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DIY virus protection: Hong Kongers making own masks amid shortages

Fpo - With chronic face mask shortages in the midst of a virus outbreak, Hong Kongers have started making their own -- with a pop-up production line and seamstresses churning them out on sewing machines.

Armed gang steals toilet rolls in panic-buying Hong Kong

Fpo - A gang of knife-wielding men jumped a delivery driver in Hong Kong and stole hundreds of toilet rolls, police said Monday, in a city wracked by shortages caused by coronavirus panic-buying.

Hong Kong doctor battles fear and separation on virus 'dirty team'

Fpo - After gruelling shifts treating coronavirus patients, Hong Kong doctor Alfred Wong often finds himself alone in a hotel room eating takeaway, battling the pain of being separated from his pregnant wife.

China appoints hardliner to Hong Kong office

Bejing - China on Thursday appointed a senior official known for a hardline crackdown on Christians to head its main policy-making body for Hong Kong, following months of pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous city.

Virus transforms daily life on Hong Kong's fearful streets

Fpo - Hunkering down in cramped apartments and raiding supermarket shelves for food and masks, Hong Kongers are fretting about the future as fear of the new coronavirus sweeps one of the world's most densely populated cities.

Nine members of Hong Kong family feared infected after 'hotpot'

Fpo - Nine members of a Hong Kong family are feared to be infected with the coronavirus after sharing a hotpot meal, officials said Sunday.

Family or job? Tough decisions for Hong Kong border commuters

Fpo - Waiting at a bus stop on Hong Kong's border with mainland China, Billy Yiu was preparing to say goodbye to his wife and baby, unsure when he might see them again.

Hong Kong starts quarantine for mainland China arrivals

Fpo - Hong Kong on Saturday began enforcing a mandatory two-week quarantine for anyone arriving from mainland China, a dramatic escalation of its bid to stop the deadly new coronavirus from spreading.

Hong Kong unveils virus quarantine plans, with jail for dodgers

Fpo - Hong Kong on Friday said it will deploy an army of volunteers to bolster plans to forcibly quarantine all arrivals from mainland China, warning that anyone caught breaching the new rules faces up to six months prison.

Viral hysteria: Hong Kong panic sparks run on toilet paper

Fpo - Panic buyers in Hong Kong have descended on supermarkets to snap up toilet paper after false online claims of shortages, prompting authorities to appeal for calm as the city's seven million residents fret about a deadly coronavirus outbreak.

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

Fpo - Hong Kong's flagship carrier Cathay Pacific is asking its entire workforce to take up to three weeks of unpaid leave, its CEO announced Wednesday, as the airline faces a crisis in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak.

Major US airlines add Hong Kong to China flight suspensions

Fpo - United and American Airlines on Wednesday both announced plans to temporarily suspend flights to Hong Kong following the outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus.

Japan quarantines 3,700 on cruise ship over new coronavirus

Kitakata - Japan has quarantined a cruise ship carrying 3,711 people and was testing those onboard for the new coronavirus Tuesday after a former passenger was diagnosed with the illness in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong economy shrinks for first time in a decade

Fpo - Hong Kong confirmed Monday it plunged into recession in 2019, suffering its first annual contraction in a decade as the city buckled under the twin pressures of the US-China trade war and months of furious pro-democracy protests.

Hong Kong shuts most China crossings over virus as medics strike

Fpo - Hong Kong announced it was closing all but two land crossings with the Chinese mainland on Monday to slow the spread of a deadly new coronavirus as medics staged strikes calling for the border to be completely sealed.

Virus fears spark mask queues and empty shelves in Hong Kong

Fpo - Long queues form at pharmacies and crowds of panic-buyers strip supermarket shelves in Hong Kong as fears spread through the crowded metropolis over China's new coronavirus epidemic.

'Draconian' travel curbs needed to halt spread of virus: scientists

Fpo - Governments need to implement "draconian" travel curbs to stop a mystery coronavirus in China becoming a global epidemic, a team of experts mapping the outbreak said Monday.

Proposed Hong Kong virus quarantine building firebombed during protest

Fpo - Protesters threw petrol bombs on Sunday night at an empty public housing complex in Hong Kong that had been earmarked to become a temporary quarantine zone as the city battles the outbreak of a SARS-like virus.

Hong Kong holiday camps become quarantine zones as virus fears spike

Fpo - 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 Thursday.

As intensity fades, Hong Kong protesters mull tactics

Fpo - A sharp dip in the frequency and ferocity of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests has raised questions over the future of the leaderless movement, rattled by a spike in arrests and increasingly aggressive police tactics.

Hong Kong's Lunar New Year fairs get a protest makeover

Fpo - Protest-themed Lunar New Year fairs have sprung up across Hong Kong to raise money and morale for the city's pro-democracy movement despite stiff resistance from local authorities and pro-Beijing politicians.

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

Fpo - Hong Kong's reputation as a global business hub was dealt a fresh blow Monday after Moody's downgraded a key rating, blaming a lack of government response to months of popular protests and China's increased influence over the city's institutions.

Toy Story: Hong Kong protest models become major hit

Fpo - Intricately detailed Hong Kong protester figurines have become the latest must-have collectables as toy stores recreate the pro-democracy movement's street battles with police in their shop displays.

Officers beaten after police disband Hong Kong democracy rally

Fpo - Two police officers were beaten bloody by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong Sunday as violence erupted at a rally calling for greater democratic freedoms in the heart of the city.

Hong Kong airline made woman take pregnancy test

Fpo - A Hong Kong airline forced a Japanese woman to take a pregnancy test before allowing her on a flight to a Pacific island popular with mothers seeking US citizenship for their babies.

Hong Kong leader says city could keep freedoms if it 'stays loyal'

Fpo - Hong Kong may be allowed to keep its unique freedoms beyond their 2047 expiry date, its leader said Thursday, but only if inhabitants remain loyal to Beijing's vision of how the city should be run.

Hong Kong teachers living in fear over protest support

Fpo - Hong Kong's teachers say they are living in fear as the city's democracy protests rumble on, with some not daring to discuss the movement and others anxious they could even lose their jobs if they are caught supporting it.

Hong Kong protest shoppers show their true colours

Fpo - 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.

Top judge in protest-hit Hong Kong defends legal system

Fpo - Hong Kong's top judge on Monday delivered a passionate defence of the city's legal system as it struggles with a backlog of protester trials and accusations of bias from all sides.

China defends barring Human Rights Watch head from Hong Kong

Bejing - China on Monday defended barring the head of Human Rights Watch from entering Hong Kong, saying non-governmental organisations were responsible for political unrest in the city and should "pay the proper price".
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