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HK bypassed? European airlines warn they can’t add flights while Covid-19 restrictions remain for travellers, aircrew

21-May-2022 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 12:57 PM

Several major European airlines have warned that they will not be able to add more flights to Hong Kong if the city’s Covid-19 restrictions remain while the rest of the [...] » More

HK court extends jail time for six conspirators in 2016 Legislative Council vote-buying scheme

21-May-2022 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 12:56 PM

Six people jailed for organising a vote-rigging scheme in support of a pro-government candidate in the 2016 Hong Kong Legislative Council election have received longer jail [...] » More

Chinese premier formally approves appointment of John Lee as HK’s next leader ahead of July 1 swearing-in ceremony

21-May-2022 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 12:55 PM

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called for unity and urged Hong Kong’s chief executive-elect to “turn a new chapter” in the “one country, two [...] » More

Lawmakers grill officials over incoming leader’s ambitious plan to revamp HK government

21-May-2022 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 12:51 PM

Hong Kong legislators have questioned whether the incoming city leader’s plan to overhaul the government will translate into better delivery of public services and [...] » More

National security law: HK has taken ‘authoritarian turn’ in 2021 under Beijing-imposed legislation, EU says in annual report

21-May-2022 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 12:49 PM

Hong Kong has taken “an authoritarian turn” with its fundamental freedoms further deteriorating in 2021 under the national security law, the European Union has [...] » More

Travel council looks to include HK in Japan’s next stage of reopening to travellers

21-May-2022 Intellasia | TheStarndard | 5:02 AM

Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong said it has invited representatives of the Japan National Tourism Organisation to meet next week to mull the inclusion of Hong Kong in [...] » More

Advisory panel recommends adults to get fourth Covid jab

21-May-2022 Intellasia | TheStarndard | 5:02 AM

Hong Kong residents aged between 18 to 59 who have received their third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at least six months ago should start getting booster shots, the Centre [...] » More

Covid may induce severe inflammatory bone loss, HKU research finds

21-May-2022 Intellasia | TheStarndard | 5:02 AM

Coronavirus infection can cause inflammatory activation of bone resorption cells, leading to severe bone loss during the acute and post-recovery phases of Covid-19, research [...] » More

HK can continue path to normalcy provided severe illness ratio remains stable, says expert

21-May-2022 Intellasia | TheStarndard | 5:02 AM

As long as most confirmed patients develop only mild or no symptoms, the city’s anti-epidemic measures should not again be tightened, microbiologist Ho Pak-leung said. [...] » More

Coronavirus: HK adults aged under 60 could get fourth vaccine dose if at risk of higher exposure to Covid-19, government advisers propose

21-May-2022 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 5:02 AM

Hong Kong adults aged under 60 should be allowed to receive a fourth vaccine dose if they are at risk of higher exposure to the coronavirus, government medical advisers have [...] » More

Golden opportunity for city to move toward normalcy, says Yuen Kwok-yung

21-May-2022 Intellasia | TheStarndard | 5:02 AM

The city’s current “immunity barrier” against severe illness and the arrival of Summer has created a golden opportunity for the city to move forward on the [...] » More

Chief Exec-elect to propose closed loop system for mainland travel

21-May-2022 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 5:02 AM

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive-elect John Lee plans to propose a closed-loop system to facilitate quarantine-free business travel between the city and mainland China, Sing [...] » More

Unemployment surges to 5.4pct during Covid wave

21-May-2022 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 5:02 AM

Hong Kong’s unemployment rate surged to 5.4 percent for the three months ended April as the city’s Covid restrictions continued to weigh on businesses and keep [...] » More

HK’s civil servants are in line for record pay rise. Is it time to revamp how salary increases are determined?

21-May-2022 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 5:02 AM

Human resources experts and bosses of small businesses have called for a revamp of the method used to determine pay rises for Hong Kong’s 180,000 civil servants after a [...] » More

HK stocks cap weekly gain as China cuts key interest rate to spur growth

21-May-2022 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 5:02 AM

Hong Kong stocks advanced, with the benchmark posting its first weekly gain this month after China lowered a key interest rate, boosting the growth outlook. The Hang Seng [...] » More