First detected in Hubei, China, millions globally have now been infected with Covid-19. Governments have battled to keep the pandemic under control as the death toll from the SARS-like disease spirals.

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‘We just want to come home:’ Hong Kong citizens and residents stranded in the UK after gov’t travel ban plead for help

Erica had planned to return to Hong Kong on January 3 after graduating from her master’s studies in London. Now, she has no idea when she will make it home. On December 21, authorities announced a complete ban on commercial flights from the UK to Hong Kong after the country reported a significantly more infectious […]

COVID-19 EXPLAINERS

Explainer: After months of protests, is Hong Kong selectively enforcing covid-19 laws?

As the coronavirus began to wreak havoc around the world in mid-March, returning travellers and students caused a spike of cases in Hong Kong. With a record 65 new cases announced on March 27, this “second wave” was far more serious than February’s initial outbreak imported from mainland China. In response, the Hong Kong government […]

Explainer: As Beijing declares victory over the coronavirus, can we trust its data?

The spread of SARS-CoV-2 from the epicentre in Wuhan, China, has led to hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 cases around the world. The medical community, governments, data analysts, and the general public rely on accurate data to make timely assessments and save lives. But the accuracy of official data from the Chinese authorities is routinely […]

Explainer: 7 reasons Hongkongers are angry about the gov’t response to the coronavirus

Hong Kong people have been angered by the government’s response to the new coronavirus. In a matter of weeks, almost 10,000 people have been infected and over 100 have died in China. And locally, there have been ten confirmed cases as of this week.  The spread of the virus has caused panic around the city, […]

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

Covid or covert? How Beijing concocted an election delay to reshape Hong Kong’s legislature

When Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the postponement of Hong Kong’s 2020 Legislative Council election, she cited the health risks posed by Covid-19. She made the announcement in late July, just as campaigning was about to get underway for the scheduled September 6 poll. The council is a local law-making body but since Hong Kong […]

Let’s use the vaccination drive as a baby step towards healing Hong Kong society

By Hari Kumar As Hong Kong awaits the arrival of coronavirus vaccines, the government should be preparing the ground to ensure its inoculation drive is more popular than the universal mass testing organised earlier this year, when 1.7 million people volunteered. The government decision to acquire vaccines from Sinovac, a mainland firm, even before it  […]

Plastic pandemic hits Hong Kong as takeaways surge under Covid-19

By Fiona Cheung, Kassandra Lai and Kayi Tsang A student in a traditional blue cheongsam waited in a long queue outside a restaurant. While other students returned to school with their lunch in a white styrofoam box, she handed over her own lunchbox to a hesitant waitress after ordering a takeaway. Emily Cheung Yee-kwan, 18, […]

Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam urges ‘no politics’ in vaccine rollout – whilst using Covid-19 for political means

Keep politics and “malicious rumours” out of the dialogue on the coronavirus vaccination programme, urges Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive in Name Only (CENO). In a recent statement the government said, “the decision on procurement of vaccines is  based on the considerations of safety, efficacy, quality and supply, and does not in any way involve […]

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