Tag: Hong Kong

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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HSBC Plans to Cut 35,000 Jobs as Challenges Mount in Asia

HONG KONG — HSBC plans to cut 35,000 jobs over the next three years as the global bank struggles to revive a business that has come to depend increasingly on China for growth. The London-based bank said on Tuesday that it aimed to cut $4.5 billion in costs as it faces headwinds that include the […]

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How a Hong Kong Campus Became a Fiery Battlefield

Episode 26: ‘Fire and Water’ Producer/Director Andréa Schmidt Protesters clutching smartphones and wearing masks took to the streets. Armor-clad riot police fired water cannons and tear gas to reassert authority. For months, the two sides clashed in a spate of increasingly violent confrontations at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The siege of PolyU last November was […]

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The Social Life of Coronavirus Masks

The latest coronavirus epidemic has sent people scrambling for face masks like never before. “The world is facing severe disruption in the market for personal protective equipment,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization, warned last week. “Demand is up to 100 times higher than normal and prices are up to 20 […]

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How Many Coronavirus Cases in China? Officials Tweak the Answer

HONG KONG — The news was abrupt and, to some, surprising: Overnight, Heilongjiang, a Chinese province near Russia, had cut its count of confirmed coronavirus cases by more than a dozen. The revision stemmed from what appeared to be a bureaucratic decision, buried in a series of dense documents from the national government. Health officials […]

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A Store, a Chalet, an Unsealed Pipe: Coronavirus Hot Spots Flare Far From Wuhan

HONG KONG — An apartment building in Hong Kong, its units linked by pipes. A department store in the eastern Chinese city of Tianjin, where more than 11,000 shoppers and employees mingled. A ski chalet in France, home base for a group of British citizens on vacation. These sites, scattered around the world, have become […]

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Coronavirus Updates: Infection May Have Spread Through Hong Kong Building’s Pipes

Here’s what you need to know: Two infections on different floors in one Hong Kong building raise fears of spread. ImageThe authorities outside a building in Hong Kong on Tuesday where two residents were found to be infected with the coronavirus.Credit…Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times Hong Kong officials evacuated and quarantined dozens […]

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The Urgent Questions Scientists Are Asking About Coronavirus

GENEVA — Around the world and around the clock, scientists are trying to figure out what must be done to end the global health emergency unleashed by the new coronavirus. As the outbreak accelerates and spreads, dozens of countries have deployed increasingly stringent measures to try and contain the epidemic. Almost as quickly, in a […]

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A Job Overseas, but Stranded by Coronavirus Travel Bans

HONG KONG — Jade Doringo arrived at Manila’s international airport more than five hours ahead of her scheduled departure to Hong Kong, where she worked as a software engineer. But instead of getting on her flight, she was asked to surrender her boarding pass. That morning, on Feb. 2, President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines […]

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The Coronavirus Hits Hong Kong? Quick, Toilet Paper!

HONG KONG — “It’s gone,” I overheard my neighbor Mrs. Wong shout in Cantonese from her balcony to a man on a bicycle downstairs. “Maai saai la!” Sold out. This was unbelievable. I jumped from the sofa, pulled on my shoes and headed across the island, to our single village supermarket, Wellcome. Just outside, a […]

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In Hong Kong, the Coronavirus Strikes a Wounded City

ImageOn Hong Kong’s streets on Monday, most people could be seen wearing surgical masks.Credit…Billy H.C. Kwok for The New York Times HONG KONG — Hong Kong has suffered through months of political protests. Its economy is shrinking. Mistrust divides its people from its leaders. Locals and expatriates alike already talk openly about leaving. Now the […]

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Trapped on a Cruise Ship by the Coronavirus: When Is Breakfast?

TOKYO — Hidden away in her cabin, Masako Ishida reckons she doesn’t face much risk from the coronavirus that has stalked her cruise ship, forcing an onboard quarantine of 3,700 passengers and crew members in the port city of Yokohama. Ms. Ishida, 61, is trying to see the bright side as she faces two long […]

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Hong Kong Tightens Border as Medical Workers Call for Shutdown

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s government said Monday that it would close more border checkpoints, as some medical workers went on strike to demand a complete ban on entries from mainland China to limit the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s top official, has faced increasing calls from hospital employees, the business […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Death Toll in China Surpasses That of SARS Outbreak

Here’s what you need to know: ImageConstruction on the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan, China, on Sunday. The hospital was built in just 10 days as part of China’s efforts against the new coronavirus.Credit…Getty Images The death toll in China exceeds that of the SARS outbreak. The death toll from the coronavirus has now exceeded that […]

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As Coronavirus Spreads, So Does Anti-Chinese Sentiment

In Japan, the hashtag #ChineseDon’tComeToJapan has been trending on Twitter. In Singapore, tens of thousands of residents have signed a petition calling for the government to ban Chinese nationals from entering the country. In Hong Kong, South Korea and Vietnam, businesses have posted signs saying that mainland Chinese customers are not welcome. In France, a […]

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Cordoning the Coronavirus: Countries Limit Travel to China

HONG KONG — Countries, cities and businesses across the globe issued new travel warnings on Tuesday, vastly expanding a cordon intended to control the flow of people to and from China, where the authorities are struggling to contain the outbreak of the new coronavirus. In the most drastic measure to limit travel, the Hong Kong […]

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We Made the Coronavirus Epidemic

The latest scary new virus that has captured the world’s horrified attention, caused a lockdown of 56 million people in China, disrupted travel plans around the globe and sparked a run on medical masks from Wuhan, Hubei Province, to Bryan, Texas, is known provisionally as “nCoV-2019.” It’s a clunky moniker for a lurid threat. The […]

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Coronavirus Infections Expanding at a Growing Rate

SHANGHAI — A top Chinese health official warned on Sunday that the spread of the deadly new coronavirus, already extraordinarily rapid, could accelerate further, deepening global fears about an illness that has sickened more than 2,000 people worldwide and killed at least 56 people in China. Adding to the growing alarm, the official, Ma Xiaowei, […]

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Yellow or Blue? In Hong Kong, Businesses Choose Political Sides

HONG KONG — The tapioca pearls at Fred Liu’s bubble teahouse are springy and fresh, just like the fish balls at Elaine Lau’s noodle shop. But that is not the only reason customers flock to these eateries in Hong Kong’s bustling Causeway Bay shopping district. Both are members of the so-called yellow economy, shops that […]

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