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


China slams G7 ‘political manipulation’ after Xinjiang, Hong Kong criticism

China on Monday accused the G7 of “political manipulation” after it criticised Beijing over its human rights record in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. In a communique after a three-day summit in England, G7 leaders slammed China over abuses against minorities in the Xinjiang region and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, while US President Joe Biden called for Beijing to […]

Taiwan’s opposition party apologises for tweet calling Singaporean dissident an ‘extreme white supremacist’

Taiwan’s main opposition party has come under fire from Twitter users after lashing out on its official account at an activist who had voiced support for the government’s efforts to procure Covid-19 vaccines. Roy Ngerng, a Singaporean dissident and activist based in Taipei, tweeted on Thursday that President’s Tsai Ing-wen’s diplomatic efforts had led international […]


HKFP Guide: Receiving a Covid-19 vaccine in Hong Kong

On February 26, Hong Kong launched its free mass vaccination programme, more than a year after the coronavirus pandemic began in the city. HKFP presents some basic questions and answers about the vaccines and the logistics of the programme. Last update: March 15, 2021. See also: HKFP Guide: How to survive and even thrive in […]

HKFP Guide: How to survive and even thrive in Hong Kong hotel quarantine

By Mart van de Ven Three weeks of percolating in a hotel room is now the price of admission or re-admission to the city. So how can you keep yourself from going steaming mad? We’ve compiled tips and resources you’ll need to survive – nay! dare we say, thrive – during a mandatory sojourn in […]


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 […]


Don’t trust the science or don’t trust the gov’t? Why many Hongkongers are shunning Covid vaccination

By Francesca Chiu Hong Kong’s Covid-19 vaccination rate has been criticised as low and slow, but it’s worth looking at the actual numbers to see how dire things really are. The Covid-19 Vaccination Programme was officially launched on February 26 but in its first three months of implementation, just 1.25 million people had received at […]

Covid-19: Hong Kong’s Penny’s Bay quarantine centre has been unfairly tarnished – here’s the flip side

By Pam Chai It started with an acerbic opinion piece by journalist Stephen Vines in late February, describing his stay at Penny’s Bay quarantine centre as hellish and likening his room 173-02 to a prison cell.  Mr Vines criticised the hastily constructed modular units and mocked the palm tree motifs in some of the rooms. To […]

Leader Carrie Lam must not let the memory of the Tiananmen Massacre die in Hong Kong on her watch

By William Nee Ahead of the 32nd anniversary this year, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam must not let the memory of the Tiananmen Massacre die on her watch, and the government should retract its effective ban on this year’s planned candlelight vigil in Victoria Park.  Every year since 1989 anywhere between 100,000-200,000 people have […]


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