Hong Kong dismisses business pushback over ‘zero-COVID’ strategy

Hong Kong’s leader doubled down on her zero-COVID strategy on Tuesday, brushing off growing pushback from the business community over the city’s indefinite international isolation. The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong wrote a rare open letter to Chief Executive Carrie Lam earlier this month warning that the finance hub’s business reputation was at risk and residents were “indefinitely […]

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Hong Kong could soon bin millions of unused vaccine doses

Hong Kong may soon have to throw away millions of coronavirus vaccine doses because they are approaching their expiry date and not enough people have signed up for the jabs, an official warned Tuesday. Hong Kong is one of the few places in the world fortunate enough to have secured more than enough doses to inoculate its entire population of […]

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Hong Kong scientists say anti-microbe drug successful against coronavirus

Credit: CC0 Public Domain An affordable anti-microbial drug used to treat stomach ulcers and bacterial infections has shown promise in combatting the coronavirus in animals, scientists in Hong Kong announced Monday. Researchers set out to explore whether metallodrugs—compounds containing metal that are more commonly used against bacteria—might also have anti-viral properties that could fight the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Using Syrian hamsters […]

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Hong Kong reports ‘first case’ of virus reinfection

Hong Kong scientists are reporting the case of a healthy man in his 30s who became reinfected with coronavirus four and a half months after his first bout. They say genome sequencing shows the two strains of the virus are “clearly different”, making it the world’s first proven case of reinfection. The World Health Organization warns it is important not […]

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Hong Kong reports virus death as workers strike at hospitals

Hong Kong hospitals cut services as medical workers were striking for a second day Tuesday to demand the border with mainland China be shut completely to ward off a virus that caused its first death in the semi-autonomous territory. All but two of Hong Kong’s land and sea crossings with the mainland were closed at midnight after more than 2,000 […]

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Hong Kong scientists claim ‘broad-spectrum’ antiviral breakthrough

Hong Kong scientists claim they have made a potential breakthrough discovery in the fight against infectious diseases—a chemical that could slow the spread of deadly viral illnesses. A team from the University of Hong Kong described the newly discovered chemical as “highly potent in interrupting the life cycle of diverse viruses” in a study published this month in the journal […]

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