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Past articles by Victor:

Hong Kong boy, 7, infected with H9 avian flu after Shenzhen trip, Asia News

A seven-year-old boy in Hong Kong has been infected with H9 bird flu, adding to the health woes in a city already fearing a wider outbreak of the deadly coronavirus. The Centre for Health Protection on Friday confirmed that the boy's nasal swab tested positive for the strain of avian flu, with the subtype still to be determined. The boy had recently returned to the city from mainland China. The… → Read More

Coronavirus: Why won't Carrie Lam shut Hong Kong's border with mainland China?, Asia News

As more countries ban visitors from mainland China, Hong Kong's government has stuck by its determination to only curb the cross-border flow of people, and not shut checkpoints completely. In the face of mounting opposition and increasing calls from across the political divide, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has repeatedly dismissed demands for a full border closure, citing… → Read More

Coronavirus: Private sector doctors cross picket lines to help at public hospitals, Asia News

Amid a manpower crunch worsened by a strike of Hong Kong health care workers, more than 135 doctors from the Association of Private Medical Specialists of Hong Kong, a local union representing about 1,200 private practitioners, agreed to cross picket lines on Monday, with some already beginning to treat patients at the city's public hospitals. The news came as more than 300 current and retired… → Read More

Hong Kong man arrested, suspected of killing sick wife 'to end her suffering', Asia News

A Hong Kong man was arrested on suspicion of murdering his terminally ill wife at home to end her suffering from cancer, police sources said on Thursday. The case came to light when the 56-year-old man called police soon after 3.30am that day, saying his 54-year-old wife had passed out in the couple's flat at Pat Leung Building on Lee Man Road, Ap Lei Chau. When officers arrived, they found his… → Read More

Hong Kong: More than 500 doctors, health workers join calls for border closure, Asia News

More than 500 doctors, nurses and health care professionals in Hong Kong public hospitals have threatened to go on strike after penning strongly worded letters to officials, demanding immediate action to close the city's borders with mainland China. Frontline staff in the overburdened local medical sector also complained about a "dangerous working environment" amid the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak… → Read More

Hong Kong government must 'listen to the people' in Year of Rat: Fortune stick, Asia News

A rural leader drew a prophecy urging the Hong Kong government to "listen to the people" at a fortune stick ritual on Sunday, following months of protests against Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's administration. Kenneth Lau Ip-keung, also a pro-Beijing legislator, said "fairness and justice" offered a way out of the social unrest gripping the city as he interpreted the omen for the Year of the Rat. → Read More

More than 2 million Hongkongers show signs of PTSD, study finds, Asia News

More than 2 million, or almost one in three, Hong Kong adults have shown symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder during the prolonged civil unrest in the city, a study published in a leading medical journal has found. The number was six times higher than four years ago, just after the Occupy protests had ended. University of Hong Kong academics, who conducted the study, urged the government… → Read More

Social media chat groups make for happier families, survey finds, Digital News

Hong Kong families which communicate and interact on social media chat groups lead happier lives than those which do not, a survey has found. But researchers from the University of Hong Kong warned against spamming family members with more than 20 messages a day, saying happiness and quality of communication would decrease beyond that optimal amount. The poll, carried out by the university’s… → Read More

Hong Kong officer who shot protester gets death threats against children, police say, Asia News

The Hong Kong police officer who shot a student protester in Sai Wan Ho on Monday morning was doxxed and received death threats against his children after the incident, according to the force. The incident, in which three live rounds were fired from a service revolver, also prompted parents and former students of his daughters' school to write to the management to ask if the officer was still… → Read More

Hong Kong teenager has abortion following claim of gang-rape in police station, Asia News

A Hong Kong teenager who claims she was gang-raped in a police station in a report filed by her lawyer in October, had an abortion on Friday, but police say their investigations do not match the allegations. "The allegation is serious. The case has been passed to the New Territories South regional crime squad for investigation," a police statement said on Saturday evening. "But so far, the… → Read More

Hong Kong public toilets are 'reservoirs of drug-resistant bacteria', Asia News

Researchers have dubbed hand hygiene facilities in Hong Kong's public washrooms "reservoirs of drug-resistant bacteria", after finding 52 bacterial species, some harmful to humans, in them. Scholars warned on Tuesday of "recontamination risks" for those using public toilets, as they revealed 87 per cent of the Staphylococcus species in tested samples were resistant to at least one first-line… → Read More

Water cannons deployed as Hong Kong protesters test new tactics, Asia News

Sudden chaos descended on the bustling streets of Tsim Sha Tsui on Tuesday night, as riot police deployed water cannons to disperse radical anti-government protesters who barricaded roads and vandalised shops, demonstrating their new "flash mob" tactics. Demonstrators, mainly masked and wearing black, occupied a section of Chatham Road South, after setting up barricades on several side streets… → Read More

Masked men claiming to be from disciplined services take aim at Hong Kong police, Asia News

Four men claiming to be members of Hong Kong's disciplined services joined a group of masked protesters and two civil servants for a press conference on Monday to condemn alleged police brutality during the ongoing anti-government protests. The four, who were masked, said they were from the fire service, immigration, and customs departments, and were taking part in such an event for the first… → Read More

Protester arrested for attempted murder of policeman is Hong Kong pupil, Asia News

A Form Six pupil in Hong Kong has been charged for wounding with intent for allegedly slashing a sergeant's neck with a box cutter during Sunday's anti-government protests. → Read More

Home-made bomb aimed to kill or maim Hong Kong police officers, force says, Asia News

Radicals detonated a home-made explosive remotely on Sunday with the intent of killing and maiming police officers, the force revealed yesterday as it condemned the weekend's escalation of protest violence, during which an officer was also slashed in the neck and two others severely assaulted. Deploring the "life-threatening, reckless and ruthless" acts of violence unleashed on the city's… → Read More

Hong Kong police deny misconduct accusations, including arson and grinning officers, Asia News

Hong Kong's police force denied accusations of misconduct on Monday after coming under fire for several incidents over the weekend, including an officer posing as a protester who fired a live round after being attacked. Senior Superintendent Kelvin Kong Wing-cheung also rejected claims that undercover officers set fire to the Wan Chai MTR station on Sunday. → Read More

Move over Harry Potter, Hong Kong's quidditch players are looking for the elusive 'snitch', China News

Every weekend, Kelvin Ng Wai-hei and his Hong Kong quidditch teammates put makeshift broomsticks between their legs and dash across the field at Happy Valley Sports Ground in pursuit of a "golden snitch". Ng, 27, a procurer for a skincare company, is coach of the 24-strong team owing to his two years of playing the game, derived from the popular Harry Potter novels. Three years after the game… → Read More

Proposed changes to law would allow Hongkongers 'right to die', Asia News

Rapidly greying Hong Kong is taking steps to let people decide the treatment they receive when they become terminally ill, and to choose where they prefer to die. Proposed changes to the law unveiled on Friday would allow people to draw up an advance medical directive - commonly referred to as a "living will" - to specify they do not want treatment that will prolong their life when they are… → Read More

Ethnic minorities harassed and accused of Yuen Long attack, Asia News

Ethnic minority groups in Hong Kong have become the target of harassment and discrimination with some forced to close businesses and stay home after internet users suggested members of the community were behind the vicious Yuen Long attack last week. In one case, a group of Nepali men living in Yuen Long suddenly found themselves being confronted by locals on the street on the night of July 21,… → Read More

Key figure behind Yuen Long march arrested by Hong Kong police, Asia News

Police have arrested a proponent of Saturday's march in Hong Kong for organising an unlawful assembly, which hundreds of thousands of protesters were estimated to have joined despite it being banned by the force. Max Chung Kin-ping, 39, was among the 14 people the police have so far arrested for the protest in Yuen Long. The others were arrested unauthorised assembly, possession of offensive… → Read More