Hong Kong Local Fri, 22 Jan 2021 17:21:27 +0800Jordan housing block outbreak is worrying: officials
Health officials say they will send experts to investigate a Covid-19 outbreak at Kensington Plaza in Jordan, after residents in several flats there came down with the coronavirus.
This came as Hong Kong reported 61 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, 55...Fri, 22 Jan 2021 17:04:35 +0800RTHK strips Nabela Qoser of civil service contract
RTHK journalist Nabela Qoser, who enraged pro-government figures with her tough questioning of officials during the 2019 protests, has had her civil service contract terminated, the station's staff union said on Friday.
Qoser, an assistant programme...Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:18:41 +0800HK doctors prefer Chinese Covid vaccine: survey
A pro-government healthcare workers' group and four unions in the medical sector say a survey they've carried out suggests Hong Kong doctors, nurses and dentists prefer China's Sinovac coronavirus jabs to those developed overseas.
Medical Conscience...Fri, 22 Jan 2021 15:01:29 +0800No exodus of US capital from HK: AmCham chairwoman
The new chairwoman of the American Chamber of Commerce, Jessica Bartlett, said on Friday that she does not anticipate there will be a mass exodus of US capital from Hong Kong due to the implementation of the national security law last year.
Bartlet...Fri, 22 Jan 2021 14:46:26 +0800Motion of thanks for policy blueprint passes easily
A motion of thanks for Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s policy address was easily passed by the pro-government dominated Legislative Council on Friday, with all but two lawmakers voting in support of it.
Lawmakers praised the city’s leader for featu...Fri, 22 Jan 2021 13:04:20 +0800Govt to look into 'inaccurate' Covid test results
The Food and Health Bureau says it will look into a coronavirus case involving a patient who reportedly received false negative results through community testing in the Yau Tsim Mong district before eventually testing positive in hospital.
Dilip Ra...Fri, 22 Jan 2021 12:17:40 +0800Too late for Yau Ma Tei lockdown now: expert
An infectious disease expert on Friday urged the government to expand the scope of mandatory coronavirus tests in Yau Ma Tei, but rejected suggestions that residents should be made to stay at home until they get a negative result.
Leung Chi-chiu ma...Fri, 22 Jan 2021 07:35:00 +0800Govt still pursuing Sinovac vaccines: Sophia Chan
Health Secretary Sophia Chan has said the government hasn't given up on Covid vaccines from mainland manufacturer Sinovac, even though the product hasn’t been approved for emergency use yet due to insufficient clinical data.
A report released on T...Thu, 21 Jan 2021 21:32:23 +0800New Bar Association head seeks security law changes
The new chairman of Hong Kong's Bar Association, Paul Harris, on Thursday said he will campaign for changes to the national security law to try to convince foreign countries to reinstate extradition agreements with the SAR that were suspended over co...Thu, 21 Jan 2021 20:10:00 +0800Experts recommend phased approach for Covid vaccines
Experts advising the government on its Covid vaccination programme are recommending a phased approach, with residents and staff at care homes to get inoculated first, followed by healthcare workers and the elderly, before the programme is expanded to...Thu, 21 Jan 2021 18:11:49 +0800'Covid brings cleaner air but govt not doing enough'
A green group said on Thursday that despite improvements in air quality amid Covid-19 outbreaks last year, pollution levels are still far exceeding the limits set by the government.
Clean Air Network analysed data collected from both general and ro...Thu, 21 Jan 2021 18:03:34 +0800Tam Yiu-chung gets China jab, says he feels fine
Hong Kong's sole delegate to the National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC), Tam Yiu-chung, said on Thursday that he has been vaccinated against the coronavirus with a Chinese jab.
Tam, who is Beijing for an NPCSC meeting, said he was off...Thu, 21 Jan 2021 17:37:13 +0800Officials look into infection at Jordan care home
Health officials said on Wednesday they are investigating how an elderly resident in a small care home in Jordan got infected with Covid-19, despite not leaving the facility recently.
The 80-year-old man has tested preliminary positive for the virus...Thu, 21 Jan 2021 16:31:53 +0800Police make HK$40mn ketamine seizure
Police say they have seized ketamine with a street value of HK$40 million from an industrial unit in Kwai Chung.
The force said some 50 boxes containing 62 kilogrammes of the drug were found during an operation on Tuesday.
A 38-year-old man was arr...Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:48:39 +0800Coronavirus patient blasts inaccurate test results
A man who has come down with the coronavirus is urging the authorities to make sure their community testing services are up to standard, saying he and his three family members experienced delays in treatment because of false negative results.
Dilip ...Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:02:09 +0800Bright light helps 'night owl' depression patients
Researchers at Chinese University said on Thursday that they have developed a new therapy that helps treat some patients with depression - by shining bright light at those who are "night owls" and changing their biological clocks.
The research team...Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:05:15 +0800'Covid-19 remarks left minorities feeling targeted'
An advocacy group for ethnic minorities said on Thursday that local officials have to be more culturally sensitive, after comments by health authorities on the coronavirus outbreak in Yau Tsim Mong earlier this week left some people feeling targeted....Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:41:21 +0800Ronny Tong says UK is meddling with HK's judiciary
Executive councillor Ronny Tong has accused the UK of interfering in Hong Kong's judicial independence, after its foreign minister criticised a British barrister for taking up the prosecution of several pro-democracy figures for the SAR government.
...Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:42:22 +0800Yau Tsim Mong Covid outbreak 'could last for weeks'
Health officials said on Wednesday it could take up to two weeks before the coronavirus situation in Yau Tsim Mong district stabilises, as the number of cases there continued to climb.
Authorities reported 77 new Covid cases, 41 of them from Yau Tsi...Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:41:40 +0800Govt unveils plan to ease Kwun Tong traffic jams
The government has proposed building a network of elevated moving walkways in Kowloon East as part of a plan to ease traffic congestion and "shape a green community" in the area.
The proposal was revealed in papers submitted to the Legislative Coun...