Former health secretary says successful primary care will see fewer patients going to hospital
Only wet goods stalls for farmers to sell flowers will be allowed at 2023 fair, says authorities.
But Professor Ivan Hung says Hong Kong has a strong level of immunity against coronavirus subvariants, like XBB, which derive from commonly found local strains.
More chlorine has been added to water at treatment facilities and UV light disinfection technology will be installed.
The amendments will be submitted to the Legislative Council for negative vetting, meaning lawmakers will vote on them after legislation takes effect.
Health chief Lo Chung-mau says measures are meant to highlight importance of vaccination against respiratory diseases, especially Covid-19 and flu.
Chief Executive John Lee calls for change to avoid overreliance on public hospitals, and to shift treatment-oriented approach to focus on community prevention.
Top advisers approve move at Tuesday’s Exco meeting, with authorities earlier indicating more social-distancing curbs would also be eased on Thursday.
Testing orders uncovered on average 29 infections for every 100 blocks during first four waves and 46 in fifth one, University of Hong Kong team finds, calling strategy inefficient.
Authorities report 15 cases of infectious disease in West Kowloon between August and September.
Secretary for Health Lo Chung-mau also reveals four meetings have been held with mainland officials to advance ‘reverse quarantine’ plan.
Data proves efficacy of German-made vaccine against original strain of virus as well as Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, Professor David Hui says.
‘On the road to normalcy, we hope we won’t go back and forth when we roll out policies,’ Undersecretary for Health Libby Lee says.
Secretary for health approves use of vaccine for younger children as new XBB.1 coronavirus variant detected in city for first time.
Chief Executive John Lee also says keeping the Covid situation under control will provide ‘a much stronger basis’ in talks on reopening border with mainland China.
City records first Omicron XBB. 1 subvariant, involving an imported case, but health experts caution against undue alarm
Online sessions allow doctors to see more patients, who save on travel and waiting time too.
Testing of arrivals essential to guard against new variants, such as BA. 2.75, which has fuelled surge in cases in Singapore, Centre for Health Protection warns.
War in Ukraine blamed as airline ends flights between Hong Kong and London’s Heathrow airport.
New statutory body will have its own funds and power to make decisions independently, source says
About 50,000 unvaccinated children are set to be barred from entering restaurants and other premises covered by the scheme.
First and largest study shows traditional therapy helped patients suffering from fatigue, coughing and shortness of breath.
About 88 per cent of children aged five to 11 have had at least one dose of vaccine, which meets the new standard.
John Lee reveals more than 40 people breached health code since August, while 8 to 9 per cent of residents subject to compulsory testing did not comply in past two months.
Government pandemic adviser Ivan Hung says conditions ripe to relax curbs, while Medical Association’s Joseph Tsang argues review of local rules is logical next step after hotel quarantine dropped.
Long-awaited move signals lifting of one of the world’s toughest anti-pandemic regimes, in force for more than two years.
Lo Chung-mau and officials urge residents to get vaccinated against influenza ahead of seasonal surge, assuring public the shots can be combined with doses for Covid.
Lo Chung-mau vows that any abuses of Covid jab exemption system will not be tolerated; promises criminal and professional investigations
Authorities confirm Post report, with health minister Lo Chung-mau and scientific committee to review application to make available BioNTech jab for youngsters.
Insider says local distributor of German-made vaccine has provided clinical data to health authorities, launching weeks-long approval process.