Grayson Perry’s End Of Covid Bell

Book now for THE GENTLE AUTHOR’S TOUR OF SPITALFIELDS Installation at the Royal Academy The Royal Academy Summer Show opens today which features the public debut of Grayson Perry’s ‘End of Covid Bell’ that he made in support of our ongoing campaign to Save the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. This is the first of an ambitious … Read more

Macau casino stocks slump as Covid restrictions, mass testing kick in

Macau casino stocks slumped on Monday as the Chinese gaming hub battled a Covid-19 outbreak that has prompted tightened social distancing restrictions and mass testing. The sector has been hammered by the pandemic, with vital tourism revenues wiped out by some of the world’s harshest measures to tackle the virus – including tough border controls, … Read more

John Lee’s cabinet: Security law head chosen as Hong Kong’s no.2, ‘Covid zero’ advocate to become health chief

Beijing has appointed the cabinet of incoming leader John Lee, with Hong Kong’s security law chief becoming his no.2 and a “Covid zero” advocate taking on the role of health chief. See also: Explainer: Meet Hong Kong’s new top officials, chosen by incoming leader John Lee Seven new top officials were appointed from outside the … Read more

Hong Kong tweaks Covid rules, two weeks ahead of July 1 celebrations

Hong Kong is tweaking Covid-19 rules again, two weeks ahead of a rumored visit by China’s Xi Jinping for the July 1 Handover anniversary celebrations. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the risk of death or severe symptoms was low due to high immunity following the Omicron outbreak, but it was important to avoid “large-scale eruptions … Read more

China Covid pass system allegedly used to block protest, sparking furious condemnation online

Authorities in central China allegedly used the country’s powerful Covid tracking system to stop an anticipated protest, state media reported, sparking furious condemnation online on Wednesday. China relies on a vast coronavirus surveillance infrastructure to carry out rigorous contact tracing as part of its zero-covid strategy to stamp out all outbreaks. See more Suspicion of … Read more

BREAKING: Hongkongers must show a negative rapid Covid test to enter bars or clubs amid clusters

Hong Kong residents visiting bars and clubs will soon have to show a negative Covid-19 test result from the past 24 hours in order to gain entry. Announcing the requirement at a press conference on Tuesday, health chief Sophia Chan said the new policy was in light of outbreaks at nightlife establishments in recent days. … Read more

Changes to Covid measures up to next gov’t, says outgoing Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam

Changes to Covid-related restrictions and a proposed pay rise for civil servants will be handled by the city’s next administration, outgoing Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said. Chief Executive Carrie Lam meeting the press on June 14, 2022. Photo: Tom Grundy / HKFP. The pandemic dominated Lam’s last weekly press briefing as leader … Read more

Beijing tightens Covid restrictions again over ‘ferocious’ bar cluster

Beijing started a new round of mass testing in its most populous downtown district on Monday after a rapidly spreading outbreak linked to a bar saw Covid rules tightened again in the capital. China is the last major economy still committed to a zero-covid strategy, stamping out new cases with a combination of targeted lockdowns, … Read more

Hong Kong health experts say focus should shift to severity of Covid cases, as Omicron subvariants spread

Hong Kong health officials have said that a rise in Covid-19 cases was expected, while experts have urged the focus to be placed on the severity of infections, rather than their numbers, as more cases of Omicron subvariants were identified. Medics wore infection prevention gears when taking care of patients outside Prince of Wales Hospital. … Read more

Hong Kong Covid cases rise but death rate stable, as business leader calls for opening of borders

A health official has said that Covid-19 is spreading across the city, as Hong Kong records a second consecutive day of some 800-odd new infections. However, no related deaths were reported. “We do not rule out further increases [in coronavirus cases], ”The Center for Health Protection’s Chuang Shuk-kwan said at a daily Covid-19 press briefing … Read more