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 2022-05-17 03:50 

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Covid outbreak in Shanghai eases further...

Shanghai on Tuesday achieved the milestone of three consecutive days with no new Covid-19 cases outside quarantine zones.There has also been a drop in the number of new locally-transmitted infections in the business hub. According to the National Health C...

 2022-05-17 03:33 

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Revamp plan will get green light from Exco: CE...

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that she is confident the Executive Council will approve government restructuring plans largely based on her initial suggestions, after receiving broad support from society and her successor John Lee. Lam earlier...

 2022-05-17 03:17 

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'Covid immunity could be higher than official data'...

Epidemiologist Benjamin Cowling from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) said on Tuesday that he believes the overall level of immunity against Covid-19 in Hong Kong is significantly higher than official figures suggest. He was commenting on a new study whi...

 2022-05-17 03:13 

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CE calls for caution ahead of eased Covid rules...

Chief Executive Carrie Lam says Hong Kong will relax more social distancing measures as planned on Thursday, but warns that caution is required because the Covid situation has now "reached a stalemate". Speaking ahead of her weekly Executive Counc...

 2022-05-17 02:42 

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HSI off to strong start, tops 20,000...

Hong Kong stocks opened higher on Tuesday despite Wall Street stocks finishing mostly down on weak Chinese economic data. The Hang Seng Index rose 1.2......

 2022-05-17 01:29 

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'Lifting of Shanghai lockdown should boost economy'...

A market analyst said on Tuesday that the planned easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Shanghai should help boost the mainland economy in the third quarter of the year, though it's still too early to say how significant such a rebound would be.Ben Caven...

 2022-05-16 20:56 

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US stocks pressured by China data, recession worries...

Wall Street stocks finished mostly lower on Monday following weak Chinese economic data that added to recession worries amid inflation and rising inte......

 2022-05-16 14:47 

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McDonald's to exit Russia, sell business in country...

American fast-food giant McDonald's will exit the Russian market and sell its business in the increasingly isolated country, the company said on Monda......

 2022-05-16 14:36 

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'Unjabbed, infected people have low antibody levels'...

Researchers from the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University said on Monday their study of vaccine responses showed that people vaccinated against Covid-19 developed a "more robust" antibody response against variants of the virus after ...

 2022-05-16 14:11 

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Vax records for four more countries accepted by HK...

The Government announced on Monday that it will accept the vaccination records issued by Ecuador, Kenya, the Seychelles and Venezuela as recognised vaccination records for persons arriving in Hong Kong who have stayed in overseas places.The relevant arran...

 2022-05-16 13:23 

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Compulsory testing notices issued for 41 locations...

The government on Monday issued compulsory testing notices for 41 places across Hong Kong.Anyone who has visited any of these premises and stayed there for the length of time and on the dates specified must get a nucleic acid test for Covid-19.The buildin...

 2022-05-16 10:31 

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Judges told to exercise caution on social media...

An updated guide on judges' conduct published by the judiciary on Monday says judges should avoid expressing views to the media, even anonymously, and be wary of liking or following any person or group on social media if doing so could undermine peopl...

 2022-05-16 10:30 

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Covid infection clusters continue to grow...

Covid infection clusters in Hong Kong continued to grow on Monday, as the city recorded a slight decrease in the daily caseload.The Centre for Health Protection said two people who went to a private kitchen in Kwun Tong for a business meeting have come do...

 2022-05-16 09:59 

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'Improve appeal mechanism for unemployment subsidy'...

The DAB and the Federation of Trade Unions (FTU) on Monday called on the government to improve the appeal mechanism for a pandemic unemployment subsidy, after receiving numerous complaints that the contractor involved is being unhelpful regarding unsucces...

 2022-05-16 09:04 

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HSI edges higher but short of 20,000...

Hong Kong stocks finished the first trading day of the week with modest gains, but could not break through the 20,000-point level. The Hang Seng Index......

 2022-05-16 05:33 

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Metabolite of banned vet drug found in sausages...

The Consumer Council on Monday said it has found a metabolite of a banned veterinary drug in three sausage samples it tested, but noted there's insufficient proof that the drug would cause health risks to humans.At a virtual press conference the counc...

 2022-05-16 05:18 

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China's retail sales take a hit amid pandemic...

Retail sales and industrial production on the mainland slumped to their lowest growth in two years amid Covid-19.According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, retail sales shrank 11.1 percent on-year in April to 2.95 trillion yuan. That's ...

 2022-05-16 05:15 

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Commuters welcome East Rail Line extension...

Some commuters on Monday morning found going to work much less hassle than usual as they travelled on the newly extended East Rail Line.The cross-harbour section operated smoothly on its first working day, having received a warm welcome from train enthusi...

 2022-05-16 03:57 

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Experts divided over easing of vaccine mandate...

Public health experts are split on whether the vaccine pass should stay as Hong Kong's coronavirus situation eases, with some suggesting the requirement should be dropped for those aged under 60 while others saying it is still useful in boosting the i...

 2022-05-16 03:28 

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Shanghai reveals timetable for return to normality...

Health authorities on the mainland on Monday reported 1,159 new local Covid infections 820 fewer than the day before as Shanghai announced a timetable for returning to normality.The majority of the day's new cases still came from Shanghai, with 869 as...

 2022-05-16 02:00 

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Hong Kong stocks open higher...

Hong Kong equities opened higher on Monday, following a Wall Street bounce sparked by a rally among tech-rich stocks. The Hang Seng rose 1.17 percent......

 2022-05-16 01:34 

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East Rail Line extension a 'great addition'...

An exhibition trade spokesman on Monday said the new Exhibition Centre station is a great addition to Hong Kong's transport system, as it will open up hotel options for overseas exhibitors along the East Rail Line.Stuart Bailey, the chairman of the Ho...

 2022-05-15 15:31 

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Saudi Aramco says Q1 profits jump as oil prices surge...

Saudi Aramco on Sunday posted an 82-percent jump in first quarter profits, buoyed by a global surge in oil prices that has made it the world's most va......

 2022-05-15 13:31 

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Compulsory testing notices issued for 41 locations...

The government on Sunday issued compulsory testing notices for 41 places across Hong Kong.Anyone who has visited any of these premises and stayed there for the length of time and on the dates specified must get a nucleic acid test for Covid-19.The buildin...

 2022-05-15 09:49 

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HK reports 259 new Covid cases, new cluster emerges...

Health authorities on Sunday said they recorded 259 new Covid infections, as officials reported a new cluster had emerged.Officials said nine people who visited a private kitchen in Shing Yip industrial building in Kwun Tong on May 9 have come down with t...

 2022-05-15 07:39 

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Shanghai to reopen some businesses...

Shanghai officials on Sunday said the city will gradually begin reopening businesses from Monday, following a weeks-long lockdown that began in late March. The announcement came as the business hub reported 166 symptomatic Covid-19 infections and 1,203 as...

 2022-05-15 05:40 

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Hong Kong's jobless rate will rise further: Paul Chan...

Financial Secretary Paul Chan on Sunday said the latest unemployment rate to be released this week is expected to rise further, but he also said there is reason to be optimistic about the city's economy.Hong Kong's jobless rate for the three month...

 2022-05-15 05:26 

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Experts divided on the risk of another Covid outbreak...

Medical experts are divided on the risk of Hong Kong seeing yet another wave of coronavirus infections.The Dean of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, Gabriel Leung, on Sunday warned the daily Covid tally of about 300 implies the virus is still being...

 2022-05-15 04:35 

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'I have someone in mind for CS': John Lee...

Chief Executive-elect John Lee on Sunday said he is in the beginning stages of forming his cabinet, but admitted that "complicated"; international relations may put some people off from joining.Lee told a Commercial Radio programme that he is compi...

 2022-05-14 22:14 

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East Rail's first cross-harbour train departs...

Railway enthusiasts reported queueing all night to be part of history as the first ever service on the cross-harbour section of the MTR's East Rail Line departed early on Sunday morning.Some people joining the service at the new Exhibition Centre stat...

 2022-05-14 13:45 

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Compulsory testing notices issued for 40 places...

The government on Saturday issued compulsory testing notices for 40 places across Hong Kong.Anyone who has visited any of these premises and stayed there for the length of time and on the dates specified must get a nucleic acid test for Covid-19.The build...

 2022-05-14 10:14 

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Sheung Wan restaurant cluster continues to expand...

The cluster of Covid-19 infections linked to a Sheung Wan eatery continued to grow on Saturday, involving 39 diners and two waiters so far.The Centre for Health Protection's Chuang Shuk-kwan said transmission of the virus inside the Sky Cuisine restau...

 2022-05-14 07:53 

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Two men arrested in HK$40 million drug raid...

The police on Saturday said they have arrested two people and seized HK$40 million worth of drugs in Tin Shui Wai.Chief inspector Auyeung Tak said officers acted on intelligence on Thursday, and raided a hotel room in Tin Shui Wai which he said served as ...

 2022-05-14 07:14 

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Cross-harbour link very important for HK: CE...

Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Saturday officiated at the opening ceremony of the East Rail Line cross-harbour extension, a day before the new route is open to the public. To celebrate the opening of the new extension, a special train will depart from the ...

 2022-05-14 05:22 

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22 arrested over low-interest loan scam...

The police on Saturday said they have arrested 22 people related to a scam syndicate that pretended to offer low-interest loans.At an online press briefing, the force said the syndicate is suspected of swindling seven victims out of a total of HK$1.9 mill...

 2022-05-14 05:10 

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Former treasury chief optimistic about HK's economy...

Former Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, KC Chan, said on Saturday that he is optimistic about Hong Kong's economic future, despite a slash in the city's growth forecast.He made the comment a day after the government revised its f...

 2022-05-14 04:01 

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'Long Covid can affect kids' cognitive ability'...

A paediatrician on Saturday voiced concerns about the lasting health effects in children who have recovered from Covid-19, warning that their cognitive ability could be affected. Speaking to reporters after attending a radio programme, Mike Kwan, a consul...

 2022-05-14 03:31 

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Mainland logs almost 1,980 new Covid cases...

The mainland on Saturday reported 1,979 new local coronavirus cases, of which 253 were symptomatic. The bulk of infections continued to come from Shanghai, which reported 1,691 new cases, including 194 symptomatic ones. One more Covid patient an 84-year-o...

 2022-05-14 01:07 

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Kwai Chung block lockdown finds one Covid infection...

Authorities on Saturday said they've identified one Covid infection after locking down Tak Yam House of On Yam Estate in Kwai Chung for overnight testing. Around 1,660 people were tested. Residents who were able to present their negative test results ...

 2022-05-13 23:07 

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HKMA intervenes again to prop up dollar peg...

Hong Kong's de-facto central bank bought $3.164 billion from the market in New York trading hours to stop the local currency weakening and breaking it......

 2022-05-13 20:39 

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Wall Street ends historic down week on a high...

Wall Street surged on Friday to end higher, closing the book on a week of wild market gyrations as relief at signs of peaking inflation vied with fear......

 2022-05-13 17:21 

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Compulsory testing notices issued for 40 places...

The government on Friday issued compulsory testing notices for 40 places across Hong Kong.Anyone who has visited any of these premises and stayed there for the length of time and on the dates specified must get a nucleic acid test for Covid-19.The buildin...

 2022-05-13 17:10 

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Nation's top political advisers talk SAR patriotism...

The nation's top political advisory body discussed the need to "improve the capacity" of patriots in Hong Kong and Macao at its regular biweekly meeting, the Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. Politburo member and Chinese People's Po...

 2022-05-13 15:35 

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Musk says Twitter buyout on hold over fake users...

Elon Musk tweeted on Friday that his US$44-billion cash deal for Twitter was "temporarily on hold" while he waits for the social media company to prov......

 2022-05-13 14:49 

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Hong Kong Tramways seeks 13 percent fare hike...

Hong Kong Tramways has submitted an application to the government for a 13 percent increase in fares, citing financial difficulties amid Covid-19.If approved, the first hike since July 2018 will see adult fares climb from HK$2.6 to HK$3, fares for those u...

 2022-05-13 13:07 

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'Reopen HK to tackle brain drain'...

The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC) said the city should reopen as soon as possible to tackle its brain drain. The chamber warned earlie......

 2022-05-13 10:38 

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Govt trims economic growth forecast...

The government has cut its GDP growth forecast for this year to one to two percent, as it warned that the local economy will continue to be bogged dow......

 2022-05-13 09:49 

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Covid outbreak found at Sheung Wan restaurant...

Health authorities on Friday reported a coronavirus cluster involving a restaurant in Sheung Wan in which at least 30 people have come down with the virus.Officials said those infected include 29 customers who dined at Sky Cuisine between 6pm and 11pm on ...

 2022-05-13 08:25 

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Legco to get govt restructuring plan soon: Starry Lee...

The administration intends to submit its government restructuring proposal to Legco for scrutiny around the middle of this month, the chairwoman of Legco's house committee, Starry Lee, said on Friday. Chief Executive Carrie Lam earlier proposed settin...

 2022-05-13 05:48 

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'Step up communication to avoid corpse mix-ups'...

A patients' rights advocate on Friday called on mortuary and funeral home workers to strengthen communication and verification procedures when handling bodies, after a mix-up at Tuen Mun Hospital this week. The hospital said that before it realised th...

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