HKFP Guide: Hong Kong’s latest Covid-19 social distancing rules – frequently asked questions

The Hong Kong government has tightened Covid-19 social distancing rules following the outbreak of a fifth wave of infections led by the highly contagious but less lethal Omicron variant. HKFP has rounded up and answered questions from our readers about the latest regulations. Last update: May 19, 2022. See also: HKFP Guide: Hong Kong’s Covid-19 … Read more

Hong Kong bars, reopen clubs; restaurants allowed to operate until midnight as Covid-19 rules ease

Hong Kong saw another round of Covid-19 rules loosened on Thursday, with bars reopening and restaurants allowed to operate until midnight. Bars in Lan Kwai Fong. Photo: GovHK. The relaxations follow months of restrictions in place to curb the city’s fifth and worst pandemic wave. Besides bars, other businesses kept closed during the fifth wave … Read more

Over 85% of elderly carers in Hong Kong showed signs of depression amid Covid-19, survey finds

More than 80 per cent of caregivers who look after the elderly in Hong Kong indicated signs of depression during the fifth and deadliest wave of Covid-19 in the city to date, a survey has found. An elderly and her caretaker photographed outside the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin. File photo: Hillary Leung … Read more

Covid-19: Experts divided on tightening Hong Kong Vaccine Pass requirements

Top Hong Kong officials and advisors have rejected calls to relax the Covid-19 Vaccine Pass system, after University of Hong Kong (HKU) epidemiologists Ben Cowling and Theo Chan wrote in an op-ed that the vaccine mandate for listed premises should be dropped for the under 60s. From February 24, residents aged over 11 have been … Read more

Covid-19: Hong Kong gov’t pays out HK $ 2 million for ‘indeterminate’ case of post-vaccine death

A fund set up by the Hong Kong government to compensate those who suffered from adverse reactions to Covid-19 vaccinations paid out HK $ 2 million in a case relating to a post-vaccination death, an official document has revealed. Covid-19 vaccine. File photo: GovHK. The Legislative Council approved the HK $ 1 billion fund to … Read more

Covid-19: Hong Kong leader confirms next phase of Vaccine Pass to go ahead as health experts urge relaxation

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has confirmed that the next phase of Hong Kong’s Covid-19 Vaccine Pass will go ahead as scheduled on May 31, despite experts urging the government to relax the requirement for those under 60. Lam’s confirmation came on Tuesday after two University of Hong Kong (HKU) medics wrote an opinion piece in … Read more

Covid-19: Hong Kong could face sixth wave in 2 weeks, HKU medical expert says

Hong Kong could face a sixth wave of Covid-19 in two weeks’ time, Gabriel Leung, the dean of the University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) medical school, has said, according to local media. According to HK01 and RTHK, Leung said during an internal HKU medical faculty meeting on Saturday that the city could see another wave … Read more

90% of Hong Kong bus staff saw income fall during Covid-19, survey shows, as unions call for pay rise

Two labor have groups called on bus companies to give staff a pay rise, adding that employees’ base salaries have been frozen for two years and they have had their hours slashed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Representatives from two groups representing bus company employees at a press conference on May 13, 2022. Photo: Chau Siu-chung, … Read more

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: Entire public housing estate locked down in Kennedy Town after ‘very high’ viral load found in sewage

Hong Kong health authorities have locked down an entire public housing estate in Kennedy Town after recording a “very high” Covid-19 viral load in sewage samples, indicating a new cluster of cases. The announcement followed an unusual warning from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) ‘s medical faculty, warning its students and staff to refrain … Read more