Cissy Zhou

Hong Kong

Cissy Zhou

Political Economy Reporter

Cissy joined the SCMP in 2019. Prior to that, she has been a producer at BBC News and investigative reporter at CaiXin Media. She is interested in China's politics and economy.

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Coronavirus: airfares from South Korea to China shoot up amid Covid-19 fears

‘I think a growing number of Chinese workers in South Korea are trying to get back to China as soon as possible,’ travel agency manager says

25 Feb 2020 - 2:38PM

‘I think a growing number of Chinese workers in South Korea are trying to get back to China as soon as possible,’ travel agency manager says

Coronavirus: airfares from South Korea to China shoot up amid Covid-19 fears
Coronavirus: sixfold surge in cases in South Korea but China reports fewer new infections

Though most of the infections and deaths have occurred in China, the past week has seen a sharp rise in reported cases and fatalities overseas.

22 Feb 2020 - 4:33PM

Though most of the infections and deaths have occurred in China, the past week has seen a sharp rise in reported cases and fatalities overseas.

Coronavirus: sixfold surge in cases in South Korea but China reports fewer new infections
Coronavirus: China reports 105 more deaths, taking global toll to 1,775, as some cases throw 14-day incubation into doubt

Hubei province’s new Communist Party chief calls for less bureaucracy as number of new infections rises again.

17 Feb 2020 - 6:23PM

Hubei province’s new Communist Party chief calls for less bureaucracy as number of new infections rises again.

Coronavirus: China reports 105 more deaths, taking global toll to 1,775, as some cases throw 14-day incubation into doubt
Coronavirus: experimental treatments give hope as China death toll hits 1,523

Scientists report positive results from treatments using plasma from patients who have recovered from the illness.

15 Feb 2020 - 8:52PM

Scientists report positive results from treatments using plasma from patients who have recovered from the illness.

Coronavirus: experimental treatments give hope as China death toll hits 1,523
Coronavirus: China reports 254 deaths in a day as cases surge after including clinically diagnosed patients

Hubei’s new cases nearly 10 times more than day before, because previously infections were diagnosed only by test kits, of which there has been a shortage.

13 Feb 2020 - 9:46PM

Hubei’s new cases nearly 10 times more than day before, because previously infections were diagnosed only by test kits, of which there has been a shortage.

Coronavirus: China reports 254  deaths in a day as cases surge after including clinically diagnosed patients
Coronavirus: USPS to continue China and Hong Kong services, but removes time guarantees

The United States Postal Service (USPS) will continue to accept mail for China, Hong Kong and Macau but has temporarily suspended the guarantee on priority mail.

13 Feb 2020 - 3:18PM

The United States Postal Service (USPS) will continue to accept mail for China, Hong Kong and Macau but has temporarily suspended the guarantee on priority mail.

Coronavirus: USPS to continue China and Hong Kong services, but removes time guarantees
Coronavirus: Heads roll in Hubei as Beijing’s patience runs out

Beijing removes officials in start of shake-up in Hubei after virus outbreak

13 Feb 2020 - 11:21AM

Beijing removes officials in start of shake-up in Hubei after virus outbreak

Coronavirus: Heads roll in Hubei as Beijing’s patience runs out
Coronavirus: 3 Wuhan officials summoned to explain failings as China death toll reaches 1,018

100 deaths in a day for the first time, with all but five coming in the Hubei epicentre, as China’s chief planner warns against draconian limits on business.

13 Feb 2020 - 6:57PM

100 deaths in a day for the first time, with all but five coming in the Hubei epicentre, as China’s chief planner warns against draconian limits on business.

Coronavirus: 3 Wuhan officials summoned to explain failings as China death toll reaches 1,018
Shanghai adds aerosol infection to coronavirus risk list

As the Chinese government scrambles to contain the outbreak, the contagion has spread to at least 24 other countries, sickening more than 270 outside China.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:32PM

As the Chinese government scrambles to contain the outbreak, the contagion has spread to at least 24 other countries, sickening more than 270 outside China.

Shanghai adds aerosol infection to coronavirus risk list
Coronavirus: Whistle-blower Dr Li Wenliang confirmed dead of the disease at 34, after hours of chaotic messaging from hospital

Li was one of the first doctors who tried to share information about the coronavirus only to be reprimanded by Wuhan police. Wuhan Central Hospital initially denied reports he was dead, saying he was in ‘critical condition’, before finally confirming he had died.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:45PM

Li was one of the first doctors who tried to share information about the coronavirus only to be reprimanded by Wuhan police. Wuhan Central Hospital initially denied reports he was dead, saying he was in ‘critical condition’, before finally confirming he had died.

Coronavirus: Whistle-blower Dr Li Wenliang confirmed dead of the disease at 34, after hours of chaotic messaging from hospital
Trade war: China announces tariff cuts as part of phase one deal despite coronavirus outbreak

China will halve a 10 per cent tariff to 5 per cent, and a 5 per cent tariff to 2.5 per cent in efforts to implement the phase one deal signed with the United States.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:51PM

China will halve a 10 per cent tariff to 5 per cent, and a 5 per cent tariff to 2.5 per cent in efforts to implement the phase one deal signed with the United States.

Trade war: China announces tariff cuts as part of phase one deal despite coronavirus outbreak
Coronavirus: Chinese consul general in New York thanks NBA for its donation to help fight outbreak

Gesture by consul general Huang Ping comes a day after Beijing blames Washington for spreading fears about the contagion and doing ‘nothing to help’.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:05PM

Gesture by consul general Huang Ping comes a day after Beijing blames Washington for spreading fears about the contagion and doing ‘nothing to help’.

Coronavirus: Chinese consul general in New York thanks NBA for its donation to help fight outbreak
Coronavirus: WHO enlists internet giants in war on rumours as mainland China death toll hits 361

Health agency chief says social media companies have taken steps to limit misinformation.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:24PM

Health agency chief says social media companies have taken steps to limit misinformation.

Coronavirus: WHO enlists internet giants in war on rumours as mainland China death toll hits 361
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
China reports outbreak of deadly bird flu among chickens in Hunan province, close to coronavirus epicentre of Wuhan

China reports new outbreak of deadly bird flu even as country struggles to contain spread of coronavirus.

15 Feb 2020 - 12:48AM

China reports new outbreak of deadly bird flu even as country struggles to contain spread of coronavirus.

China reports outbreak of deadly bird flu among chickens in Hunan province, close to coronavirus epicentre of Wuhan
Coronavirus: Wuhan may be home to 75,815 infected, report says

Findings by scientists at Hong Kong University based on the assumption that each infected patient could have infected 2.68 others.

15 Feb 2020 - 12:51AM

Findings by scientists at Hong Kong University based on the assumption that each infected patient could have infected 2.68 others.

Coronavirus: Wuhan may be home to 75,815 infected, report says
Coronavirus: China’s foreign ministry calls US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross ‘unkind’ for saying outbreak will accelerate the return of jobs to the US

Ross told an interviewer that the deadly coronavirus ‘will help accelerate the return of jobs to North America, some to the US, probably some to Mexico as well’.

15 Feb 2020 - 12:52AM

Ross told an interviewer that the deadly coronavirus ‘will help accelerate the return of jobs to North America, some to the US, probably some to Mexico as well’.

Coronavirus: China’s foreign ministry calls US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross ‘unkind’ for saying outbreak will accelerate the return of jobs to the US
Coronavirus: Chinese health experts warn patients can get reinfected

China starts repatriating people to Wuhan as death toll hits 213, and US warns against travel to the country after WHO’s declaration of global public health emergency.

15 Feb 2020 - 6:04PM

China starts repatriating people to Wuhan as death toll hits 213, and US warns against travel to the country after WHO’s declaration of global public health emergency.

Coronavirus: Chinese health experts warn patients can get reinfected
China coronavirus: United Airlines cuts back China flights as disease worsens in Asia

Decision to cancel 24 flights from US to Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai follows State Department warning to avoid non-essential travel to China amid coronavirus concerns.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:05PM

Decision to cancel 24 flights from US to Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai follows State Department warning to avoid non-essential travel to China amid coronavirus concerns.

China coronavirus: United Airlines cuts back China flights as disease worsens in Asia
China’s top 10 infrastructure projects for 2020 and beyond will help boost its slowing economy

China approved 26 infrastructure projects with a total expected investment of 981.7 billion yuan (US$142 billion) in 2019.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:31PM

China approved 26 infrastructure projects with a total expected investment of 981.7 billion yuan (US$142 billion) in 2019.

China’s top 10 infrastructure projects for 2020 and beyond will help boost its slowing economy
China coronavirus: Beijing confirms use of anti-HIV drugs at some hospitals

Three Beijing hospitals have started treating patients with anti-HIV drugs Lopinavir and Ritonavir as the death toll in China rises.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:15PM

Three Beijing hospitals have started treating patients with anti-HIV drugs Lopinavir and Ritonavir as the death toll in China rises.

China coronavirus: Beijing confirms use of anti-HIV drugs at some hospitals
China coronavirus: safe drugs available but questions about effectiveness, Sars expert says as death toll rises to 41 on mainland

More than 1,300 confirmed cases across mainland China, with second temporary hospital to be built in Wuhan at the heart of the outbreak.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:18PM

More than 1,300 confirmed cases across mainland China, with second temporary hospital to be built in Wuhan at the heart of the outbreak.

China coronavirus: safe drugs available but questions about effectiveness, Sars expert says as death toll rises to 41 on mainland
China coronavirus: Nepal reports first case of infection as virus reaches South Asia

Nepali student in his 30s tests positive for the illness after coming home for the holiday from Wuhan, the epicentre of the epidemic. Nepal is the seventh country to confirm a case of the deadly virus.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:18PM

Nepali student in his 30s tests positive for the illness after coming home for the holiday from Wuhan, the epicentre of the epidemic. Nepal is the seventh country to confirm a case of the deadly virus.

China coronavirus: Nepal reports first case of infection as virus reaches South Asia
China coronavirus: 26 dead, while eight cities on lockdown

China’s deadly coronavirus has claimed 26 lives and the illness has infected more than 800 people.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:29PM

China’s deadly coronavirus has claimed 26 lives and the illness has infected more than 800 people.

China coronavirus: 26 dead, while eight cities on lockdown
China coronavirus: as travel ban is issued for Wuhan, many in city rush to escape

The city’s airport and rail station are packed as travellers desperately try to get out of city at the epicentre of the outbreak.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:35PM

The city’s airport and rail station are packed as travellers desperately try to get out of city at the epicentre of the outbreak.

China coronavirus: as travel ban is issued for Wuhan, many in city rush to escape
Taiwan elections: Tsai Ing-wen re-elected as president as rival Han Kuo-yu concedes defeat

President’s approach to Beijing was one of the key issues in the election and victory will be seen as a mandate to continue her approach.

17 Feb 2020 - 5:02PM

President’s approach to Beijing was one of the key issues in the election and victory will be seen as a mandate to continue her approach.

Taiwan elections: Tsai Ing-wen re-elected as president as rival Han Kuo-yu concedes defeat
Taiwan here we come: meet the mainland Chinese who bypassed Beijing’s travel ban to see the election for themselves

‘I suffered a lot in the Cultural Revolution and I know how valuable democracy and freedom is,’ 73-year-old retiree says.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:07PM

‘I suffered a lot in the Cultural Revolution and I know how valuable democracy and freedom is,’ 73-year-old retiree says.

Taiwan here we come: meet the mainland Chinese who bypassed Beijing’s travel ban to see the election for themselves
Taiwan elections: Tsai Ing-wen pulls ahead of Han Kuo-yu as counting gets under way, TV stations say

Early results show incumbent president with about 57 per cent of the vote, with main rival back on 38 per cent.

17 Feb 2020 - 5:02PM

Early results show incumbent president with about 57 per cent of the vote, with main rival back on 38 per cent.

Taiwan elections: Tsai Ing-wen pulls ahead of Han Kuo-yu as counting gets under way, TV stations say
Taiwan manufacturers come home from China, as trade war feeds into economic debate at election

US-China trade war debate filters into Taiwan’s election, as President Tsai Ing-wen trumpets economic policy that welcomes manufacturers back from the mainland.

13 Jan 2020 - 9:53AM

US-China trade war debate filters into Taiwan’s election, as President Tsai Ing-wen trumpets economic policy that welcomes manufacturers back from the mainland.

Taiwan manufacturers come home from China, as trade war feeds into economic debate at election
China-made exports of Ford, Tesla, BMW set to surge as Beijing opens auto industry, government says

Exports of foreign-branded cars assembled in China are expected to rise as the domestic market matures and Beijing opens its auto industry, a new government report reveals.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:49PM

Exports of foreign-branded cars assembled in China are expected to rise as the domestic market matures and Beijing opens its auto industry, a new government report reveals.

China-made exports of Ford, Tesla, BMW set to surge as Beijing opens auto industry, government says