Workers check components at an assembly line at Geely Auto Ningbo factory in Zhejiang Province. Chinese automakers are expected to benefit from a shift to private transport triggered by bird flu. Photo: Xinhua

Carmakers gain as bird flu fears hit public transport

Bird flu worries are continuing to reverberate through the mainland's stock markets, with carmakers' shares now rising on expectations that more people will use private cars rather than risk exposure to H7N9 by using public transport.