Covid-19: ‘No need to worry,’ Hong Kong health expert says; lockdown at Kennedy Town estate uncovers 22 cases

Top Hong Kong microbiologists have urged residents not to worry after health authorities on Thursday said “very high viral loads” had been found in sewage samples from a public housing estate in Kennedy Town. An overnight lockdown at the estate identified 22 Covid-19 cases. Sai Wan Estate. Photo: Peter Lee / HKFP. A total of … Read more

Covid-19: Yuen Long restaurant cluster expands to 23 as Hong Kong records another 280 cases overall

A Covid-19 cluster at a Yuen Long restaurant has expanded to 23, with three more customers testing positive for the virus. The three – aged 71 to 76 – had developed mild symptoms, said the Center for Health Protection’s Chuang Shuk-kwan. They had previously dined at Peony Golden Court. Peony Golden Court in Yuen Long. … Read more

Murders, child abuse and deception cases rise in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has seen a drop in cases of robbery, criminal damage and serious drug offenses in the first quarter of 2022, while homicides, child abuse, deception and blackmail cases rose, the police have said. Photo: Candice Chau / HKFP. The latest crime statistics released on Wednesday revealed that a total of 13,866 crimes were … Read more

90 court cases related to 2019 Hong Kong protests took 300 to 400 days to conclude

It took 300 to 400 days for some 90 court cases related to the 2019 protests to reach a conclusion, Hong Kong’s security secretary has revealed in a written reply to the Legislative Council (LegCo). A scene in the 2019 anti-extradition protest. File photo: May James / HKFP. Secretary for Security Chris Tang responded to … Read more

Equality watchdog defends stance on ‘brownface’ after chairman claims not all discriminatory cases

The Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has doubled down on its chairperson’s earlier statement that darkening one’s skin tone for imitation purposes is not always discriminatory. “It is not sufficient to assess whether the use of ‘brownface’ will constitute vilification, harassment or discrimination without a thorough examination of the facts and context of the … Read more

Shanghai gov’t reports 400,000 Covid cases and 25 deaths as lockdown set to ease

Shanghai logged eight official Covid-19 deaths on Thursday, reporting a mounting death toll even as daily cases appear to be tapering off and some residents are finally free to venture outside under an easing lockdown. China’s largest city and commercial engine is inching towards reopening after weeks-long restrictions kept most of its 25 million people … Read more

Hong Kong law firm Vidler & Co, which handled protest-related cases, to close after 19 years

A Hong Kong law firm which handled multiple cases related to the 2019 protests is to cease practicing soon, the umbrella group representing the city’s solicitors announced on Thursday. The Law Society of Hong Kong notified members that Vidler & Co. intended to cease practice on June 3 after 19 years of operations. File photo: … Read more

Hong Kong expert predicts difficulties in achieving zero Covid cases; in-person teaching resumes at schools

A top University of Hong Kong medic has said that Hong Kong will struggle to achieve zero Covid cases, though he expects the city’s declining number of cases could fall to double figures. A man rests in Chater Garden in Central. File photo: Hillary Leung / HKFP. Meanwhile, a Hong Kong hospital has found that … Read more

More than 80% of Hong Kong’s 2019 protest-related cases concluded, gov’t doc reveals

More than 80 per cent of some 2,000 court cases linked to the 2019 protests triggered by the now-axed extradition bill have been concluded at different levels of court in Hong Kong, documents submitted to the legislature have revealed. Hong Kong protesters photographed in 2019. Photo: Todd R. Darling / HKFP. As of February 28, … Read more

China reports 20,000 Covid-19 cases, its highest daily tally since pandemic began

China reported over 20,000 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, the highest daily tally given since the start of the pandemic, with Shanghai the heart of the virus surge despite being in lockdown. The country’s “zero-covid” strategy has come under immense strain as spike cases. An officer wearing personal protective gear rides a scooter during a Covid-19 … Read more