The latest from HKFP on the battle against the coronavirus pandemic in Hong Kong.

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Covid-19: New leader John Lee ‘discussing’ quarantine relaxations with Beijing for both mainland and int’l travel

The issue of relaxing Covid-19 travel rules is under discussion with Beijing, Hong Kong’s newly-inaugurated Chief Executive John Lee said on Sunday. He added that the number of infection cases should be curbed, but “not necessarily” with citywide compulsory testing More nucleic acid tests should be conducted, as rapid antigen tests would provide a “false…

Hong Kong 25: Hong Kong’s blurring border with China a sign of things to come

By Holmes Chan From the hill in northernmost Hong Kong where Jasper Law stood, the border with China was obvious — a narrow river dividing farmlands and fishponds from the gleaming skyscrapers of megacity Shenzhen. Friday was the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s transition from British to Chinese rule. While the view from the hilltops…

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‘Ghost bikes’ commemorate cyclists killed on Hong Kong’s roads

At a busy intersection in Prince Edward on Saturday, a bicycle placed on the roadside caught the eyes of passers-by. Completely covered in white paint, it sat hauntingly beside a bunch of white silk flowers and a plastic card which read: “In memoriam Mr Yuen-cheung, 68.” It included the date and time of the road…

Testing times: An unwanted ‘summer break’ for students in Covid-hit Hong Kong

“I guess time does fly. I don’t mean ‘time flies when we’re having fun’.” University entry exams began on Friday in Covid-hit Hong Kong, as schools resumed in-person teaching following a 38-day early “summer break.” HKFP spoke to two students who were left feeling confused, lost and frustrated during months of strict social distancing rules.…

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

Give domestic workers across Asia and the Pacific the rights they deserve

Chihoko Asada-Miyakawa, ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific As the Covid-19 pandemic slowly abates, it is time for countries in Asia and the Pacific to provide better social protection for domestic workers and fully recognise and regulate their work as equal to any other.   According to an International Labour Organization (ILO) publication…

Covid-19: Is China’s pandemic response a sign of strength or weakness?

The Chinese government launched an infectious boomerang in late 2019 when it covered up a viral outbreak in Wuhan that turned out to be Covid-19. That boomerang has returned home with a mighty thwack, threatening to slow China’s economic rise while undermining its global reputation. Two and a half years into the pandemic, Covid restrictions…

PR can’t help Hong Kong when the rhetoric is at odds with the reality

I have been struck lately by the difficulty of reconciling happenings in the real world with the way they are described in official verbiage. Our new Chief Executive says press freedom needs no defence in Hong Kong even as we drop to the murky depths of international rankings; the Chief Justice says we enjoy unquestioned…

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