Victor Ting
Senior Reporter, Hong Kong
Victor Ting is a reporter who covers Hong Kong health and welfare news at the Post.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Authorities confirm Post report, with health minister Lo Chung-mau and scientific committee to review application to make available BioNTech jab for youngsters.