Alice Yan

Alice Yan

Alice Yan is a Shanghai-based social and medical news reporter. She started her journalism career in 2003 and has degrees in economics and public administration. Her Twitter account is @TingYanalice

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How one man is giving hope and free HIV drugs to China’s coronavirus patients

Andy Li runs an online platform that lets people with extra medications share them with people in need.

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Andy Li runs an online platform that lets people with extra medications share them with people in need.

How one man is giving hope and free HIV drugs to China’s coronavirus patients
Shanghai companies begin production of face masks that can be reused up to 10 times

The new KN95 masks, which are not yet for sale, are said to have high air permeability and to be waterproof.

25 Feb 2020 - 10:54PM

The new KN95 masks, which are not yet for sale, are said to have high air permeability and to be waterproof.

Shanghai companies begin production of face masks that can be reused up to 10 times
Chinese state media ‘humiliating’ women nurses in coronavirus propaganda campaign

Reports praising heavily pregnant nurse who continued to work and woman who went back to her job early after miscarriage prompt backlash online.

21 Feb 2020 - 8:00AM

Reports praising heavily pregnant nurse who continued to work and woman who went back to her job early after miscarriage prompt backlash online.

Chinese state media ‘humiliating’ women nurses in coronavirus propaganda campaign
Father whose disabled son died while he was quarantined with coronavirus just wants ‘quiet life’

Teenager with cerebral palsy was left at home without adequate care when his dad and brother were isolated at a treatment facility. Yan Xiaowen has now recovered, while his younger son tested negative.

19 Feb 2020 - 11:43PM

Teenager with cerebral palsy was left at home without adequate care when his dad and brother were isolated at a treatment facility. Yan Xiaowen has now recovered, while his younger son tested negative.

Father whose disabled son died while he was quarantined with coronavirus just wants ‘quiet life’
Coronavirus: desperate times drive some Chinese people to take desperate measures

From the case of a woman who became ill from eating too much raw garlic to the people wearing water bottles as protection, some of the measures are unlikely to do much good

15 Feb 2020 - 11:35PM

From the case of a woman who became ill from eating too much raw garlic to the people wearing water bottles as protection, some of the measures are unlikely to do much good

Coronavirus: desperate times drive some Chinese people to take desperate measures
China’s hi-tech hub Shenzhen gets back to work despite fears deadly coronavirus will keep spreading

Hundreds of thousands of workers have travelled back to their workplace after the extended Lunar New Year break despite the risk from the illness.

13 Feb 2020 - 6:59PM

Hundreds of thousands of workers have travelled back to their workplace after the extended Lunar New Year break despite the risk from the illness.

China’s hi-tech hub Shenzhen gets back to work despite fears deadly coronavirus will keep spreading
China’s private sector business capital on lockdown as coronavirus takes its toll

Authorities in the east China city of Wenzhou have closed roads and ordered people to stay home as number of confirmed cases hits 265.

15 Feb 2020 - 12:47AM

Authorities in the east China city of Wenzhou have closed roads and ordered people to stay home as number of confirmed cases hits 265.

China’s private sector business capital on lockdown as coronavirus takes its toll
Coronavirus claims first life outside China as Wuhan enforces quarantine for all suspected patients

Number of coronavirus fatalities rises to 361, with more than 17,000 confirmed cases.

15 Feb 2020 - 12:47AM

Number of coronavirus fatalities rises to 361, with more than 17,000 confirmed cases.

Coronavirus claims first life outside China as Wuhan enforces quarantine for all suspected patients
Chinese expert who came down with Wuhan coronavirus after saying it was controllable thinks he was infected through his eyes

Peking University respiratory specialist Wang Guangfa contracted illness after visiting the city and believes lack of eye protection may have been the cause.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:33PM

Peking University respiratory specialist Wang Guangfa contracted illness after visiting the city and believes lack of eye protection may have been the cause.

Chinese expert who came down with Wuhan coronavirus after saying it was controllable thinks he was infected through his eyes
Meet the doctors working round the clock to battle China’s coronavirus outbreak

Specialist in Shanghai says 2019-nCoV could be the most contagious disease she has ever faced, but doctor in Guangzhou says ‘it’s not as bad as Sars’.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:40PM

Specialist in Shanghai says 2019-nCoV could be the most contagious disease she has ever faced, but doctor in Guangzhou says ‘it’s not as bad as Sars’.

Meet the doctors working round the clock to battle China’s coronavirus outbreak
China’s post-Sars reporting system may explain long delays in announcing new cases of Wuhan virus

The recent spike in the number of confirmed cases has prompted questions about the process, but medical specialists say the admin involved may be the reason it takes so long.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:51PM

The recent spike in the number of confirmed cases has prompted questions about the process, but medical specialists say the admin involved may be the reason it takes so long.

China’s post-Sars reporting system may explain long delays in announcing new cases of Wuhan virus
Wuhan virus kills fourth patient, infects hospital staff amid fear of ‘super-spreader’

Priority now must be to stop emergence of ‘super-spreaders’, with one carrier already infecting more than a dozen medical personnel, specialist says.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:50PM

Priority now must be to stop emergence of ‘super-spreaders’, with one carrier already infecting more than a dozen medical personnel, specialist says.

Wuhan virus kills fourth patient, infects hospital staff amid fear of ‘super-spreader’
China coronavirus: Beijing breaks its silence, but only to ‘deny rumours’

National disease control centre says new virus ‘is not Sars’, dismisses claims there has been a cover-up in the reporting of cases outside Wuhan.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:16PM

National disease control centre says new virus ‘is not Sars’, dismisses claims there has been a cover-up in the reporting of cases outside Wuhan.

China coronavirus: Beijing breaks its silence, but only to ‘deny rumours’
Chinese transplant patients’ band plays on in honour of Australian donor who dreamed of making music

Five people who benefited from Chongqing teacher Phillip Hancock’s liver, kidneys and corneas after his death are now making music to celebrate his life.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:24PM

Five people who benefited from Chongqing teacher Phillip Hancock’s liver, kidneys and corneas after his death are now making music to celebrate his life.

Chinese transplant patients’ band plays on in honour of Australian donor who dreamed of making music
China seeks more students to study maths and science subjects to ‘serve country’s strategic demands’

Education ministry’s Strong Base Plan aims to boost numbers studying subjects that will help boost country’s development and security.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:26PM

Education ministry’s Strong Base Plan aims to boost numbers studying subjects that will help boost country’s development and security.

China seeks more students to study maths and science subjects to ‘serve country’s strategic demands’
Chinese man detained for 10 days and fined US$73 after throwing boy across playground

‘Impulsive’ father admits pulling boy who fought with his son out of mini castle at Guangxi restaurant and hurling him to the ground.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:31PM

‘Impulsive’ father admits pulling boy who fought with his son out of mini castle at Guangxi restaurant and hurling him to the ground.

Chinese man detained for 10 days and fined US$73 after throwing boy across playground
New push to revive China’s wild yellow croaker fish stocks after Chinese paddlefish goes extinct

A team in Zhejiang is on a mission to ‘train’ young croakers for life in the open sea with hopes that a large wild population can be revived.

17 Feb 2020 - 4:14PM

A team in Zhejiang is on a mission to ‘train’ young croakers for life in the open sea with hopes that a large wild population can be revived.

New push to revive China’s wild yellow croaker fish stocks after Chinese paddlefish goes extinct
Chinese man cleared of schoolgirl’s rape and murder after serving 13 years of life sentence

Zhang Zhichao had been convicted of killing fellow pupil whose body was found in school toilet, but based on contradictory evidence, court finds after family’s long campaign.

17 Feb 2020 - 4:15PM

Zhang Zhichao had been convicted of killing fellow pupil whose body was found in school toilet, but based on contradictory evidence, court finds after family’s long campaign.

Chinese man cleared of schoolgirl’s rape and murder after serving 13 years of life sentence
Chinese journal sorry over paper praising ‘sublime’ mentor and his ‘magnificent’ wife

Publication retracts article from seven years ago and apologises for ‘not scrutinising it more strictly’ after it is rubbished online.

17 Feb 2020 - 4:35PM

Publication retracts article from seven years ago and apologises for ‘not scrutinising it more strictly’ after it is rubbished online.

Chinese journal sorry over paper praising ‘sublime’ mentor and his ‘magnificent’ wife
Chinese YouTube star Li Ziqi dismisses claim she makes US$24 million a year

The 29-year-old’s depiction of a rural idyll in Sichuan, but her company said a viral post about her income had overstated the total

17 Feb 2020 - 8:08PM

The 29-year-old’s depiction of a rural idyll in Sichuan, but her company said a viral post about her income had overstated the total

Chinese YouTube star Li Ziqi dismisses claim she makes US$24 million a year
Gang of geriatric gangsters busted after reign of extortion, blackmail in Chinese city

Group ruled by fear in Yingtan, extorting money and forcing shops to sell them goods at discounts – then using their age and claims of ill health to obstruct police investigation.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:10PM

Group ruled by fear in Yingtan, extorting money and forcing shops to sell them goods at discounts – then using their age and claims of ill health to obstruct police investigation.

Gang of geriatric gangsters busted after reign of extortion, blackmail in Chinese city
Former coach of China’s women’s volleyball team Chen Zhonghe outraged at ‘ugly’ film portrayal

‘There’s enough evidence to sue,’ championship winning coach says about upcoming film celebrating 40 years of team’s success.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:15PM

‘There’s enough evidence to sue,’ championship winning coach says about upcoming film celebrating 40 years of team’s success.

Former coach of China’s women’s volleyball team Chen Zhonghe outraged at ‘ugly’ film portrayal
Chinese woman seeks domestic help for university student daughter ‘who never washed clothes or cooked before’

Mother says she and husband are too busy with work to clean up after their daughter each day.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:28PM

Mother says she and husband are too busy with work to clean up after their daughter each day.

Chinese woman seeks domestic help for university student daughter ‘who never washed clothes or cooked before’
Chinese actress Mei Ting sorry for putting feet up on plane seat in front of her

The 44-year-old says she regrets her behaviour after photo of her on Air China flight is criticised as ‘uncivilised’ on social media.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:32PM

The 44-year-old says she regrets her behaviour after photo of her on Air China flight is criticised as ‘uncivilised’ on social media.

Chinese actress Mei Ting sorry for putting feet up on plane seat in front of her
China’s drive to clean up lakes and rivers starts to bear fruit as pollution levels fall

New study shows chemical levels in surface water fell significantly between 2003 and 2017, but researchers warn that agricultural waste remains a significant problem.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:41PM

New study shows chemical levels in surface water fell significantly between 2003 and 2017, but researchers warn that agricultural waste remains a significant problem.

China’s drive to clean up lakes and rivers starts to bear fruit as pollution levels fall
Air China suspends flight attendant over personal data breach involving 20 celebrities

Employee accused of publishing personal information on social media about famous passengers, including Jing Boran, Ni Ni, Zhang Jie, Du Juan and Su Bingtian.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:42PM

Employee accused of publishing personal information on social media about famous passengers, including Jing Boran, Ni Ni, Zhang Jie, Du Juan and Su Bingtian.

Air China suspends flight attendant over personal data breach involving 20 celebrities
Mainland Chinese tourists shun Hong Kong in favour of Macau over Christmas and New Year

Visitors to the gambling hub surpass those to the former British colony for first time, travel agency figures show

17 Feb 2020 - 8:47PM

Visitors to the gambling hub surpass those to the former British colony for first time, travel agency figures show

Mainland Chinese tourists shun Hong Kong in favour of Macau over Christmas and New Year
Chinese paddlefish, native to the Yangtze River, declared extinct by scientists

One of the world’s biggest freshwater fish species, growing up to 7 metres long, is believed to have died out between 2005 and 2010.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:48PM

One of the world’s biggest freshwater fish species, growing up to 7 metres long, is believed to have died out between 2005 and 2010.

Chinese paddlefish, native to the Yangtze River, declared extinct by scientists
China bans fishing in depleted Yangtze River for 10 years to protect aquatic life

Agriculture vice-minister says waterway has seen ‘across-the-board decline’ in populations of rare species such as Chinese sturgeon.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:52PM

Agriculture vice-minister says waterway has seen ‘across-the-board decline’ in populations of rare species such as Chinese sturgeon.

China bans fishing in depleted Yangtze River for 10 years to protect aquatic life
Hong Kong takes emergency measures as mystery ‘pneumonia’ infects dozens in China’s Wuhan city

Most cases have originated from a single seafood market and health workers are still trying to identify virus responsible.

15 Feb 2020 - 12:40PM

Most cases have originated from a single seafood market and health workers are still trying to identify virus responsible.

Hong Kong takes emergency measures as mystery ‘pneumonia’ infects dozens in China’s Wuhan city