Covid-19: 88-year-old woman in Hong Kong gov’t quarantine centre finally put in touch with family

Hong Kong authorities have finally put an 88-year-old mother in touch with her family after she was sent from her nursing home to a temporary quarantine centre. Following HKFP’s reporting, Jessica Denecke spoke to her mother at AsiaWorld-Expo after she was transferred from the Covid-hit Kwai Chung Estate on Sunday. A spokesperson from the Social … Continue reading “Covid-19: 88-year-old woman in Hong Kong gov’t quarantine centre finally put in touch with family”

Hong Kong sees overall crime rate increase in 2021 – fraud, child abuse up, but arson and assault down

Hong Kong saw its overall crime rate increase in 2021, with a rise in instances of fraud and drug smuggling, police said during an annual round-up of crime statistics on Thursday. The city recorded 64,248 cases of crime last year, up 1.9 per cent from 2020. Violent crimes including arson and assault fell. Crimes such … Continue reading “Hong Kong sees overall crime rate increase in 2021 – fraud, child abuse up, but arson and assault down”

Covid-19: Hong Kong reports a record 164 cases; social distancing measures to be extended till February 17

Hong Kong reported 164 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday – its highest since the pandemic began – with health officials warning there could be dozens of invisible transmission chains. The city has recorded around 100 infections in the past four days, which showed that “the virus has been very active in the community,” Edwin Tsui, … Continue reading “Covid-19: Hong Kong reports a record 164 cases; social distancing measures to be extended till February 17”

23 Hong Kong democrats facing national security charges return to court for marathon 12-hour session

A group of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists and former lawmakers accused of conspiracy to commit subversion under the Beijing-imposed national security law spent almost 12 hours in court on Thursday. Some were reportedly given only biscuits for dinner. Twenty-three of the 47 defendants charged a year ago over their involvement in a democratic primary election … Continue reading “23 Hong Kong democrats facing national security charges return to court for marathon 12-hour session”

Nominations for Hong Kong’s small-circle leadership election to open on Feb 20, 5 days later than expected

The nomination period for the small-circle chief executive election slated for March 27 will open on February 20, five days later than expected. Election officials have not explained the reason for the apparent delay. The window to nominate candidates vying to become the city’s next leader will be open from February 20 to March 5 … Continue reading “Nominations for Hong Kong’s small-circle leadership election to open on Feb 20, 5 days later than expected”

Hong Kong to shorten 21-day Covid-19 quarantine to 14 days for incoming travellers

Hong Kong will shorten its 21-day Covid-19 hotel quarantine requirement for incoming travellers to 14-days, Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Thursday. From February 5, incoming travellers will need to undergo a fortnight in a quarantine hotel followed by seven days of self-monitoring at home. The city has maintained a “zero-Covid” strategy and some of … Continue reading “Hong Kong to shorten 21-day Covid-19 quarantine to 14 days for incoming travellers”

Covid-19: 5-day lockdown extended at second Hong Kong public housing building

A five-day Covid-19 lockdown imposed on a block at a Kwai Chung public housing estate has been extended for two days after the Hong Kong government deemed it to have a “significant risk of infection.” Residents of Ying Kwai House must remain in their building and face daily testing until at least Saturday. The initial … Continue reading “Covid-19: 5-day lockdown extended at second Hong Kong public housing building”

Hong Kong double-decker KMB bus gobbled up by sinkhole at depot

A parked double-decker bus plunged into a five-metre sinkhole at around 5 a.m. on Thursday morning. Photos shared online showed the Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) vehicle with its front wheels hanging in the air, and the rear of the bus sunken into the hole, at the KMB Tseung Kwan O depot. Photo: HKIncident Group, via … Continue reading “Hong Kong double-decker KMB bus gobbled up by sinkhole at depot”

Hong Kong firefighters assist man sat precariously atop housing estate at centre of Covid outbreak

A man who was seen sitting precariously on a rooftop at a housing estate at the centre of a Covid-19 outbreak was helped down by firefighters on Thursday morning. Photo: HKIncident Group, via Facbeook.Photos and footage shared online showed him balanced atop Hiu Kwai House at Kwai Chung Estate. Photo: HK Hope China screenshot, via … Continue reading “Hong Kong firefighters assist man sat precariously atop housing estate at centre of Covid outbreak”

Director of Hong Kong children’s charity quits as alleged abuse scandal at care home grows

The Director of the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children (HKSPC) Susan Choy and the superintendent of one of its children’s homes have resigned after 20 staff members were arrested for allegedly abusing more than 35 toddlers. A report conducted by an independent review committee led by barrister Lester Garson Huang suggested that … Continue reading “Director of Hong Kong children’s charity quits as alleged abuse scandal at care home grows”

Hong Kong to ‘enhance’ spy law to prevent acts of ‘espionage and theft of state secrets,’ security chief says

Hong Kong will expand the scope of its anti-espionage ordinance to tackle activities that present a “threat” to national security. Security Secretary Chris Tang said in a Legislative Council meeting on Wednesday that an amended ordinance would prepare Hong Kong to face “the kinds of things we have seen since 2019.” Secretary for Security Chris … Continue reading “Hong Kong to ‘enhance’ spy law to prevent acts of ‘espionage and theft of state secrets,’ security chief says”

Trans men lose legal bid to change gender on Hong Kong ID without undergoing full surgery

The Hong Kong Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday that transgender people in the city cannot change the gender on their identity cards without undergoing full sex reassignment surgery (SRS). Chief Judge of the High Court Jeremy Poon, Vice President Susan Kwan, and Justice of Appeal Aarif Barma rejected the appeal filed by Q and … Continue reading “Trans men lose legal bid to change gender on Hong Kong ID without undergoing full surgery”

Ex-lawmaker jailed for 4 months for disclosing identity of Hong Kong police officer under investigation

Former Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting has been sentenced to four months in prison for disclosing the identity of a police superintendent who was under investigation by Hong Kong’s anti-corruption watchdog for his role in an attack in Yuen Long in 2019. Magistrate Jacky Ip at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts found the 44-year-old guilty on … Continue reading “Ex-lawmaker jailed for 4 months for disclosing identity of Hong Kong police officer under investigation”

Elections for Hong Kong’s 18 legislative panels all uncontested, except one

Only one position in the elections for the positions of chairperson and deputy chair for 18 Legislative Council (LegCo) panels was contested during the selection process on Tuesday. All chairpersons and 17 deputy chairs were selected by lawmakers within the panels without competition. The 18 panels are set up according to specific policy areas, such … Continue reading “Elections for Hong Kong’s 18 legislative panels all uncontested, except one”

China’s Xi Jinping meets IOC chief Bach ahead of Winter Olympics

by Jing Xuan Teng China’s President Xi Jinping had a rare pandemic-era encounter with a foreign visitor Tuesday when he met with Olympic chief Thomas Bach as the country readies to host the Winter Games. The meeting is expected to be the first of several for the Chinese president — who has not left the … Continue reading “China’s Xi Jinping meets IOC chief Bach ahead of Winter Olympics”

China restricts activists’ social media ahead of Winter Olympics

by Laurie Chen Human rights activists and some academics in China have had their WeChat messaging app accounts restricted in recent weeks, multiple people affected have told AFP, as Beijing cracks down on dissent before the Winter Olympics. China hopes to make next week’s Games a soft power triumph, although the lead-up has seen some Western powers launch … Continue reading “China restricts activists’ social media ahead of Winter Olympics”

Hong Kong CityU students’ union told to hand over 16 years of audit reports within 2 weeks, or face action

The City University of Hong Kong (CityU) Students’ Union has said it faces “the largest crisis since its establishment,” after the university demanded that it hand over 16 years of audit reports within two weeks and warned of possible punishment if the union did not comply. In a statement released on Sunday, the student organisation … Continue reading “Hong Kong CityU students’ union told to hand over 16 years of audit reports within 2 weeks, or face action”

Covid-19: Residents of Hong Kong estate under 5-day lockdown face job losses, income freezes

Unable to work or barred from going to work, residents of the Kwai Chung housing estate at the epicentre of the city’s Covid-19 outbreak have said they face job losses and income freezes. An online questionnaire surveyed 174 residents living in affected blocks at Kwai Chung Estate – including those who were subject to five-day … Continue reading “Covid-19: Residents of Hong Kong estate under 5-day lockdown face job losses, income freezes”

Covid-19: Third 5-day lockdown at housing estate as Lam says Hong Kong risks ‘tsunami-like’ outbreak

Another residential block at Kwai Chung Estate has been placed under a five-day lockdown, while a lockdown imposed on another building has been extended until Friday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced. A “tsunami-like” Covid-19 outbreak is looming over Hong Kong, she said, with the public housing complex recording more than 200 cases in just … Continue reading “Covid-19: Third 5-day lockdown at housing estate as Lam says Hong Kong risks ‘tsunami-like’ outbreak”

IOC to meet tennis star Peng Shuai at Beijing Winter Olympics following sexual assault allegations

The International Olympic Committee said on Thursday that it has spoken with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai again and plans to meet her in Beijing during next month’s Winter Games. Peng, a former world number one in doubles, has been the subject of worldwide concern since alleging in November that she had been “forced” into … Continue reading “IOC to meet tennis star Peng Shuai at Beijing Winter Olympics following sexual assault allegations”

China warns US to ‘stop interfering’ in Winter Olympics, as Beijing hopes for soft power triumph

by Laurie Chen China warned the United States to “stop interfering” in the Winter Olympics on Thursday, a week before the controversy-hit Games are due to start in Beijing. As the first city to host both a Winter and Summer Games, Beijing has been hoping to turn next week’s sports extravaganza into a soft power triumph.  … Continue reading “China warns US to ‘stop interfering’ in Winter Olympics, as Beijing hopes for soft power triumph”

Covid-19: Family of 88-year-old woman worry for her health, hygiene after she was sent to gov’t quarantine centre

By Selina Cheng & Candice Chau The family of an 88-year-old bedridden woman have lost contact with her since she was sent from an elderly nursing home linked to the Kwai Chung Estate Covid-19 cluster to a temporary quarantine centre at AsiaWorld-Expo, her daughter said. Distraught family members were told by nursing staff that their … Continue reading “Covid-19: Family of 88-year-old woman worry for her health, hygiene after she was sent to gov’t quarantine centre”

Covid-19: Carrie Lam says she removes mask at press events so Hongkongers can see and feel her emotion

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has rebuffed concerns about her choice not to wear a face mask at press conferences, despite advice from a microbiologist and daily Covid-19 infections reaching an 18-month high. When asked by a reporter why she removed her mask, Lam said the question was very personal but people needed to see her … Continue reading “Covid-19: Carrie Lam says she removes mask at press events so Hongkongers can see and feel her emotion”

Hong Kong leadership hopeful proposes land development, bridge to Lamma and mega-prison

Checkley Sin, who became the first person to announce his intention to run in Hong Kong’s small-circle chief executive election last Wednesday, has proposed building a Lamma Island mega-prison to centralise all correctional institutions and release land for development, as part of his election manifesto. The 65-year-old outlined his plans for the city’s future on … Continue reading “Hong Kong leadership hopeful proposes land development, bridge to Lamma and mega-prison”

Australian Open to allow ‘Where is Peng Shuai?’ shirts after backlash

by Martin Parry Fans at the Australian Open can wear “Where is Peng Shuai?” shirts as long as they are peaceful, tournament chief Craig Tiley told AFP Tuesday, after a backlash over the Grand Slam’s controversial stance. The about-turn followed video emerging on Sunday of security staff ordering spectators to remove shirts and a banner … Continue reading “Australian Open to allow ‘Where is Peng Shuai?’ shirts after backlash”

Chinese censors give Fight Club movie a new ending where police win

By Beiyi Seow The first rule of Fight Club in China? Don’t mention the original ending. The second rule of Fight Club in China? Change it so the police win. China has some of the world’s most restrictive censorship rules with authorities only approving a handful of foreign films for release each year — sometimes … Continue reading “Chinese censors give Fight Club movie a new ending where police win”

‘No question’ over impartiality of hand-picked national security judges, says Hong Kong chief justice

Hong Kong’s Chief Justice has defended the independence of the city’s hand-picked national security judges. Chief Justice Andrew Cheung meeting the press during after the opening ceremony of the legal year in 2022. Photo: Hillary Leung/HKFPIn a speech for the opening of the 2022 legal year on Monday, Chief Justice Andrew Cheung said the impartiality … Continue reading “‘No question’ over impartiality of hand-picked national security judges, says Hong Kong chief justice”

Covid-19: Hong Kong civil servants told to work from home as Kwai Chung cluster grows to over 170 cases

The Kwai Chung Covid-19 cluster at the centre of Hong Kong’s latest outbreak has ballooned to 173 infections, with cases confirmed in at least seven blocks of the sprawling housing estate. In light of the outbreak, the government announced it would implement work from home arrangements for civil servants from Tuesday. Authorities said on Sunday … Continue reading “Covid-19: Hong Kong civil servants told to work from home as Kwai Chung cluster grows to over 170 cases”

Fixating on zero Covid is ‘useless’ says top Hong Kong microbiologist, focus on vaccination rate instead

Hong Kong authorities should not fixate on “zero Covid” and should instead focus on boosting vaccinations, a top microbiologist and government advisor has said. “Solely focusing on zero Covid is useless,” Yuen Kwok-yung said, adding that Hong Kong has paid a great price for achieving zero cases, such as not allowing certain premises to operate, … Continue reading “Fixating on zero Covid is ‘useless’ says top Hong Kong microbiologist, focus on vaccination rate instead”

Covid-19: Leaders should wear masks to set an example, says top expert as Lam shuns masks at press cons

Leaders and experts should lead by example and wear a mask, according to Yuen Kwok-yung, a top microbiologist and government advisor, as the city braces for a fifth wave of Covid-19. Chief Executive Carrie Lam has been seen removing her mask while speaking to the press in recent months, including during a briefing on Saturday … Continue reading “Covid-19: Leaders should wear masks to set an example, says top expert as Lam shuns masks at press cons”

Covid-19: Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam heckled during visit to housing estate under 5-day lockdown

Residents of a public housing estate at the centre of Hong Kong’s latest Covid-19 outbreak heckled Chief Executive Carrie Lam and two other top government officials on Sunday during their visit to the estate. Two of the estate’s 16 residential buildings are currently under a five-day lockdown. Lam, along with Chief Secretary John Lee and … Continue reading “Covid-19: Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam heckled during visit to housing estate under 5-day lockdown”

China sends second-largest incursion of warplanes into Taiwan defence zone

China sent 39 warplanes — mostly fighter jets — into Taiwan’s air defence zone on Sunday, the island’s government said, in the second-largest daily incursion on record. Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion by China, which sees the self-ruled, democratic island as part of its territory to eventually be reclaimed, by force if … Continue reading “China sends second-largest incursion of warplanes into Taiwan defence zone”

‘Where is Peng Shuai?’ T-shirts banned from Australian Open for ‘political’ messages

Australian Open organisers said Sunday that Peng Shuai’s safety “is our primary concern” after video emerged of security staff preventing spectators wearing T-shirts in support of the Chinese player. The former doubles world number one is absent from the Grand Slam and there are fears for her wellbeing after she alleged online in November that … Continue reading “‘Where is Peng Shuai?’ T-shirts banned from Australian Open for ‘political’ messages”

‘The price of participation’: For Hong Kong eateries, delivery giants Foodpanda and Deliveroo are a double-edged sword

On any given weekday evening, Regan Yeung’s yakitori joint in Central buzzes with the post-work crowd. Diners come to his restaurant for the fresh-off-the-grill skewers and stay for the drinks and banter with friends. But these are no ordinary times. Since early January, when the Hong Kong government banned dine-in services after 6 p.m. due … Continue reading “‘The price of participation’: For Hong Kong eateries, delivery giants Foodpanda and Deliveroo are a double-edged sword”

Single hamster handed over for Hong Kong Covid cull tests positive, cases hit highest in 18 months

Hong Kong authorities said Sunday that one of 77 hamsters handed in by pet owners for a Covid cull has tested positive, as thousands of city residents remain under lockdown to combat an outbreak. The financial services hub adheres to mainland China’s strict “zero-Covid” policy under which even the slightest sign of the virus is stamped … Continue reading “Single hamster handed over for Hong Kong Covid cull tests positive, cases hit highest in 18 months”

Covid-19: Second Hong Kong public housing building placed under 5-day lockdown, as Kwai Chung Omicron cluster surpasses 100 cases

A five-day Covid-19 lockdown which began at Yat Kwai House at Kwai Chung Estate has been expanded to include a neighbouring building. Meanwhile, four other buildings in the estate were placed under an overnight lockdown for residents to be tested, the city’s leader announced on Saturday. The decision came after health authorities found over 100 … Continue reading “Covid-19: Second Hong Kong public housing building placed under 5-day lockdown, as Kwai Chung Omicron cluster surpasses 100 cases”

Hong Kong’s claims to foster press freedom are wearing a bit thin

Now here is a puzzle. On the one hand we have government officials assuring us that all is well with the Hong Kong media. Carrie Lam says recent troubles at some outlets have had no “chilling effect.” The Secretary for Justice says the government is merely enforcing the law and “cherishes press freedom.” At the … Continue reading “Hong Kong’s claims to foster press freedom are wearing a bit thin”

Beijing’s hard sell of ‘Hong Kong-style capitalist democracy’

Beijing’s formal White Paper document only laid down the basic foundations and definitions for the central government’s overhaul of Hong Kong’s postcolonial political order. The White Paper was issued on December 20, a day after Hong Kong’s first “patriots only” Legislative Council election was held under the new rules. The definitions are meant to be … Continue reading “Beijing’s hard sell of ‘Hong Kong-style capitalist democracy’”

9 hamster samples test positive for Covid-19 following gov’t cull of nearly 2,600 small animals

Nine hamster samples taken from close to 2,600 small animals seized by Hong Kong’s animal authorities have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. Visitors to two pet shops in Causeway Bay and Tai Po were required to undergo mandatory virus testing after environmental samples tested positive. A two-year-old hamster named “Ring” owned by Cheung, a … Continue reading “9 hamster samples test positive for Covid-19 following gov’t cull of nearly 2,600 small animals”

HKFP Guide: Stanley – a slice of Hong Kong colonial history, and still full of charm

Venture to the south of Hong Kong Island and discover the charming area known as Stanley, named after the British colonial secretary, Lord Stanley, in 1841. Although it’s changed quite a bit since its inception, there is still a lot of colonial history in this former fishing village.  Photo: Wikicommons.Thanks to its vibrant market, seaside … Continue reading “HKFP Guide: Stanley – a slice of Hong Kong colonial history, and still full of charm”

3 accused of inciting others to harm police barred from leaving city

A magistrate has allowed three defendants who were charged with incitement to harm Hong Kong police officers to continue their bail, but has added new terms preventing them from leaving the city. The trio – 20-year-old student Yip Sin-man, 34-year-old Chiu Ho-nam and information technology technician Lai Chit, 36 – appeared before Principal Magistrate Ada … Continue reading “3 accused of inciting others to harm police barred from leaving city”

China warns of ‘no mercy’ in regulatory crackdown, Jack Ma’s Alibaba-linked Ant Group in crosshairs

China has vowed to ramp up its regulatory crackdown and show “no mercy” against corruption as the ruling Communist Party gears up for a key meeting that could secure President Xi Jinping a third term. The announcement suggests authorities have no plans to rein in investigations that engulfed China’s tech industry last year or an … Continue reading “China warns of ‘no mercy’ in regulatory crackdown, Jack Ma’s Alibaba-linked Ant Group in crosshairs”

Covid-19: 5-day lockdown for 2,700 people in Hong Kong residential building over Omicron outbreak

Hong Kong’s health authorities announced that all people living in a Kwai Chung residential building will be subject to a five-day lockdown after at least 20 Covid-19 cases were detected there. Around 2,700 residents of Yat Kwai House in Kwai Chung Estate will be kept under home quarantine and undergo daily compulsory testing from 6 … Continue reading “Covid-19: 5-day lockdown for 2,700 people in Hong Kong residential building over Omicron outbreak”

Unions registry demands answers from Hong Kong Journalists Assoc. over film screenings, book events, social media posts

Hong Kong’s Registry of Trade Unions (RTU) has launched a probe into the city’s largest press group, asking them to provide answers how certain events they held were relevant to their objectives. A source familiar with the matter told HKFP that the group received a letter from the RTU several days ago, ordering them to … Continue reading “Unions registry demands answers from Hong Kong Journalists Assoc. over film screenings, book events, social media posts”

Covid-19: ‘Vaccine bubble’ to include schools from Feb 24, students exempted but urged to get jabbed

From February 24, anyone entering a school or tutorial centre – apart from students – will be required to have had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, the Hong Kong Education Bureau (EDB) announced on Thursday. The new measure came as the government was looking into bringing the start date of the “vaccine … Continue reading “Covid-19: ‘Vaccine bubble’ to include schools from Feb 24, students exempted but urged to get jabbed”

China incensed by French parliament’s genocide declaration

By Poornima Weerasekara China condemned a French parliament resolution on Friday that accuses Beijing of carrying out a genocide against its Uyghur Muslim population, a move that has strained ties two weeks before the Winter Olympics. The resolution adds to a chorus of western nations that have criticised Beijing for placing around one million Uyghurs … Continue reading “China incensed by French parliament’s genocide declaration”

Hong Kong Bar Association should not discuss politics, new chairman says

The Hong Kong Bar Association should not handle or discuss political issues, the newly-elected chairman Victor Dawes has said, as the senior counsel vowed to safeguard the city’s rule of law which “is not dead.” Barristers in Hong Kong elected Dawes on Thursday night to fill the shoes of Senior Council Paul Harris who faced … Continue reading “Hong Kong Bar Association should not discuss politics, new chairman says”

HKFP Guide: How to book Covid-19 vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 in Hong Kong

Children between the ages of five and 11 can begin receiving the Sinovac coronavirus vaccine from Friday, while reservations for children’s BioNTech jabs open next month. Photo: GovHK.See also: HKFP Guide: Receiving a Covid-19 vaccine in Hong Kong Last week, the government announced it would lower the age threshold for the China-made Covid-19 vaccine Sinovac from … Continue reading “HKFP Guide: How to book Covid-19 vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 in Hong Kong”

French parliament recognises China’s treatment of Uyghur population as ‘genocide’

By Christophe De Roquefeuil and Adam Plowright France’s parliament on Thursday denounced a “genocide” by China against its Uyghur Muslim population, in a resolution that risks straining ties between Paris and Beijing two weeks before the Winter Olympics. The non-binding resolution, adopted with 169 votes in favour and just one against, was proposed by the … Continue reading “French parliament recognises China’s treatment of Uyghur population as ‘genocide’”

Hong Kong police job vacancies rise for 4th consecutive year

Vacancies in the Hong Kong Police Force have risen for the fourth straight year, recent government figures showed. In response to a question asked by lawmaker Lai Tung-kwok at the Legislative Council on Wednesday, the Secretary for Security said in a written response that there have been 5,706 openings during the 2021-2022 financial year so … Continue reading “Hong Kong police job vacancies rise for 4th consecutive year”