Over 113,000 residents left city in 12 months, as Hong Kong sees largest mid-year population drop on record

Hong Kong’s population has dipped by 1.6 percent to around 7.29 million, with more than 113,000 residents leaving the city in the past year, according to government figures. The year-on-year drop was the largest percentage decline over a 12-month period since records began in 1961. The Census and Statistics Department released the latest mid-year population … Read more

Record high admission rate for Hong Kong universities amid reduced competition

Around 15,500 Hong Kong secondary school graduates have been accepted into local universities amid reduced competition, marking the highest admission rate since the city introduced a new university entrance examination 10 years ago. Chinese University of Hong Kong. Photo: GovHK. Close to 40,000 people who sought to enroll at local universities through the Joint University … Read more

Covid-19: Macau set to reopen as casino hub’s gaming revenue reaches record low

Macau was set to remove most coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday after the casino hub’s gaming revenue hit its lowest level on record. The former Portuguese colony is the only territory in China where casinos are allowed, and its multi-billion-dollar gaming industry was until recently bigger than Las Vegas. Macau. Photo: Hwan Hyeok Kim, via Flickr … Read more

Heatstroke should not be listed as an occupational disease, the minister says, as the city bakes in record July heat

Heatstroke should not be listed as an occupational disease, Hong Kong’s labor minister has said, despite calls from some unionists for the listing after the city suffered its hottest July day on record. Photo: Lea Mok/HKFP Secretary for Labor and Welfare Chris Sun said on RTHK on Thursday that it would “not be appropriate” to … Read more

3 deaths over weekend as Hong Kong sees hottest July on record; experts warn of link to climate crisis

Hong Kong is set to experience another sweltering week, with the Very Hot Weather Warning in force for the 12th day in a row. It is the fourth-longest period that the warning signal has been hoisted, with experts warning that the blistering heat is connected to the climate crisis. Temperatures soared above 35 degrees Celsius … Read more

China’s policies on Hong Kong receive record high ‘positive appraisal’ in Handover survey

More people in Hong Kong are reacting positively to China’s post-Handover policies regarding the city and feel a “sense of pride” as Chinese citizens, according to the latest poll results published by the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute (PORI) on Tuesday. Arrays of Chinese flags were hanged up over different parts of Hong Kong … Read more

‘I am not ashamed’: Hong Kong’s Lam defends record as lawmakers heap praise on departing leader

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said she is “not ashamed” of the record she leaves behind as her five-year term in office, marked by months of major street protests and subsequent crackdowns, draws to a close. Chief Executive Carrie Lam attending a Legislative Council Q&A session on June 9, 2022. Photo: Lea Mok / HKFP. … Read more

Covid-19: Hong Kong launches electronic record for recovered patients

Hong Kong has rolled out a new platform for people who have recovered from Covid-19 to apply to get an electronic record, which could be used to enter restaurants, shopping malls, supermarkets and other venues in lieu of vaccination proof. Photo: Kelly Ho / HKFP. The Hong Kong government announced on Tuesday that recovered Covid-19 … Read more

Satisfaction with Hong Kong’s press freedom drops to record low, poll finds

Hongkongers’ satisfaction with press freedom and media outlets in the city has dropped to a record low, a poll has found. The Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute (HKPORI) published the results of a telephone survey involving 1,004 respondents’ “appraisal of news media.” File photo: Tom Grundy / HKFP. The survey found that 28 per … Read more