Charley Lanyon

Charley Lanyon

Charley is SCMP's US Culture Correspondent. After years living and eating in Asia, he has recently relocated to Los Angeles where he is delighted to report that the dim sum isn’t terrible.

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Trump says White House will ‘do something’ about Hong Kong issue by end of week

US senators move to pressure China with Hong Kong sanctions bill; proposed legislation is response to controversial national security law put forward by Beijing.

US senators move to pressure China with Hong Kong sanctions bill; proposed legislation is response to controversial national security law put forward by Beijing.

Trump says White House will ‘do something’ about Hong Kong issue by end of week
27 May 2020 - 12:14PM
California, seen as a leader in US coronavirus response, faces new guidelines, budget cuts and scrutiny

The state is reeling from sharp revenue drops and slashed budgets: within months it will go from a surplus of more than US$6 billion to a US$54 billion deficit.

The state is reeling from sharp revenue drops and slashed budgets: within months it will go from a surplus of more than US$6 billion to a US$54 billion deficit.

California, seen as a leader in US coronavirus response, faces new guidelines, budget cuts and scrutiny
20 May 2020 - 6:23AM
Top disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci warns of ‘really serious’ consequences if US reopens too soon

Fauci testified to Senate panel via video conference; while he warned about ‘serious’ consequences of reopening the nation too soon, he also offered cautious optimism on vaccine development.

Fauci testified to Senate panel via video conference; while he warned about ‘serious’ consequences of reopening the nation too soon, he also offered cautious optimism on vaccine development.

Top disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci warns of ‘really serious’ consequences if US reopens too soon
13 May 2020 - 8:19PM
Coronavirus: as Covid-19 cases in some US states swell, a model revises estimates upwards

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation revises projections for a second time in less than a week, as states ease restrictions faster than expected. In many states – Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas and Maryland, among them – daily reported cases are still on the rise.

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation revises projections for a second time in less than a week, as states ease restrictions faster than expected. In many states – Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas and Maryland, among them – daily reported cases are still on the rise.

Coronavirus: as Covid-19 cases in some US states swell, a model revises estimates upwards
12 May 2020 - 10:57PM
Sperm containing coronavirus raises possibility of sexually transmitted Covid-19, Chinese study shows

Doctors in China found 16 per cent of men hospitalised with disease at one facility tested positive for Sars-Cov-2 in their semen, but researchers caution that the findings are preliminary and far from conclusive.

Doctors in China found 16 per cent of men hospitalised with disease at one facility tested positive for Sars-Cov-2 in their semen, but researchers caution that the findings are preliminary and far from conclusive.

Sperm containing coronavirus raises possibility of sexually transmitted Covid-19, Chinese study shows
8 May 2020 - 11:32PM
Coronavirus: Donald Trump to force government to buy US medical supplies in extended ‘Buy America’ programme amid concerns over China, says trade adviser

White House adviser Peter Navarro says president will soon sign executive order requiring federal agencies to buy US-made medical products and pharmaceuticals.

White House adviser Peter Navarro says president will soon sign executive order requiring federal agencies to buy US-made medical products and pharmaceuticals.

Coronavirus: Donald Trump to force government to buy US medical supplies in extended ‘Buy America’ programme amid concerns over China, says trade adviser
5 May 2020 - 11:06PM
Coronavirus: Many US states start to reopen despite warnings of new outbreaks

In those states taking a more moderate approach to allowing a resumption of business, governors face pressure from both outside and inside their borders.

In those states taking a more moderate approach to allowing a resumption of business, governors face pressure from both outside and inside their borders.

Coronavirus: Many US states start to reopen despite warnings of new outbreaks
2 May 2020 - 4:30AM
US expected to approve use of remdesivir after trials show it helped coronavirus patients

Food and Drug Administration seen to allow emergency use of Gilead Sciences’ experimental drug after clinical trials show its effectiveness.

Food and Drug Administration seen to allow emergency use of Gilead Sciences’ experimental drug after clinical trials show its effectiveness.

US expected to approve use of remdesivir after trials show it helped coronavirus patients
30 Apr 2020 - 7:54AM
Waves of people flock to beaches in southern California despite coronavirus concerns

Orange and Ventura counties have kept their beaches open amid statewide stay-at-home order; people flocked to those seafront towns over the weekend.

Orange and Ventura counties have kept their beaches open amid statewide stay-at-home order; people flocked to those seafront towns over the weekend.

Waves of people flock to beaches in southern California despite coronavirus concerns
28 Apr 2020 - 7:06AM
Coronavirus: Covid-19 was in US earlier than first thought. Here’s why that’s important to know

February deaths in California upend what experts thought they knew about the virus’s spread in US, as antibody tests indicate a much greater incidence of infection, and possible recovery – information vital to help decide next steps to take.

February deaths in California upend what experts thought they knew about the virus’s spread in US, as antibody tests indicate a much greater incidence of infection, and possible recovery – information vital to help decide next steps to take.

Coronavirus: Covid-19 was in US earlier than first thought. Here’s why that’s important to know
24 Apr 2020 - 6:21AM
Coronavirus: Chinese agents stoked panic in US by spreading fake warnings, officials tell New York Times

New York Times report says operatives helped spread messages claiming Trump administration would deploy national guard to enforce nationwide quarantine.

New York Times report says operatives helped spread messages claiming Trump administration would deploy national guard to enforce nationwide quarantine.

Coronavirus: Chinese agents stoked panic in US by spreading fake warnings, officials tell New York Times
23 Apr 2020 - 6:44AM
Coronavirus: US wants to enter Wuhan virology lab, and Trump questions China death toll

‘We are still asking the Chinese Communist Party to allow experts to get in to that virology lab so that we can determine precisely where this virus began,’ said Pompeo, while Trump insists in White House briefing that China’s death toll is higher.

‘We are still asking the Chinese Communist Party to allow experts to get in to that virology lab so that we can determine precisely where this virus began,’ said Pompeo, while Trump insists in White House briefing that China’s death toll is higher.

Coronavirus: US wants to enter Wuhan virology lab, and Trump questions China death toll
18 Apr 2020 - 8:32AM
Donald Trump announces guidelines for ‘opening up America again’

Trump explicitly left the time table for opening up states to the governors.

Trump explicitly left the time table for opening up states to the governors.

Donald Trump announces guidelines for ‘opening up America again’
17 Apr 2020 - 8:12AM
Coronavirus: Mike Pompeo urges China for ‘full transparency’ in call with top diplomat Yang Jiechi

The call comes after President Donald Trump announced his decision to pull US funding from the World Health Organisation, accusing the UN body of being biased in favour of China.

The call comes after President Donald Trump announced his decision to pull US funding from the World Health Organisation, accusing the UN body of being biased in favour of China.

Coronavirus: Mike Pompeo urges China for ‘full transparency’ in call with top diplomat Yang Jiechi
16 Apr 2020 - 11:10PM
New coronavirus outbreak hotspots emerging across US

Outbreaks are now erupting across the US, and not just in large metropolitan areas like Chicago and Detroit; from the South to the Midwest to the Great Plains, states are grappling with rising confirmed cases and fatalities.

Outbreaks are now erupting across the US, and not just in large metropolitan areas like Chicago and Detroit; from the South to the Midwest to the Great Plains, states are grappling with rising confirmed cases and fatalities.

New coronavirus outbreak hotspots emerging across US
15 Apr 2020 - 9:17PM
Coronavirus: early actions pay off in US west coast fight against the outbreak

California, Oregon and Washington made hard choices early, but seem to have minimised confirmed cases and deaths The states said on Monday they are discussing a framework for jointly reopening their economies once the virus is under control.

California, Oregon and Washington made hard choices early, but seem to have minimised confirmed cases and deaths The states said on Monday they are discussing a framework for jointly reopening their economies once the virus is under control.

Coronavirus: early actions pay off in US west coast fight against the outbreak
14 Apr 2020 - 2:37PM
Coronavirus: as the pandemic spreads in the US, so do racist attacks, and not just against Asians

Asians and Asian Americans continue to be targeted, but recent coronavirus webinars have included abuse and slurs of black participants; the Zoom videoconferencing platform was used, and hacked, in both webinars.

Asians and Asian Americans continue to be targeted, but recent coronavirus webinars have included abuse and slurs of black participants; the Zoom videoconferencing platform was used, and hacked, in both webinars.

Coronavirus: as the pandemic spreads in the US, so do racist attacks, and not just against Asians
11 Apr 2020 - 5:45AM
How the Wuhan experience could help coronavirus battle in US and Europe

Protocols developed at the pandemic’s first hotspot could guide health care workers in the US and Europe as they struggle with the same issues.

Protocols developed at the pandemic’s first hotspot could guide health care workers in the US and Europe as they struggle with the same issues.

How the Wuhan experience could help coronavirus battle in US and Europe
13 Oct 2020 - 9:18PM
Coronavirus: Donald Trump threatens to cut off WHO funding over agency’s handling of outbreak

US president says World Health Organisation knew about the dangers of the coronavirus months before it took any action.

US president says World Health Organisation knew about the dangers of the coronavirus months before it took any action.

Coronavirus: Donald Trump threatens to cut off WHO funding over agency’s handling of outbreak
8 Apr 2020 - 9:59PM
Coronavirus: preparing for crisis, hospitals across US struggle under financial strain, equipment shortages

Medical facilities in smaller American cities and rural areas face grim reckoning as Covid-19 spreads.

Medical facilities in smaller American cities and rural areas face grim reckoning as Covid-19 spreads.

Coronavirus: preparing for crisis, hospitals across US struggle under financial strain, equipment shortages
7 Apr 2020 - 8:28PM
Coronavirus: Trump gives mixed signals on wearing masks as some US local governments order the public to use them

The US president emphasised that under the new guidance wearing any kind of face covering was voluntary; the move follows a growing movement to encourage people to wear masks across the country.

The US president emphasised that under the new guidance wearing any kind of face covering was voluntary; the move follows a growing movement to encourage people to wear masks across the country.

Coronavirus: Trump gives mixed signals on wearing masks as some US local governments order the public to use them
4 Apr 2020 - 7:28AM
Coronavirus: US starts to change its thinking on wearing protective masks

California becomes the first state to offer official guidelines acknowledging that wearing a mask could help contain the spread of coronavirus. Many Americans have viewed face coverings with suspicion or as unnecessary.

California becomes the first state to offer official guidelines acknowledging that wearing a mask could help contain the spread of coronavirus. Many Americans have viewed face coverings with suspicion or as unnecessary.

Coronavirus: US starts to change its thinking on wearing protective masks
3 Apr 2020 - 5:49AM
California’s new coronavirus ‘Health Corps’ flooded with 25,000 job applications in a day

The Golden State is going all-out to swell its ranks of health care workers in response to ballooning coronavirus hospitalisations.

The Golden State is going all-out to swell its ranks of health care workers in response to ballooning coronavirus hospitalisations.

California’s new coronavirus ‘Health Corps’ flooded with 25,000 job applications in a day
1 Apr 2020 - 5:55AM
Seattle restrictions bear fruit as coronavirus infections slow in hard-hit US Pacific northwest city

‘We slowed the transmission,’ Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan says, amid signs the tide is turning. Washington state was one of the first to ask people to observe social distancing, as early as the end of February.

‘We slowed the transmission,’ Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan says, amid signs the tide is turning. Washington state was one of the first to ask people to observe social distancing, as early as the end of February.

Seattle restrictions bear fruit as coronavirus infections slow in hard-hit US Pacific northwest city
31 Mar 2020 - 3:33AM
Circadian rhythm isn’t just about sleep – it affects our immune system, metabolism, fertility and more, doctors explain

Disruption of your natural circadian rhythm, or body clock, will not only leave you tired, unmotivated and moody, but could lower body’s your defences against cancer, affect digestion, and make you less fertile, medical researchers say.

Disruption of your natural circadian rhythm, or body clock, will not only leave you tired, unmotivated and moody, but could lower body’s your defences against cancer, affect digestion, and make you less fertile, medical researchers say.

Circadian rhythm isn’t just about sleep – it affects our immune system, metabolism, fertility and more, doctors explain
30 Mar 2020 - 7:15AM
Coronavirus: California’s hospitals, economy and everyday life upended by spiralling number of cases

Officials in the most populous US state rush to prepare for a further onslaught while dealing with a spike in confirmed infections.

Officials in the most populous US state rush to prepare for a further onslaught while dealing with a spike in confirmed infections.

Coronavirus: California’s hospitals, economy and everyday life upended by spiralling number of cases
28 Mar 2020 - 5:48AM
Coronavirus: California officials alarmed by rate of infection

Despite severe ‘shelter in place’ and business-closing orders, state now confirms more than 3,200 cases, a rise of nearly 22 per cent in 24 hours and a trend that puts California on a path similar to New York’s.

Despite severe ‘shelter in place’ and business-closing orders, state now confirms more than 3,200 cases, a rise of nearly 22 per cent in 24 hours and a trend that puts California on a path similar to New York’s.

Coronavirus: California officials alarmed by rate of infection
27 Mar 2020 - 6:54AM
Coronavirus: Trump wants restrictions eased by Easter, but California begs to differ

Officials in the most populous US state, already designated a disaster area, say the outbreak has not yet reached the height of its impact there; San Francisco Mayor London Breed asks ‘Why are we still listening to the president?’

Officials in the most populous US state, already designated a disaster area, say the outbreak has not yet reached the height of its impact there; San Francisco Mayor London Breed asks ‘Why are we still listening to the president?’

Coronavirus: Trump wants restrictions eased by Easter, but California begs to differ
27 Mar 2020 - 3:35PM
New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal urge China to reconsider expulsion of US journalists

A joint letter from three news organisations said the media is suffering ‘collateral damage’ from a diplomatic dispute between the two countries.

A joint letter from three news organisations said the media is suffering ‘collateral damage’ from a diplomatic dispute between the two countries.

New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal urge China to reconsider expulsion of US journalists
25 Mar 2020 - 10:46PM
Health and wellness companies target boomers – fit, active and the healthiest ageing 50-plus generation ever

The current 50-plus generation is the healthiest ever – fit, active, looking for adventure and loaded. For the first time, middle-aged really does mean halfway through life. Health and wellness companies are among the first to get this.

The current 50-plus generation is the healthiest ever – fit, active, looking for adventure and loaded. For the first time, middle-aged really does mean halfway through life. Health and wellness companies are among the first to get this.

Health and wellness companies target boomers – fit, active and the healthiest ageing 50-plus generation ever
26 May 2020 - 1:37PM