in 13 flats.

Hong Kong fourth wave: fearful residents in coronavirus-hit tenements plead for help as city logs another 42 cases
Hong Kong fourth wave: coronavirus tests ordered for residents of 4 linked tenement blocks, as 60 new cases confirmed

Seven more residents confirmed infected in the interconnected buildings along Reclamation Street in Jordan, taking the total to 21.

13 Jan 2021 - 10:35AM

Seven more residents confirmed infected in the interconnected buildings along Reclamation Street in Jordan, taking the total to 21.

Hong Kong fourth wave: coronavirus tests ordered for residents of 4 linked tenement blocks, as 60 new cases confirmed
Novel device developed by Hong Kong researchers could help patients with spinal injuries avoid invasive surgeries

The new neurostimulator, developed by researchers at Polytechnic University, is small enough to be injected into a patient’s spine via a needle.

12 Jan 2021 - 7:00AM

The new neurostimulator, developed by researchers at Polytechnic University, is small enough to be injected into a patient’s spine via a needle.

Novel device developed by Hong Kong researchers could help patients with spinal injuries avoid invasive surgeries
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: 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: 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
Did a Chinese court go too far in punishing 10 fugitive Hongkongers?

A Shenzhen court jailed eight defendants guilty of illegal border crossing for seven months, while the two organisers of the crime will stay behind bars for up to three years. Opposition activists say the sentences are excessive, while pro-establishment figures call the terms appropriate.

30 Dec 2020 - 11:33PM

A Shenzhen court jailed eight defendants guilty of illegal border crossing for seven months, while the two organisers of the crime will stay behind bars for up to three years. Opposition activists say the sentences are excessive, while pro-establishment figures call the terms appropriate.

Did a Chinese court go too far in punishing 10 fugitive Hongkongers?
Ten Hong Kong fugitives captured at sea jailed up to three years by Shenzhen court, two other underage suspects handed to city’s police

Tang Kai-yin and Quinn Moon, convicted of organising the illegal border crossing, sentenced to three and two years, respectively.

31 Dec 2020 - 9:09AM

Tang Kai-yin and Quinn Moon, convicted of organising the illegal border crossing, sentenced to three and two years, respectively.

Ten Hong Kong fugitives captured at sea jailed up to three years by Shenzhen court, two other underage suspects handed to city’s police
Hong Kong Covid-19 fourth wave: about 70 per cent of restaurants face closure amid tough social-distancing measures, poll reveals

Institution of Dining Art also says a similar percentage of respondents in Hong Kong are mulling laying off staff in the coming quarter.

30 Dec 2020 - 7:44AM

Institution of Dining Art also says a similar percentage of respondents in Hong Kong are mulling laying off staff in the coming quarter.

Hong Kong Covid-19 fourth wave: about 70 per cent of restaurants face closure amid tough social-distancing measures, poll reveals
Hong Kong fourth wave: two or more unrelated coronavirus cases in 14-day period will trigger mandatory testing in any housing block

City logs 53 new cases as health authorities reveal three hidden virus carriers detected through pilot sewage monitoring system.

30 Dec 2020 - 9:23AM

City logs 53 new cases as health authorities reveal three hidden virus carriers detected through pilot sewage monitoring system.

Hong Kong fourth wave: two or more unrelated coronavirus cases in 14-day period will trigger mandatory testing in any housing block
Explainer | Coronavirus: how Hongkongers can safeguard their living environment in battle against Covid-19

Experts say ensuring proper ventilation and natural lighting in rooms, and routine maintenance of drainage systems can keep living spaces healthy.

29 Dec 2020 - 11:18AM

Experts say ensuring proper ventilation and natural lighting in rooms, and routine maintenance of drainage systems can keep living spaces healthy.

Coronavirus: how Hongkongers can safeguard their living environment in battle against Covid-19
From temples to dance halls, Covid-19 clusters cut across every level of Hong Kong society in 2020

An outbreak that saw dock workers fall ill while sharing makeshift dormitories was just one example of how the virus showed Hongkongers hidden worlds.

30 Dec 2020 - 1:43PM

An outbreak that saw dock workers fall ill while sharing makeshift dormitories was just one example of how the virus showed Hongkongers hidden worlds.

From temples to dance halls, Covid-19 clusters cut across every level of Hong Kong society in 2020
Hong Kong fourth wave: ‘sustained’ evidence of Covid-19 uncovered in housing block sewage, more than 700 households to undergo coronavirus testing

Residents of 731 flats at Fung Chak House in Choi Wan (II) Estate – as well as recent visitors – must be screened after the disease was detected in sewage samples.

29 Dec 2020 - 3:40AM

Residents of 731 flats at Fung Chak House in Choi Wan (II) Estate – as well as recent visitors – must be screened after the disease was detected in sewage samples.

Hong Kong fourth wave: ‘sustained’ evidence of Covid-19 uncovered in housing block sewage, more than 700 households to undergo coronavirus testing
Robotic dogs, ‘Smart Barriers’ among new landslide prevention measures touted by outgoing head of Hong Kong’s Geotechnical Engineering Office

Among the measures are robotic dogs equipped with high definition cameras and lidar sensors that help engineers gather data in adverse conditions.

27 Dec 2020 - 10:42PM

Among the measures are robotic dogs equipped with high definition cameras and lidar sensors that help engineers gather data in adverse conditions.

Robotic dogs, ‘Smart Barriers’ among new landslide prevention measures touted by outgoing head of Hong Kong’s Geotechnical Engineering Office
Coronavirus in dog, burst travel bubble, nasal vaccines: the good and bad of Hong Kong’s firsts amid 2020 pandemic

Hong Kong has made some of the world’s first discoveries during the pandemic – including the infection in a dog, reinfection in a patient.

30 Dec 2020 - 2:02PM

Hong Kong has made some of the world’s first discoveries during the pandemic – including the infection in a dog, reinfection in a patient.

Coronavirus in dog, burst travel bubble, nasal vaccines: the good and bad of Hong Kong’s firsts amid 2020 pandemic
Hong Kong fourth wave: health official admits to quarantine delays as 70 Covid-19 cases confirmed, with medical staff among possible infected

Evacuation orders of housing estates may be preventing timely admission of other residents into quarantine, health official says.

19 Dec 2020 - 12:42PM

Evacuation orders of housing estates may be preventing timely admission of other residents into quarantine, health official says.

Hong Kong fourth wave: health official admits to quarantine delays as 70 Covid-19 cases confirmed, with medical staff among possible infected
Hong Kong fourth wave: free Covid-19 tests for domestic helpers in bid to contain emerging coronavirus outbreak among migrant workers

Public health experts urge the government to regulate boarding houses for migrant workers, as the city confirms another 82 infections.

17 Dec 2020 - 3:38AM

Public health experts urge the government to regulate boarding houses for migrant workers, as the city confirms another 82 infections.

Hong Kong fourth wave: free Covid-19 tests for domestic helpers in bid to contain emerging coronavirus outbreak among migrant workers
Hong Kong fourth wave: three more killed by coronavirus as domestic helper boarding house outbreak sparks fears of virus spreading across city

The latest fatalities followed the three deaths reported on Monday, taking the toll this week to six and 123 in total.

16 Dec 2020 - 9:32AM

The latest fatalities followed the three deaths reported on Monday, taking the toll this week to six and 123 in total.

Hong Kong fourth wave: three more killed by coronavirus as domestic helper boarding house outbreak sparks fears of virus spreading across city
Explainer | Hong Kong coronavirus: tough social-distancing rules are being eased, here’s what is – and isn’t – allowed

Dine-in services at restaurants will now be available until 10pm, with a maximum of four people per table, but you still won't be able to get a drink at your favourite bar.

18 Feb 2021 - 4:04AM

Dine-in services at restaurants will now be available until 10pm, with a maximum of four people per table, but you still won't be able to get a drink at your favourite bar.

Hong Kong coronavirus: tough social-distancing rules are being eased, here’s what is – and isn’t – allowed