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Racism towards Hong Kong’s ethnic minority food delivery workers rose during Covid-19, survey finds

The racial discrimination faced by Hong Kong’s ethnic minority food delivery workers worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic, a survey has found. Workers also suffered from shrinking income and welfare, with many being unaware of their rights. After collecting questionnaires from 106 food delivery workers between March and May and discussing with 37 ethic minority workers…

Covid-19: Hong Kong to ease some social distancing measures from Oct 6, with up to 12 allowed per table at restaurants

Hong Kong has announced it will ease some social distancing measures from next Thursday, as health officials said the Covid-19 pandemic was stabilising in the city. Among the rules being relaxed, restaurants will be allowed to seat up to 12 people per table, instead of the current limit of eight. Bars, pubs and nightclubs can…

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Hong Kong parents and schoolchildren learn a harsh lesson from Covid closures

They were supposed to be sitting quietly at home and studying. But when Teresa Yip used her household surveillance cameras to check on her children from work, she saw them bouncing around the flat having fun. At the start of Hong Kong’s Covid-related intermittent school closures that lasted almost two years, Yip would phone home…

After being grounded by tough Covid restrictions, new quarantine rules let Hongkongers dream of taking off again

In downtown Cairo four years ago, in the baking July heat, 19-year-old Elyse Lam walked out of a convenience store carrying two bottles of water. At that same moment, countless speakers mounted on electricity poles suddenly came to life, simultaneously broadcasting the same message in Arabic. Everyone dropped to their knees, all facing the same…

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

Hong Kong’s Covid-19 policy relies on fictitious figures

The hazards of comparing statistics from different times and places are well known. But not, apparently, in Hong Kong public health circles, where Covid-19 figures are looking distinctly shaky. In the early days of the epidemic anyone who thought they had Covid rushed immediately to the nearest doctor – or if they couldn’t afford a…

Is it legal for Hong Kong to make you pay for Covid-19 hotel quarantine?

My interest in the government’s quarantine and isolation policies was, I confess, academic. That is until the soft knocking on mortality’s door became louder and got the better of me.  I had last seen my mother in the autumn of 2019. She lives in the charming cathedral city of Hereford in the United Kingdom. I…

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