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DIY virus protection: Hong Kongers making own masks amid shortages

Feb 22, 2020 - 8:43 AM

Due to the shortage of face masks, some are turning to do-it-yourself solutions to get a face mask, albeit of questionable quality

'DO IT YOURSELF' MASKS. This picture taken on February 20, 2020 shows a newly-completed mask made out of patterned material at a shop in Hong Kong. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Filipina in Hong Kong tests positive for novel coronavirus

Feb 19, 2020 - 7:05 PM

A 32-year-old domestic worker is Hong Kong's 61st confirmed case of infection, and the city's first Filipino COVID-19 patient

HEALTH WORKERS. Medical workers in Hong Kong are dealing with more than 60 cases of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Mission impossible for disabled Hong Kongers hunting face masks

Feb 19, 2020 - 11:47 AM

'Maybe you are hearing my voice today and seeing my corpse tomorrow,' says one disabled resident

SHUTTERED. This photo taken on February 13, 2020 shows muscular atrophy patient Steven Yan stopping in front of the steps at the entrance of a pharmacy in the Sheung Shui district of Hong Kong. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong reports second coronavirus fatality

Feb 19, 2020 - 11:28 AM

Officials say the man was taken to hospital after a fall at home. He had a fever and tested positive for the virus, dying a week later.

WAITING. Medical personnel wearing protective suits stay near a block's entrance on the grounds of a residential estate in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Stranded OFWs may return to Hong Kong, Macau as gov't partially lifts travel ban

Feb 18, 2020 - 3:57 PM

Some 25,000 Filipinos have been urging the government to let them return to their jobs or homes in China's special administrative regions

STRANDED. Filipino travelers waiting to board their flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Masses suspended in Singapore, Hong Kong due to coronavirus

Feb 15, 2020 - 10:53 AM

'As Catholics, we need to be responsible in playing our part to contain the spread of this virus,' says Singapore Archbishop William Goh

HOLY MASS. Mass at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Singapore. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Hong Kong unveils cash handouts as virus deepens economic woes

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:54 PM

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says the government will dip into its financial reserves – some of the world's healthiest – to give cash subsidies to sectors hit hardest by the crisis

China appoints hardliner to Hong Kong office

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:05 PM

The reshuffle comes after months of political unrest – the starkest challenge to Beijing since the former British colony was returned to Chinese rule in 1997

Hong Kong file photo from Shutterstock

Hong Kong housing block evacuated after double virus find

Feb 11, 2020 - 4:07 PM

Residents are forced to leave in the early hours as health officials in masks and white overalls scramble to work out whether the virus had spread through the complex of some 3,000 people

EVACUATED. Medical personnel wearing protective suits wait near a block's entrance on the grounds of a residential estate in Hong Kong, early on February 11, 2020, after two people in the block were confirmed to have contracted the new coronavirus, according to local newspaper reports. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Thousands from cruise ship in Hong Kong freed after virus tests

Feb 09, 2020 - 7:17 PM

Authorities say all tests done on crew and passengers of World Dream turned out negative

Hong Kong starts quarantine for mainland China arrivals

Feb 08, 2020 - 8:39 AM

The new measures virtually halt all cross-border traffic between Hong Kong and China while allowing the city to remain stocked with food and goods from the mainland

CLOSED. This photo taken on February 6, 2020, shows a notice in front of a bridge, which can be used only by villagers granted a special permit, within a Frontier Closed Area from Lo Wu MTR station in Hong Kong to a border check point with Shenzhen in China. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong Airlines to lay off 400 staff as novel coronavirus hits city

Feb 07, 2020 - 7:21 PM

Hong Kong Airlines says it will lay off 400 employees, with the remainder asked to take a minimum of two weeks no-pay leave per month or work 3 days a week from February 17 until the end of June

HONG KONG AIRLINES. A Hong Kong Airlines plane sits on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles on October 29, 2019. File photo by Daniel Slim/AFP

Thousands quarantined on Asian cruise ships in virus fight

Feb 06, 2020 - 4:17 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says another huge cruise ship, the Westerdam, is heading to the country with one confirmed infected passenger aboard

DIAMOND PRINCESS. Passengers onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship look out from their balconies as the ship docks at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port on February 6, 2020. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Hong Kong announces quarantines for mainland China arrivals amid coronavirus threat

Feb 05, 2020 - 7:31 PM

'The measure is harsh. But I believe after we say all arrivals have to be quarantined for 14 days from February 8, the number of arrivals will reduce,' says Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam

HONG KONG AIRPORT. Young students wear face masks in the arrivals hall at Hong Kong's international airport on January 22, 2020, after China recently confirmed human-to-human transmission in the outbreak of the new SARS-like virus. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific asks all staff to take unpaid leave

Feb 05, 2020 - 6:20 PM

In a video message to the company's 27,000 employees, airline boss Augustus Tang says they are being asked to take up to 3 weeks leave with no pay between March and June

UNPAID LEAVE. In this file photo taken on March 13, 2019, a Cathay Pacific passenger plane prepares to take off from Hong Kong's international airport. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong reports 1st death of coronavirus patient

Feb 04, 2020 - 11:43 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The death of the 39-year-old man in Hong Kong comes as the city closes all but two land border crossings to mainland China in a bid to halt the spread

CORONAVIRUS. People wear masks on a train on the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Rat in Hong Kong on January 25, 2020, as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Hong Kong on January 25 declared a mystery virus outbreak as an "emergency" – the city's highest warning tier – as authorities ramped up measures aimed at reducing the risk of further infections spreading. Photo by Dale De La Rey / AFP

Hong Kong economy shrinks for first time in a decade

Feb 03, 2020 - 10:30 PM

The United States-China trade war and months of protests take their toll on Hong Kong's economy in 2019

TOURISM DECLINING. A shot of the Mong Kok district in Hong Kong. Photo from Shutterstock

Cruise ships to ban recent China visitors – global industry body

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The Cruise Lines International Association says its members seek to prevent an outbreak of the novel coronavirus on board cruise ships, where infections can spread rapidly

The Costa Smeralda cruise ship is docked in the Civitavecchia port 70km north of Rome on the evening of January 30, 2020, with more than 6,000 tourists on board. - Italy's health ministry said on January 30, 2020 that the two Chinese cruise ship passengers had tested negative for the coronavirus, meaning thousands of stranded passengers could disembark. Costa Cruises was offering to pay for food and hotels for some 1,140 people who had been due to disembark at the Civitavecchia port near Rome and the Costa Smeralda was to set sail again Friday, Italian media said. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)

Philippines to reject transit passengers from China, Hong Kong too

Feb 03, 2020 - 2:40 PM

'We implement the directive to the letter. What we are looking at is not the nationality, but where they came from,' says Bureau of Immigration Spokesperson Dana Sandoval

Passengers wear face masks at Hong Kong's international airport on January 22, 2020, after China recently confirmed human-to-human transmission in the outbreak of the new SARS-like virus. - A new virus that has killed nine people, infected hundreds and already reached the United States could mutate and spread, China warned Wednesday, as authorities scrambled to contain the disease during the Lunar New Year travel season. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Hong Kong shuts most China crossings over virus as medics strike

Feb 03, 2020 - 11:37 AM

(UPDATED) Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says all land crossings would be closed at midnight except for two bridges, the first connecting Hong Kong to Shenzhen and the second linking it with Zhuhai and Macau

STRIKE. Carol Ng from Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (L), Rebecca Sy from Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association (2nd L), Winnie Yu (3rd L), Ivan Law (C) from Hospital Authority Employees Alliance (HAEA), Lai Man Ling from The General Union of Hong Kong Speech Therapists (3rd R), Chung Man Chun from Hong Kong Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industries Employees General Union (2nd R) and Chan Ka Fai from Organizing committee of The Hong Kong General Union of Physiotherapists (R) hold slogans as they pose for pictures for the media during the press conference on the latest update of the strike actions in Hong Kong on February 2, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

PAL, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia suspend China, Hong Kong, Macau flights

Feb 02, 2020 - 10:35 PM

The temporary travel ban enforced by the Philippine government due to the novel coronavirus outbreak prompts the airlines to cancel flights

Passengers, wearing protective facemasks, walk at the arrival area of the Beijing Capital International airport on January 31, 2020. - The World Health Organization declared an international emergency after China's National Health Commission said nearly 8,000 people had been infected, and about 100 cases were reported outside China. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

PH expands visa suspension for travelers from China, Hong Kong, Macau

Feb 02, 2020 - 8:35 PM

The Philippines temporarily stops issuing visas to foreigners coming from China, Hong Kong, and Macau due to the novel coronavirus outbreak

A screen showing the body temperatures of arriving passengers is seen at a health monitoring station as a precautionary measure to protect against the possible spread of a SARS-like virus outbreak at Hong Kong International Airport ahead of the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. - Hong Kong has turned two holiday camps, including a former military barracks, into quarantine zones for people who may have come into contact with carriers of the Wuhan virus, officials announced on January 23. The international financial hub has been on high alert for the virus, which has killed 17 people since the outbreak started in central China. (Photo by VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP)

Hong Kong braces for spread of coronavirus

Feb 01, 2020 - 7:22 PM

So far, Hong Kong still lags behind China, Singapore, Thailand, and Japan in the number of infections

Virus fears spark mask queues and empty shelves in Hong Kong

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:39 AM

'No matter how long this queue takes and how much it costs, I will at least buy enough for myself,' one woman says

CROWDS. Pedestrians wearing face masks cross a road during a Lunar New Year of the Rat public holiday in Hong Kong on January 27, 2020, as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Project fear: Misinformation spreads China virus panic

Jan 31, 2020 - 9:44 AM

Misleading bat soup videos, vastly inflated death tolls, quack remedies, and vaccine conspiracies compound public fears and stoke racial stereotypes

FALSE REPORTS. Singaporeans check their phones during their commute. AFP photo

Asian nations try to shield against deadly coronavirus outbreak

Jan 29, 2020 - 8:37 AM

The outbreak is sending shock waves through Asia's tourism industry, which has become increasingly reliant on growing numbers of Chinese visitors

TEMPERATURE. A private school in Manila suspends classes and takes precautionary measures on January 28, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus emergency. Photos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Hong Kong slashes border crossings with China over virus

Jan 28, 2020 - 5:57 PM

(UPDATED) The new measures blocking individual travelers will dramatically reduce the number of Chinese able to visit the semi-autonomous city

MASKS IN HONG KONG. Members of security wear facemasks inside the high-speed train station connecting Hong Kong to mainland China during a public holiday in celebration of the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong on January 28, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Proposed Hong Kong virus quarantine building firebombed during protest

Jan 26, 2020 - 10:24 PM

The buildings would be used to house people who may have come into contact with carriers of the virus as they wait to get tested, as well as frontline medical staff worried about infecting their families

Hong Kong Disneyland closes over China virus fears

Jan 26, 2020 - 12:35 PM

Ocean Park, a rival amusement park on Hong Kong's main island, says it is also closing its doors

HK DISNEYLAND. In this file photo, fireworks light up the sky above Sleeping Beauty Castle at Hong Kong Disneyland on September 12, 2006. Photo by Gary Kwok/AFP

Hong Kong declares Wuhan virus outbreak an 'emergency'

Jan 25, 2020 - 6:47 PM

All flights and trains from Wuhan to Hong Kong would be cancelled until further notice

CORONAVIRUS. People wear masks on a train on the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Rat in Hong Kong on January 25, 2020, as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Hong Kong on January 25 declared a mystery virus outbreak as an "emergency" – the city's highest warning tier – as authorities ramped up measures aimed at reducing the risk of further infections spreading. Photo by Dale De La Rey / AFP

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(9th UPDATE) Here are the countries that have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Gray nets game-winning block as Alab survives late HK rally

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:22 PM

Fil-Am guard Jeremiah Gray saves Alab Pilipinas from a late meltdown against Hong Kong Eastern

Alab Pilipinas' Jeremiah Gray on fire after hitting a clutch three against Taiwan Braves, in the ASEAN Basketball League on January 7, 2020. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Hong Kong turns holiday camps into quarantine zones as virus fears spike

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:31 PM

The international financial hub is on high alert for the virus, which has killed 17 people since the outbreak started in central China

VIRUS. A woman holds a child wearing a face mask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Dip in Hong Kong protests raises questions on movement's future

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:21 AM

'For those of us who have been fighting at the front lines, we feel we have not achieved anything,' says one frequent protestor

PROTEST. People are detained by police during a clearance operation after a demonstration against parallel trading in Sheung Shui in Hong Kong on January 5, 2020. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Cebu Pacific calls on HK flight passengers to get checked for flu-like symptoms

Jan 23, 2020 - 1:59 AM

This is one of the airline's precautionary measures after reports surfaced that 4 family members of Hong Kong's first suspected case of the novel coronavirus arrived in Manila

Hong Kong reports first 'preliminary positive' case of new virus

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:02 PM

Health secretary Sophia Chan says the 39-year-old man was 'preliminarily positive,' but a final test result would only be known on January 23

MASKED UP. Young students wear face masks in the arrivals hall at Hong Kong's international airport on January 22, 2020, after China recently confirmed human-to-human transmission in the outbreak of the new SARS-like virus. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Moody's downgrades Hong Kong, blames government response to protests

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:31 AM

The rating downgrade is a major blow to Hong Kong's pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam, who has struggled to end more than 7 months of huge and often violent pro-democracy protests

DOWNGRADE. Hong Kong's reputation as a global business hub was dealt a fresh blow Monday after Moody's downgraded a key rating. AFP file photo

Officers beaten after police disband Hong Kong democracy rally

Jan 19, 2020 - 6:49 PM

'Such appalling acts are not to be condoned,' the police force says

HK POLICE. Riot police stand before a protest backdrop after police dispersed a crowd gathered for the 'universal siege on communists' rally at Chater Garden in Hong Kong on January 19, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong opposition lawmakers ejected for heckling leader

Jan 16, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Security officials are called in multiple times to force out pro-democracy lawmakers who shouted slogans and held placards, including one that portrayed the city's chief executive Carrie Lam as a vampire with bat wings

Pro-democracy lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki holds a sign as he is removed from the legislature during a question and answer session with Hong Kong’s Cheif Executive Carrie Lam (not pictured) in Hong Kong on January 16, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Hong Kong teachers living in fear over protest support

Jan 16, 2020 - 12:43 PM

The president of Hong Kong's Professional Teachers' Union says the government is trying to silence teachers

Teachers and pro-democracy supporters hold placards as they take part in a rally to support teachers at Edinburgh Place in the Central district of Hong Kong on January 3, 2020. Hong Kong has been battered by nearly seven months of unrest -- its biggest political crisis in decades -- which has seen millions come out on the streets demanding greater democratic freedoms. Philip FONG / AFP

Hong Kong protest shoppers show their true colors

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:39 PM

Pro-democracy protesters reward shops and restaurants that support their cause, tagging them 'yellow'. Pro-government and pro-China businesses are tagged 'blue' and frequent targets for vandalism or boycotts.

In this picture taken on January 8, 2020 shows stickers of Pepe the frog and other protest related animals at the entrance of a cafe in North Point area in Hong Kong. Seven months of unrest have taken a heavy toll on many Hong Kong businesses, but pro-democracy protesters are now seeking to reward shops and restaurants that support their cause by building a "yellow" economy. Philip FONG / AFP

China carrying out 'intense' global attack on rights – HRW

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:58 AM

Human Rights Watch accuses Chinese president Xi Jin Ping of overseeing 'the most brutal and pervasive oppression that China has seen for decades'

This photo taken on September 15, 2019 shows people singing a patriotic song during an event in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province, to celebrate the 70th year of the founding of the People's Republic of China. STR / AFP

China defends barring Human Rights Watch head from Hong Kong

Jan 13, 2020 - 5:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Allowing or not allowing someone's entry is China's sovereign right,' foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says

KENNETH ROTH. In this file photo taken on October 16, 2019, Human Rights Watch organization executive director, US Kenneth Roth, speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Human Rights Watch chief says he was barred from entering Hong Kong

Jan 13, 2020 - 10:07 AM

China's foreign affairs ministry accuses Human Rights Watch and other groups of having a 'great responsibility for the chaotic situation in Hong Kong'

Kenneth Roth, executive CEO of international NGO Human Rights Watch, poses during an interview with AFP in Berlin on January 2019 (Photo by John Macdougall/AFP)

[ANALYSIS] Hong Kong’s hangover for 2020

Jan 12, 2020 - 4:24 PM

The very fact that the protests are still ongoing suggests an acceptance by the populace. Yet, Carrie Lam and the Hong Kong government hold most of the cards in finding real practical solutions, much to Hongkongers' frustration


Protest-hit Hong Kong sees surge in depression, PTSD – study

Jan 10, 2020 - 2:08 PM

'One in 5 adults now report probable depression or suspected PTSD, which is comparable to those experiencing armed conflicts, large-scale disasters, or terrorist attacks,' the study says

SMOKE. A protester reacts after police fire tear gas to disperse bystanders in a protest in Jordan district in Hong Kong, on early December 25, 2019. (Photo by Philip Fong/AFP)

'Return to right path,' Beijing's new envoy tells Hong Kong

Jan 06, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Luo Huining replaces Wang Zhimin as head of Beijing's Liaison Office in Hong Kong – the most significant personnel change by China since violent pro-democracy protests erupted in the city nearly 7 months ago

LUO HUINING. Luo Huining, the new head of the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong, speaks briefly with the media in Hong Kong on January 6, 2020. Photo by AFP

Wedding bells on hold for Hong Kong protester, policeman couple

Jan 06, 2020 - 1:04 PM

May, who has regularly attended rallies as a peaceful protester, has seen violence firsthand. But she doesn't believe that her future husband – a frontline riot officer – would hurt anyone.

ON HOLD. A couple pose for wedding photos in the Central district of Hong Kong on September 8, 2018. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

LOOK: Catriona Gray is getting her own Madame Tussauds wax figure

Jan 06, 2020 - 9:47 AM

The wax figure will debut in Manila before flying off to Madame Tussauds Singapore, Bangkok, and Hong Kong

Dozens held after shopping protest at Hong Kong border town

Jan 05, 2020 - 7:26 PM

The marchers are protesting against parallel trading which sees thousands of mainlanders cross the border every day to bulk-buy goods such as infant formula to sell at a profit in China