Covid-19: Hong Kong’s visually impaired deprived of virus info with half of Chinese-language news apps inaccessible, NGO says


Hong Kong Blind Union says 2,000 kept out of the loop over city’s infected tally, mask availability and other important updates. Five of the 10 Chinese-language media reviewed fell short in areas such as font size and screen display. — SCMP

Visually impaired people in Hong Kong are struggling to get hold of crucial information about the coronavirus because half of the city’s major Chinese-language news organisations do not have accessible smartphone apps, a local disability group has said.

With more than 2.9 million people infected worldwide, including 1,037 locally, an investigation by Hong Kong Blind Union revealed Covid-19’s “disproportionate” impact on the 2,000 visually challenged residents the non-governmental organisation represents.

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