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Recent articles by Phila:

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

Coronavirus: Hong Kong travel agencies cancel Thailand tours amid fresh confusion over quarantine requirements

Two major Hong Kong travel agencies have cancelled tours to Thailand for the rest of the month amid deepening confusion over the country’s quarantine requirements for arrivals from the city and other jurisdictions. → 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

Coronavirus: hundreds protest against Hong Kong quarantine sites in five locations near residential estates

Hundreds of Hongkongers launched protests in five locations on Sunday against government plans to set up quarantine centres or screening clinics near their estates, amid the coronavirus outbreak in the city. → Read More

Coronavirus: put a surgical mask on, Hong Kong welfare chief Law Chi-kwong told

Law says he has driven to work and avoided crowds, and so sees no need to don the face covering. But a leading disease expert says he should be wearing one because of the common areas he has to use at government headquarters. → Read More

Coronavirus: nine members of same family confirmed with disease in Hong Kong after sharing hotpot and barbecue meal

Health authorities in Hong Kong warn of ‘major difficulties’ in tracing possible virus carriers because some might only show mild flu-like symptoms at an early stage. → Read More

Coronavirus: thousands more cruise passengers might have been exposed to deadly infection

Thousands more people than previously thought might have been exposed to the deadly coronavirus, after a cruise line admitted one of its ships had sailed four times since carrying eight mainland Chinese passengers infected with the disease. → Read More

Hong Kong medical workers draw fortune sticks to decide who works in coronavirus quarantine wards

Doctor says he and his colleagues have been put under intense pressure with the emergence of the new virus. → Read More

Hong Kong protests: tear gas fired, arrests as rally for universal suffrage in Central descends into chaos

Several rounds of tear gas fired after police shut down event in Chater Garden, Central. → Read More

Hong Kong protests: ‘rioters’ should apologise for damaging city, police chief Chris Tang says, while conceding force could have handled unrest better

Commissioner of Police Chris Tang made the remarks at two-hour grilling by Central and Western District Council members, while rejecting calls for force to apologise for alleged violence during months of social unrest. → Read More

Hong Kong protests: thousands join rally in Central to demand universal suffrage in upcoming election

Thousands of people joined a rally in Hong Kong’s business district on Sunday to demand universal suffrage in the legislative election in September, urging the international community to impose sanctions on the authorities if their calls fall on deaf ears. → Read More

Man arrested for smashing HSBC cheque deposit machine in Hong Kong branch

Two men were spotted smashing cheque deposit machine’s screen with hammers at Sheung Shui Centre branch although the motive remains unclear. → Read More

Man arrested after Hong Kong shop worker killed following theft of two cans of beer

A 27-year-old unemployed man has been arrested in Hong Kong in connection with the murder of a convenience store worker who was attacked following the theft of two cans of beers worth HK$31 (US$4) from his shop on Saturday evening. → Read More

Self-harm and broken hearts: the love lives of Hong Kong’s teens laid bare in new survey

Study by Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups lifts lid on love lives of city’s children → Read More

American man Mikhy Farrera Brochez who leaked HIV data a ‘pathological liar’, says Singapore government

The American man being pursued by authorities for leaking data on thousands of people with HIV is a “pathological liar”, the Singapore government said on Wednesday, as it shot down Mikhy Farrera Brochez’s new allegations of abuse and denial of medical treatment while imprisoned in the city state.... → Read More

Mainland Chinese tourists prefer Australia, Japan and Singapore over Hong Kong, survey finds, citing outdoor attractions

Mainland Chinese tourists prefer visiting Australia, Japan and Singapore over Hong Kong, a survey has found, citing a preference for outdoor and nature activities in these places.... → Read More

Mainland Chinese visitors drive Hong Kong’s tourist numbers to record high of 65.1 million

Mainland Chinese visitors were the driving force that pushed Hong Kong’s tourist arrivals to a record high of 65.1 million last year, even as the Tourism Board rolled out a series of initiatives to counter what it expected to be a “bumpy and unpredictable” 2019.... → Read More

Hong Kong retail sales jump 8.8 per cent to US$62.2 billion in 2018 but industry body warns US-China trade war may mean leaner times are ahead

Hong Kong retail sales grew 8.8 per cent to HK$485.2 billion (US$62.2 billion) last year, the biggest increase since 2013, although the industry warned of sluggish growth in 2019 because of the US-China trade war.... → Read More

Eligibility rules for Hong Kong’s electric car trade-in scheme should be scrapped, owners say

Hong Kong motorists have called on the government to scrap eligibility rules for a HK$250,000 tax break when they trade in a petrol car for an electric one, saying there are easy ways around them anyway.... → Read More

‘Rampant bullying’ among Hong Kong public hospital staff adds to tensions in sector reeling from manpower shortage

Staff members of Hong Kong’s public hospitals are calling on authorities to set up policies against “rampant” workplace bullying, with 82 medical workers seeking a union’s help over the past two years.... → Read More