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Recent articles by Victor:

How Covid-19 further entrenched income, health, racial and educational inequalities across Hong Kong

Society’s most vulnerable have suffered disproportionately during the pandemic, with many low-paying jobs gone, parents and their children confined to tiny homes, and domestic helpers and the poor elderly at heightened risk of exposure. The government’s response has worsened their plight, experts say. → Read More

HK 4th wave: Health chiefs warn of potentially ‘explosive outbreak’ of COVID-19, as 101 new cases confirmed

Hong Kong could face an “explosive outbreak” soon if COVID-19 cases and untraceable infections remained high, a health official warned, as 101 new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Saturday, the fourth time this week a triple-digit number was logged. → Read More

Coronavirus: Hong Kong's fourth wave has started, two top infectious disease experts warn, China News

Two of Hong Kong’s top infectious disease experts advising the government on the coronavirus pandemic warned on Thursday that the city’s fourth wave of Covid-19 had begun and called for urgent action, after health officials reported more than 30 confirmed and preliminary infections across various districts and sectors. All non-essential indoor gatherings should be postponed with immediate effect… → Read More

What caused Hong Kong's latest flurry of local Covid-19 cases?, China News

Home quarantine, false negative airport testing and lax supervision of hotel isolation could be behind the latest surge in community Covid-19 infections, after a study found a quarter of recently imported cases were not detected on arrival. Dr Gilman Siu Kit Hang, the Polytechnic University academic who led the research, also warned that Hong Kong was on the cusp of... → Read More

Kindergartens to close after Hong Kong schools record 179 common cold clusters, China News

Hong Kong kindergartens will close for two weeks from Saturday due to 179 outbreaks of upper respiratory tract infections affecting nearly 2,000 pupils and staff, the government has confirmed. Fearing a combined onslaught of Covid-19 and other respiratory illnesses this winter, Secretary for Food and Health Professor Sophia Chan Siu-chee on Thursday said the shutdown was necessary to minimise… → Read More

Coronavirus: public health experts urge Hongkongers not to panic as hundreds line up for Covid-19 screening in Tai Po

Chinese University expert David Hui says situation in Tai Po a ‘lot less severe’ than what was seen in Wong Tai Sin during third wave of pandemic. → Read More

Revelers return to HK’s nightlife hotspots to celebrate Halloween amid small protests

Party-goers flood bar districts in Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Wan Chai and Mong Kok, some paying no respect to social-distancing rules. Meanwhile, muted demonstrations were staged in parts of city to show solidarity with Thailand’s protesters and mark 14 months of a police operation at MTR station. → Read More

Hong Kong to ease curbs on religious and sports activities, 10 new Covid-19 cases recorded, China News

Hong Kong’s four-person limit on public groups is expected to be retained when the government’s de facto cabinet reviews anti-pandemic measures on Tuesday, but larger gatherings for religious activities and contact sports will be allowed again. The city recorded 10 new Covid-19 infections on Monday, the first double-digit increase in more than a week of improving figures, even as the... → Read More

How can the world avoid another coronavirus pandemic? Data could be the answer, China News

A sewage monitoring programme, an early warning digital system for chest scans and a data-driven campaign to fight falsehoods are among answers to future pandemics as top universities, tech giants, leading businesses and NGOs launch a bid to harness data and protect people in a post-Covid-19 world. A coalition of 20 founding members on Monday launched the Trinity Challenge focusing... → Read More

Hong Kong third wave: public gatherings limited to two people, dining at restaurants banned as record 145 Covid-19 cases recorded

The new restrictions, which include compulsory mask-wearing outside, will take effect on Wednesday and last for at least one week. → Read More

Hong Kong Covid-19 caseload hits record 118 and another patient dies, China News

Hong Kong battles third wave of coronavirus infections The latest wave of the coronavirus pandemic battering Hong Kong is growing with a record 118 cases emerging on Thursday, setting a high for the second day running, and another patient dying. Of the new Covid-19 infections, 111 were locally transmitted, taking the city's overall tally to 2,249 with 15 related deaths.... → Read More

How did Hong Kong's third wave of Covid-19 infections start?, China News

Groups that were overlooked could be behind Hong Kong’s recent surge in coronavirus cases, experts have said, with the Post finding that three in 10 imported Covid-19 infections came from sea or aircrew members, while one in four came from domestic helpers. As the city grapples with the third wave of a health crisis threatening to spin beyond control, doctors... → Read More

Coronavirus: Cathay Pacific flight attendant among three potentially new cases of infection in Hong Kong

Trio’s preliminary tests all positive and confirmation would take number of cases in city to 123. Cathay employee had just returned from Madrid, while two other cases involve people on trip to Egypt alongside government worker who was confirmed as being infected on Tuesday. → Read More

Coronavirus: four more confirmed cases in Hong Kong, bringing total to 113

First case is a 76-year-old man who recently visited India, another is a 41-year-old British national who recently visited Japan and London. → Read More

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