Shanghai has achieved zero-Covid, health official says, but millions in Chinese city remain in lockdown

Shanghai on Tuesday declared it had achieved “zero-Covid” across all its districts, sparking derision on social media as millions in China’s biggest city remained under lockdown. Confronted with its worst outbreak since the beginning of the pandemic, China – the last major economy still closed off to the world – put the city of 25 … 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: ‘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

Hong Kong’s public swimming pools to reopen later than announced; health expert calls Covid-19 ‘endemic’

Hong Kong’s public swimming pools will not reopen on Thursday as expected, after the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) said that it was conducting filtration and sterilization at the city’s 38 government-owned pools. In a statement issued on Tuesday night, hours after Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that swimming pools would be among the … Read more

Covid-19: Scrap masks for outdoor activities, Hong Kong experts urge; gov’t health official advises against

Wearing a mask while exercising outdoors has little impact on the risk of Covid-19 transmission, Hong Kong health experts have said, with one saying the mandate did “more harm than good.” However, a government official has said that residents must wear masks while outside or in contact with others. Children doing exercise with masks on. … Read more

Covid-19: Health experts urge Hong Kong gov’t to provide free test kits to students ahead of in-person class resumption

Most Hong Kong families will be expected to cover the cost of daily rapid Covid-19 tests required from students when in-person classes resume out of their own pockets, an education official said on Tuesday. However, health experts have urged the government to provide free test kits. Speaking on an RTHK program on Tuesday morning, the … Read more

Mental Health Initiatives To Watch In 2022

With their innovative startup ideas, entrepreneurs are eradicating the stigma associated with mental illness. As the pandemic hit the world in 2019, it has caused a significant impact on people’s lifestyles, and we are constantly overwhelmed with worry and fear. This led to depression and anxiety for many as people began working from home and … Read more

Access to online mental health support can help those in need, University of Hong Kong program finds

Online consultations with psychiatrists can significantly help those with mental health issues as they are more accessible to patients, a University of Hong Kong pilot program has found. A secondary teacher holding an online zoom lesson in an empty classroom. File photo: May James / HKFP. During a press briefing on Monday, HKU’s Department of … Read more

Our health system faces raft of challenges as Omicron hits

China is battling its biggest spike in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with millions under lockdown and the healthcare system feeling the pressure. One of the last countries sticking to a zero-Covid strategy, China aims to stamp out every infection with strict lockdowns and by sending all cases to secure facilities. A … Read more