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Hong Kong bans transit flights from over 150 countries

Jan. 14, 2022 06:47 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong International Airport said it will ban transit passengers from 150 countries and territories starting Sunday, tightening stringent travel controls in an effort to stem the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant. Authorities also said Friday they...

Hong Kong 'patriots only' legislature convenes first session

Jan. 12, 2022 05:22 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s legislature convened Wednesday for the first time since elections last month that were held under new legislation ensuring that only “patriots” who have proven their loyalty to Beijing could run as candidates. The 90-seat Legislative Council,...

China locks down 3rd city, raising affected to 20 million

Jan. 11, 2022 10:33 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A third Chinese city has locked down its residents because of a COVID-19 outbreak, raising the number confined to their homes in China to about 20 million people. The lockdown of Anyang, home to 5.5 million people, was announced late Monday after two cases of the...

One of 2 COVID cases at Hong Kong party was false positive

Jan. 08, 2022 06:22 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — One of two people who attended a large gathering with senior Hong Kong officials and was believed to be infected with COVID-19 turned out to be a false positive, meaning about 80 of more than 180 attendees may no longer face a lengthy quarantine. The birthday...

Hong Kong suspends officials, isolates some 170 party guests

Jan. 07, 2022 15:06 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities on Friday suspended several government officials from duty and will order about 170 people to be quarantined at a government facility after they attended a birthday party where two guests later tested positive for the coronavirus. Hong Kong...

Hong Kong leader disappointed over officials' large party

Jan. 06, 2022 06:47 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Thursday she was disappointed that nine government officials attended a large birthday party that has sparked fears of a new omicron cluster after a guest tested positive for the coronavirus. At least one official who was a guest,...

Hong Kong bans flights, imposes other COVID-19 restrictions

Jan. 05, 2022 06:39 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities announced a two-week ban on flights from the United States and seven other countries and held 2,500 passengers on a cruise ship for coronavirus testing Wednesday as the city attempted to stem an emerging omicron outbreak. The two-week ban on...

Hong Kong's Lam: Media closures unrelated to press freedom

Jan. 04, 2022 05:03 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday said the recent closure of two media outlets in the city does not indicate a decline in press freedom as the decisions were made by the outlets themselves. Her comments came almost a week after authorities arrested seven...

Hong Kong news site to shut; pro-Beijing lawmakers sworn in

Jan. 03, 2022 09:50 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A group of lawmakers loyal to China’s Communist Party were sworn in to Hong Kong's Legislature on Monday following an election without opposition candidates, as yet another pro-democracy news outlet announced it could no longer operate amid a growing crackdown on freedoms in...

Hong Kong news outlet to close amid crackdown on dissent

Jan. 02, 2022 23:40 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong online news site said Sunday that it will cease operations in light of deteriorating press freedoms, days after police raided and arrested seven people for sedition at a separate pro-democracy news outlet. Citizen News announced its decision in a...