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


Hong Kong expands Covid vaccination programme to under 30s

Hong Kong is expanding its Covid-19 vaccination programme to those aged under 30, the government announced on Thursday. People between the ages of 16 to 29 will be able to register for a jab from next Friday onwards, Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Patrick Nip told the press. The expansion opens the vaccination programme […]

Hong Kong Customs says ‘Virus Shut Out’ can stay on shelves, despite bans on ‘scam’ product around world

A Japanese “Virus Shut Out” necklace that has faced bans around the world amid the Covid-19 pandemic is to remain on the shelves in Hong Kong after a Customs investigation. A full year after Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department said it was looking into Toamit’s “anti-viral” product, a spokesperson told HKFP on Monday that no fault […]


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 […]


Why is Hong Kong’s Transport Dep’t putting cars ahead of people?

Lockdown and stay home, the lessons of Covid-19, have prompted soul-searching worldwide on the future of cities. From Europe to the US, environmentalists and urbanists are exploring a concept that would give residents everything they need within minutes of their front doors. They call it the 15-minute city. Walking, biking and public transport will be […]

Don’t be too quick to dismiss Chinese medicine in fight against Covid-19

By James Flowers In response to Paul Stapleton’s op-ed expressing concern about Beijing’s claim that Chinese medicine cures Covid-19, I argue that we should not to be so quick to dismiss a healing therapy because it falls outside familiar frames of reference. In fact, Beijing has not claimed Chinese medicine as a cure for Covid-19. […]


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