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HK sees four imported cases involving Delta variant, all vaccinated
Hong Kong recorded four imported cases on Saturday, and all four patients, carrying the L452R (Delta) variant, had received two doses of a Covid vaccine.
Omicron Could Displace Delta: WHO's Soumya Swaminathan
Soumya Swaminathan said it was far from certain that Omicron emerged in southern Africa.
HK sees three new Covid-19 cases carrying the L452R mutant strain
Hong Kong recorded three new imported Covid-19 cases on Friday, all of which carried the highly infectious L452R mutant Covid strain.
None found infected in Lam Tin lockdown
The government lifted the lockdown in Lam Tin Friday morning, and no one among some 1,100 residents at On Kin House of On Tin Estate was found infected with Covid-19.
Crystal’s Kenneth Lo leads honours at 2021 Hong Kong Business Awards
The annual awards held the first in-person black tie dinner since 2018, marking the city’s bounce back from two tumultuous years and its worst recession on record.
Lam Tin public estate locked down
A block at On Tin Estate in Lam Tin has been locked down after a 28-year-old female resident who returned from the United States tested preliminary positive for Covid-19.
HKU to co-develop Omicron vaccines
University of Hong Kong researchers will soon partner with a mainland drug maker to develop a vaccine against the Omicron variant, after the university team successfully isolated samples of the new and fast spreading strain.
US, Other Countries Tighten Travel Rules Over New Variant Concerns
A World Health Organization official said 24 countries may have reported cases of the variant so far but that some of the early indications were that most cases were mild, with none severe.
Omicron variant: Hong Kong to ban non-residents from three more countries
Japan, Portugal and Sweden will be added to Hong Kong’s list of Group A high-risk places for Covid-19, effective Friday, after Omicron cases were recorded in the three countries.
Hong Kong further tightens Covid-19 rules on arrivals from 8 African nations
City residents returning from South Africa, Botswana and six other nations must spend the first of three weeks of quarantine at a government facility.
Pfizer Already Working On Covid Vaccine Targeting 'Omicron': CEO
The current vaccine is "very effective" against Delta, the executive said, adding that the companies expect to be able to produce four billion vaccine doses in 2022.
Developing New Version Of Sputnik Vaccine Adapted To 'Omicron': Russia
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which supported the vaccine's development by the state-run Gamaleya Center, said that the centre "has already begun developing the new version of Sputnik vaccine adapted to Omicron."
"Race Against Time" To Tackle New Covid Variant: European Union Chief
"We know we are now in a race against time," Ursula von der Leyen said during a visit to Riga, adding that vaccine manufacturers needed two to three weeks "to get a full picture of the quality of the mutations".
Ten community vaccination centers will stay open till next March
Ten community vaccination centers will extend their operations till the end of March next year, with online booking for quotas next year made available from 9am Sunday.
Unvaccinated Hong Kongers could be banned from restaurants, schools
Hong Kong is considering banning unvaccinated residents from entering certain businesses in a bid to prevent the transmission of a new, more contagious coronavirus variant already found in the city, the minister in charge of the Covid-19...
HK adds three imported cases, all vaccinated
Hong Kong health authorities reported three imported cases on Saturday and reminded residents at Harbour Pinnacle in Tsim Sha Tsui to undergo compulsory testing by tomorrow (Sunday).
Patrick Nip wants 80 pc vaccine rate for mainland and international borders reopening
Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen said the vaccination rate of the city has to reach 80 percent or above for mainland and international borders reopening.
Schools need 70pc vaccination rate to resume full-day classes
Schools can apply for resuming full-day classes if the vaccination rate of both teachers and students reaches 70 percent, the Education Bureau said in a letter.
Hong Kong adds four imported cases, three involve mutant strain
Health authorities reported four imported Covid-19 cases on Friday, with three of them involving the mutant variant of the virus.
Too Early To Know If New Covid Variant Needs New Vaccine: EU Medical Body
The EU has reacted with concern to news of the new strain, proposing that member states stop all flights to and from southern African where it was first discovered.
BioNTech And Pfizer Expect New Variant Impact Data "Within 2 Weeks"
The discovery of the new variant in South Africa has sparked global alarm, amid concerns its many mutations could make it even more dangerous than the highly contagious Delta strain.
Hong Kong hits 70pc vaccination goal
Hong Kong on Tuesday hit the government’s goal of administering at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose to 70 percent of the city's population, reaching the milestone nine months since the start of the inoculation drive.
Secondary students on way to top jab marks
All secondary schools should soon be able to resume whole-day classes, the chairman of the Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases, Lau Yu-lung, says.
Covid-19 cross infection of two guests found at Regal Airport Hotel Hong Kong
One of the guests had chosen to wear a reusable mask with a valve, which a leading microbiologist called a ‘selfish’ design.
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