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


Covid-19: Hong Kong to update vaccination records for int’l recognition, new vaccine centres at hospitals

Hongkongers will be able to update their Covid-19 vaccination records to include date of birth, sex, and the manufacturer of the dose from next Wednesday. The changes come after the UK announced new travel regulations as of October 4, requiring a date of birth on records. The updates will be available for both electronic and […]

Covid-19: Unvaccinated civil servants are ‘extreme elements,’ claims pro-gov’t lawmaker

The majority of civil servants in Hong Kong have been vaccinated against Covid-19, with just six per cent who have yet to receive their first jab, according to the civil service chief. However, a pro-establishment lawmaker said the government should consider making vaccination a requirement for promotion in order to further boost vaccination rates. Secretary […]


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 […]


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 […]

Expat quarantine drama: Hong Kong gov’t caught with its eyes wide shut over Nicole Kidman scandal

In 2003, a photographer in California posted photos on his website in an effort to highlight the erosion along the Pacific coast. One of the photos showed an aerial view of the superstar Barbra Streisand’s house (the word “house” doesn’t really capture the essence). Miffed, Ms. Streisand filed a US$50 million lawsuit in an effort […]

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse in Hong Kong…

Covid-19 lockdowns. Former pan-democratic politicians and activists rotting in jail. The city’s flagship anti-government newspaper forced to shut down by a police force on steroids. And all the while it appears “National Security” has replaced “World City” as Hong Kong’s new catchphrase. Things can’t possibly get any worse. Right? Not so fast. Chief Executive Carrie […]


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