Over the past few weeks, the world has been in a state of panic as the new "Omicron" variant of the Covid-19 was identified by the World Health Organization (WHO). The designation has set off a wave of new travel bans and restrictions around the world, has spooked markets and wiped away what was otherwise a growing ray of optimism towards a more managed pandemic through the impact of vaccines.
The Hong Kong government held a press conference on Thursday (Dec. 2) afternoon to announce the details of the health code system, which will be open for public download and registration from 9:00 a.m. on December 10.
The Hong Kong government said that the details of the city's long-anticipated health code system will be announced today (Dec. 2) afternoon, which is an important step towards the orderly resumption of Quarantine-free travel between HK and the Mainland.
Hong Kong Customs has taken enforcement action against cannabis in the past two days. Following the seizure of about 55 kilograms of suspected cannabis buds on November 29, Customs on November 30 further seized about 28kg of suspected cannabis buds with a total estimated market value of about HK$6 million in Yuen Long and arrested a man suspected to be in connection with the case. The total value of the suspected cannabis buds seized in the two cases has reached HK$18 million.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Wednesday (Dec. 1) concluded her Wuhan visit by visiting a local carbon emissions exchange center and meeting teachers and students at Wuhan University. The chief executive has returned to HK via Shenzhen in the afternoon.
Salary earners in Hong Kong can expect a pay raise of 1.7 percent on average next year, slightly better than a 0.8 percent increase this year, according to a survey conducted among 438 HK companies in September.
Hongkong Post announced today (Dec. 1) that the latest posting date for Christmas mail for local delivery before Christmas Day is Dec. 21. Mail posted after that date might run the risk of not being delivered in time because of anticipated seasonal work pressure. Members of the public are advised to post mail as early as possible in order to avoid a last-minute rush.
Hong Kong police said on Wednesday (Dec. 1) that they have uncovered a fraud ring active in Southeast Asia and arrested 27 people in total on suspicion of money laundering over alleged online dating scams involving a total of HK$15 million. The operation was jointly carried out with Interpol and police in Malaysia.