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

LATEST NEWS & VIEWS

Hong Kong threatens Wall St Journal over ‘incitement’ following editorial on upcoming poll

The Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang has threatened the Wall Street Journal over an editorial it published about this month’s upcoming legislative election. In the letter, printed by the Journal on Monday, Tsang said that inciting another person not to vote, or to cast an invalid vote, is illegal “irrespective whether the…

COVID-19 GUIDES

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…

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…

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

MeToo: Why Women’s Tennis Assoc. has little left to lose in leaving China over disappearance of champion Peng Shuai

By Francesca Chiu Since Chinese tennis player and two-time Grand Slam doubles champion Peng Shuai publicly accused retired Chinese vice premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault early this month, she has all but disappeared from the public eye. This has raised significant concerns over her safety, with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) issuing a statement…

Are Hong Kong’s ever-tightening Covid-19 rules keeping people safe or stressing them out?

Is there a point at which Hong Kong’s Covid policies go from keeping people safe – if claustrophobic – to risking the opposite result and making life in the SAR unnecessarily complicated? More crucially: has that point been reached already? Take the latest directive, which requires all confirmed Covid-19 patients to undergo 14 days of…

Relaunching Hong Kong: Let the facts speak for themselves

Last year, the government created a stir when it announced that it had awarded a US$6 million contract to Consulum, a public relations firm specialising in government communications, to undertake a one-year consultancy on how to re-launch Hong Kong after its recovery from Covid-19. Professional help was considered necessary as the authorities had come under…

Relaunching Hong Kong: No PR ‘reboot’ will clean up the city’s image in the eyes of the world

“Asia’s world city.” That’s been Hong Kong’s boast for two decades now. Our “brand,” as the public relations flacks like to call it.  But the city has taken a nasty beating in the PR department over the past couple of years — it seems millions-strong anti-government protests, police brutality and incompetent leadership don’t play well…

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