Tag: Hong Kong

Why Asia’s New Coronavirus Controls Should Worry the World

In China, international flights have been cut back so severely that Chinese students abroad wonder when they will be able to get home. In Singapore, recently returned citizens must share their phones’ location data with the authorities each day to prove they are sticking to government-ordered quarantines. In Taiwan, a man who had traveled to […]

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When Your Restaurant’s Star Dish Is Blamed for Spreading Coronavirus

HONG KONG — What began as a classic Lunar New Year celebration ended with nearly a dozen members of a family sickened and a city of seven million on edge. Nineteen members of an extended family gathered in January for hot pot — a traditional Chinese meal in which diners dip raw meat, seafood and […]

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China Rebukes the U.S. After Saying It Will Expel American Journalists

HONG KONG — China took a combative stance on Wednesday, accusing the United States of starting a diplomatic war that led it to expel almost all American journalists from three newspapers. In articles and commentaries from China’s propaganda organs as well as remarks by a top spokeswoman, Beijing indicated it would not back down, accusing […]

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Tracking the Coronavirus: How Crowded Asian Cities Tackled an Epidemic

SINGAPORE — Two hours. That’s all the time medical teams in Singapore are given to uncover the first details of how patients contracted the coronavirus and which people they might infect. Did they travel abroad? Do they have a link to one of the five clusters of contagion identified across the city-state? Did they cough […]

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Fashion and Masks in the Age of Coronavirus

March 17, 2020 ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by The New York Times The surgical face mask has become a symbol of our times. If there is a symbol of the current confusion and fear, the misinformation and anxiety, generated by the spread of the new coronavirus, it is the surgical face mask. When history looks back on […]

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Why Telling People They Don’t Need Masks Backfired

When news of a mysterious viral pneumonia linked to a seafood market in Wuhan, China, reached the outside world in early January, one of my first reactions was to order a modest supply of masks. Just a few weeks later, there wasn’t a mask to be bought in stores, or online for a reasonable price […]

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They’ve Contained the Coronavirus. Here’s How.

HONG KONG — While the spread of Covid-19 is picking up speed in Europe and the United States, among other regions, the outbreaks in some countries in Asia seem to be under control. The epidemic in China appears to be slowing down after an explosion in cases followed by weeks of draconian control measures. And […]

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Coronavirus and Your Dog: No Need to Panic Yet

Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday updated their reports on the lone dog that appears to have a low-grade infection from coronavirus, saying it’s likely a case of a human transmitting it to the dog. A spokesman for the government’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said the dog, which has been tested several times, is still […]

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‘When Can We Go to School?’ Nearly 300 Million Children Are Missing Class.

HONG KONG — The coronavirus epidemic reached deeper into daily life across the world on Wednesday, with a sweeping shutdown of all schools in Italy and warnings of school closures in the United States, intensifying the educational upheaval of nearly 300 million students globally. Only a few weeks ago, China, where the outbreak began, was […]

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China’s Coronavirus Crisis Is Just Beginning

The Chinese Communist Party has always been quick to congratulate itself for how it deals with crises, be they natural disasters or catastrophes of its own making. The coronavirus epidemic is no exception, even now that it has become a global health emergency. The government of China’s first response to the deadly virus, detected in […]

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‘The Face of the Coronavirus’: A Hong Kong Student Shunned in Italy

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To Protect Global Health, Work With China

HONG KONG — China is making headway in the battle against the Covid-19 epidemic. The daily number of new confirmed cases is declining nationwide, including in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, and other cities in the province of Hubei. Suspected infections are being diagnosed more quickly. As of Thursday, out of about 78,800 confirmed […]

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Jimmy Lai, Hong Kong Media Baron, Is Arrested Over Role in Protests

HONG KONG — A Hong Kong media tycoon known for his ardent opposition to China was arrested on Friday over his role in a pro-democracy protest last year, the police said, dealing another blow to the city’s independent media. The tycoon, Jimmy Lai, a rare figure among Hong Kong’s elite for his willingness to take […]

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China Sentences Hong Kong Bookseller Gui Minhai to 10 Years in Prison

HONG KONG — A court in China has sentenced to 10 years in prison a Hong Kong-based book publisher with Swedish citizenship whose secretive detention in China ignited international controversy. The sentence was quickly denounced by his supporters as the latest example of the Chinese government’s resolve to smother criticism from abroad. The bookseller, Gui […]

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China Sentences Hong Kong Bookseller to 10 Years in Prison

HONG KONG — A court in China has sentenced to 10 years in prison a Hong Kong-based book publisher with Swedish citizenship whose secretive detention in China ignited international controversy. The sentence was quickly denounced by his supporters as the latest example of the Chinese government’s resolve to smother criticism from abroad. The bookseller, Gui […]

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Hong Kong Says It Will Begin Evacuating Residents From Wuhan

HONG KONG — The Hong Kong government, which has faced growing demands to evacuate its residents from mainland China after one died of the coronavirus, said on Monday that it would begin bringing people back from Hubei Province, the center of the outbreak. Thousands of Hong Kong residents have been unable to return after much […]

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Is the Coronavirus Outbreak a Pandemic Yet?

ImageA Christian church service in Seoul on Sunday. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Korea jumped in recent days.Credit…Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters On Tuesday, Feb. 18, no coronavirus cases had been reported in Iran. On Sunday, the government announced 43 cases and eight deaths. Some 152 cases (and at least three deaths) were confirmed in […]

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Impact of the Coronavirus Ripples Across Asia: ‘It Has Been Quiet, Like a Cemetery’

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, one of the most visited sites in Kyoto, Japan, was quiet enough to hear the bamboo creaking in the wind. The Ngong Ping 360 cable cars in Hong Kong, which hover over Lantau Island and take passengers to a famous Buddha statue, hung motionless and […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Passengers Begin Departing Quarantined Cruise Ship in Japan

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA passenger leaving the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan, on Wednesday.Credit…Jae C. Hong/Associated Press Hundreds of passengers began disembarking from a quarantined cruise ship in Japan. Passengers began disembarking on Wednesday from a cruise ship docked off Yokohama, Japan, as a two-week quarantine of the vessel […]

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Arson, Pepper Spray, and Arrests: Hong Kong Protesters Want to Close the Border With China Over Coronavirus

Hong Kongers were already furious at their government and the growing influence of China on their daily lives. But now outrage over the pro-Beijing government’s refusal to close the border with China in the face of the deadly coronavirus outbreak has sparked a fresh wave of outrage, prompting strikes, rallies, and even an arson attack. […]

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