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Coronavirus: Shanghai’s community infections return a day after formal lockdown exit, sending some areas back into quarantine

Coronavirus: Shanghai’s community infections return a day after formal lockdown exit, sending some areas...

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The return of community infections in Shanghai underscores the challenges of completely blocking out the Omicron variant in one of the most congested...
Coronavirus: Japan test tour by 4 Thai people cancelled after Covid infection

Coronavirus: Japan test tour by 4 Thai people cancelled after Covid infection

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The traveller’s infection was confirmed on Monday – three other close contacts have all tested negative – the small-scale test tour was part...
China economy: coronavirus slowdown accelerates as retail sales, industrial production slump

China economy: coronavirus slowdown accelerates as retail sales, industrial production slump

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China’s industrial production fell by 2.9 per cent from a year earlier in April, while retail sales fell by 11.1 per cent last...
Malaysia’s economy expands 5 per cent in Q1 after reopening spurs activity

Malaysia’s economy expands 5 per cent in Q1 after reopening spurs activity

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Malaysia’s central bank said it factored in the Russia-Ukraine war in its projections, and growth in 2022 would be supported by continued expansion...
Coronavirus: Women more likely than men to gain weight during pandemic, study finds

Coronavirus: Women more likely than men to gain weight during pandemic, study finds

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Research also found that both sexes under the age of 45 were more likely to put on the pounds than those in other...
Coronavirus China: Japanese factories in Shanghai struggling to resume operations, survey shows

Coronavirus China: Japanese factories in Shanghai struggling to resume operations, survey shows

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Shanghai Japanese Commerce & Industry Club survey showed that 63 per cent of factories had yet to resume operations after the financial hub...
Coronavirus: New Zealand’s Covid-19 border rules, quarantine lottery were unlawful, court rules

Coronavirus: New Zealand’s Covid-19 border rules, quarantine lottery were unlawful, court rules

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The quarantine process did not allow personal circumstances to be sufficiently considered or prioritised and stripped citizens of their right to return home,...
Coronavirus: Singapore to drop all Covid-19 tests for fully vaccinated travellers, further ease domestic restrictions in ‘important milestone’

Coronavirus: Singapore to drop all Covid-19 tests for fully vaccinated travellers, further ease domestic...

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Currently, those travelling to the city state are required to take a pre-departure test two days before arrival but this rule will be...
Coronavirus: from spas and gyms to cinemas and restaurants, Hong Kong residents are raring to go with Covid-19 curbs finally easing

Coronavirus: from spas and gyms to cinemas and restaurants, Hong Kong residents are raring...

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Bookings at premises from beauty parlours to restaurants and cinemas surge, as stringent coronavirus restrictions relaxed from April 21.
Coronavirus: Hong Kong expert warns of significant rise in post-Covid inflammatory syndrome in children, calls for parents to get young ones vaccinated ahead of in-person classes

Coronavirus: Hong Kong expert warns of significant rise in post-Covid inflammatory syndrome in children,...

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Leading paediatrician urges parents to get their children vaccinated ahead of a resumption of in-person classes.
China tourism, consumption during Ching Ming Festival hit new low as Omicron sweeps nation

China tourism, consumption during Ching Ming Festival hit new low as Omicron sweeps nation

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China, busy fighting the Omicron variant, saw a very subdued Ching Ming Festival: tourism revenue was sharply down, and national tourist spots were...
Coronavirus: family members’ objections pose roadblock for home vaccination service, up to 20 per cent of bookings cancelled last minute

Coronavirus: family members’ objections pose roadblock for home vaccination service, up to 20 per...

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The objections of family members have stymied efforts in a Covid-19 vaccination outreach service for Hong Kong’s elderly, with up to 20 per...
Covid-19 sick leave, allowances and more: Hong Kong firms must show they value employees’ sacrifices

Covid-19 sick leave, allowances and more: Hong Kong firms must show they value employees’...

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To grant sick leave or not? Many employers are wrestling with that question during the fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and its...
Hong Kong Tourism Board to receive HK$1.35 billion to promote travel recovery, host handover anniversary events

Hong Kong Tourism Board to receive HK$1.35 billion to promote travel recovery, host handover...

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The Hong Kong Tourism Board will receive an 80 per cent boost in funding, for a total budget of HK$1.35 billion (US$172.51 million)...
Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s infected elderly residents isolating alone at home feel ‘hopeless’ with little family or community support

Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s infected elderly residents isolating alone at home feel ‘hopeless’ with little...

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Covid-stricken and isolated in her Hong Kong home for a fortnight, 72-year old Lau was kept awake on many nights by severe headaches,...
Coronavirus: international gym chain Fitness First shuts down all Hong Kong branches amid ‘prolonged challenges’ during pandemic

Coronavirus: international gym chain Fitness First shuts down all Hong Kong branches amid ‘prolonged...

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International gym chain Fitness First shut down all branches in Hong Kong on Wednesday amid the “prolonged challenges” brought by the coronavirus pandemic.It...
Bali opens up for travellers; Malaysia scraps curbs for Thailand and Cambodia arrivals

Bali opens up for travellers; Malaysia scraps curbs for Thailand and Cambodia arrivals

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Indonesia will allow quarantine-free entry for foreigners travelling to Bali from March 7, bringing the plan forward by a week, officials said on...
Coronavirus: what kind of lockdown can Hong Kong handle ... or is it even ready at all?

Coronavirus: what kind of lockdown can Hong Kong handle … or is it even...

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As Hongkongers worry about just the kind of lockdown they have to accept in the coming weeks, sources said officials were still weighing...
Coronavirus: Chinese CDC researchers call for extra testing of overseas arrivals during quarantine

Coronavirus: Chinese CDC researchers call for extra testing of overseas arrivals during quarantine

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A study of imported Covid-19 cases in China has found that 5 per cent of people tested positive after they completed 14 days...
Hong Kong IPO issuers forced to accept lower valuations as geopolitical tension, coronavirus fifth wave sap investors’ demand

Hong Kong IPO issuers forced to accept lower valuations as geopolitical tension, coronavirus fifth...

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Companies looking to raise funds through initial public offerings in Hong Kong are having to settle for lower valuations as uncertainties stemming from...