Elizabeth Cheung

Hong Kong

Elizabeth Cheung

Reporter, Hong Kong

Elizabeth Cheung has been a health reporter for the Post's Hong Kong desk since 2014. She covers general medical news, breakthrough medical treatments and research, government policy and hospital blunders. Elizabeth has a master's in development studies.

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Coronavirus: four more confirmed cases in Hong Kong including Diamond Princess cruise passenger, 16, who is city’s youngest Covid-19 patient

Teenager and his 21-year-old sister were evacuated from Japan on the third flight government had chartered to bring home cruise passengers.

26 Feb 2020 - 11:48PM

Teenager and his 21-year-old sister were evacuated from Japan on the third flight government had chartered to bring home cruise passengers.

Coronavirus: four more confirmed cases in Hong Kong including Diamond Princess cruise passenger, 16, who is city’s youngest Covid-19 patient
Coronavirus: South Korea records almost 300 new infections as Hong Kong confirms first child case

Teenage boy from Diamond Princess cruise ship among four new infections confirmed by city’s health authorities.

28 Feb 2020 - 9:48PM

Teenage boy from Diamond Princess cruise ship among four new infections confirmed by city’s health authorities.

Coronavirus: South Korea records almost 300 new infections as Hong Kong confirms first child case
Coronavirus: Hong Kong Jockey Club member the latest confirmed case, bringing total in city to 85

Woman, 60, had visited private doctor five times before she was transferred to Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital in Happy Valley.

26 Feb 2020 - 3:17PM

Woman, 60, had visited private doctor five times before she was transferred to Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital in Happy Valley.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong Jockey Club member the latest confirmed case, bringing total in city to 85
Coronavirus: has Hong Kong learned the hard lessons of Sars or is it repeating the same mistakes?

The city was supposed to have learned some hard lessons after the Sars outbreak in 2003, but are officials just making the same old mistakes?

25 Feb 2020 - 10:44AM

The city was supposed to have learned some hard lessons after the Sars outbreak in 2003, but are officials just making the same old mistakes?

Coronavirus: has Hong Kong learned the hard lessons of Sars or is it repeating the same mistakes?
Hong Kong health chief during Sars epidemic believes city’s emergency plan can be improved

Now director of Chinese University’s school of public health, Yeoh Eng-kiong is advocating for an overall framework that can be adjusted to different crises.

25 Feb 2020 - 7:39AM

Now director of Chinese University’s school of public health, Yeoh Eng-kiong is advocating for an overall framework that can be adjusted to different crises.

Hong Kong health chief during Sars epidemic believes city’s emergency plan can be improved
Coronavirus: 84 more passengers from Diamond Princess return to Hong Kong on second flight, but blunder forces 18 to pay for their own evacuation

Government-chartered flight from Japan lands at Hong Kong airport at 1.30am, taking total number of evacuees to 190.

22 Feb 2020 - 11:58AM

Government-chartered flight from Japan lands at Hong Kong airport at 1.30am, taking total number of evacuees to 190.

Coronavirus: 84 more passengers from Diamond Princess return to Hong Kong on second flight, but blunder forces 18 to pay for their own evacuation
Coronavirus: officer becomes 69th case in Hong Kong after attending party with 59 others, all of whom have been asked to avoid public

The officer had been to a party on February 18 attended by about 59 others, who would all need to be quarantined.

21 Feb 2020 - 10:14AM

The officer had been to a party on February 18 attended by about 59 others, who would all need to be quarantined.

Coronavirus: officer becomes 69th case in Hong Kong after attending party with 59 others, all of whom have been asked to avoid public
Coronavirus: confirmed Hong Kong cases now 65 as mother-in-law of infected engineer becomes one of three more struck down in virus outbreak

Mother-in-law of infected Hong Kong engineer one of three new cases in city taking total number in Hong Kong to 65 and comes hours after 70-year-old man with underlying health issues became second fatality.

20 Feb 2020 - 12:41AM

Mother-in-law of infected Hong Kong engineer one of three new cases in city taking total number in Hong Kong to 65 and comes hours after 70-year-old man with underlying health issues became second fatality.

Coronavirus: confirmed Hong Kong cases now 65 as mother-in-law of infected engineer becomes one of three more struck down in virus outbreak
Coronavirus: Hong Kong families await return of thousands of stranded domestic helpers as the Philippines lifts travel ban

A 32-year-old becomes first Filipino maid to be infected with Covid-19 in the city as local total reaches 62.

19 Feb 2020 - 12:22PM

A 32-year-old becomes first Filipino maid to be infected with Covid-19 in the city as local total reaches 62.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong families await return of thousands of stranded domestic helpers as the Philippines lifts travel ban
Coronavirus quarantine came as a shock to Hong Kong emergency doctor

Stewart Chan had treated patient with no obvious symptoms at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin on January 19, and four days later he was sent to Lady MacLehose Holiday Village.

17 Feb 2020 - 10:56AM

Stewart Chan had treated patient with no obvious symptoms at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin on January 19, and four days later he was sent to Lady MacLehose Holiday Village.

Coronavirus quarantine came as a shock to Hong Kong emergency doctor
Coronavirus: no new confirmed cases in Hong Kong but health officials say no reason to believe outbreak has reached peak

But with the good news came a warning from health officials over their dwindling supplies of personal protective gear and masks.

15 Feb 2020 - 11:50PM

But with the good news came a warning from health officials over their dwindling supplies of personal protective gear and masks.

Coronavirus: no new confirmed cases in Hong Kong but health officials say no reason to believe outbreak has reached peak
Coronavirus: social welfare staff at evacuated Hong Kong housing block test negative after exhibiting flu symptoms

The six worked at a family service centre in the building, where more than 100 residents were evacuated during the early hours of Tuesday.

12 Feb 2020 - 11:41PM

The six worked at a family service centre in the building, where more than 100 residents were evacuated during the early hours of Tuesday.

Coronavirus: social welfare staff at evacuated Hong Kong housing block test negative after exhibiting flu symptoms
Coronavirus: Hong Kong discharges first recovered patient as 10 others from city confirmed to be infected in Hubei

Man, 25, struck down by the coronavirus leaves Princess Margaret Hospital on Wednesday with other patients set to follow suit, as city records 50th confirmed case.

13 Feb 2020 - 12:17AM

Man, 25, struck down by the coronavirus leaves Princess Margaret Hospital on Wednesday with other patients set to follow suit, as city records 50th confirmed case.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong discharges first recovered patient as 10 others from city confirmed to be infected in Hubei
Coronavirus: Hong Kong reliving Sars nightmare as outbreak spreads

While health officials have cautioned against comparisons between the case at Cheung Hong Estate and 2003’s Amoy Gardens outbreak, this week’s scenes have brought a sense of déjà vu. Four of those affected back then share their stories.

12 Feb 2020 - 11:41PM

While health officials have cautioned against comparisons between the case at Cheung Hong Estate and 2003’s Amoy Gardens outbreak, this week’s scenes have brought a sense of déjà vu. Four of those affected back then share their stories.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong reliving Sars nightmare as outbreak spreads
Researchers from Hong Kong’s PolyU develop diagnostic system to identify up to 40 types of bacteria or viruses causing respiratory infections

Professor Terence Lau, director of innovation and technology development at PolyU, says the invention can speed up diagnosis.

11 Feb 2020 - 11:23PM

Professor Terence Lau, director of innovation and technology development at PolyU, says the invention can speed up diagnosis.

Researchers from Hong Kong’s PolyU develop diagnostic system to identify up to 40 types of bacteria or viruses causing respiratory infections
Coronavirus: travellers from mainland China face jail if they defy new Hong Kong quarantine measures as thousands rush to cross border before Saturday

City’s No 2 official deflects queries over quarantine camps as officials face questions over ability to ensure people comply with the restrictions as thousands rush to cross the border at Shenzhen before Saturday.

8 Feb 2020 - 3:38AM

City’s No 2 official deflects queries over quarantine camps as officials face questions over ability to ensure people comply with the restrictions as thousands rush to cross the border at Shenzhen before Saturday.

Coronavirus: travellers from mainland China face jail if they defy new Hong Kong quarantine measures as thousands rush to cross border before Saturday
Coronavirus: work from home scheme extended, harsh penalties laid out for quarantine violations as Hong Kong battles outbreak

Quarantine measures will not affect the flow of goods from mainland, chief secretary says, adding supply of daily necessities, including food, is normal.

7 Feb 2020 - 11:22PM

Quarantine measures will not affect the flow of goods from mainland, chief secretary says, adding supply of daily necessities, including food, is normal.

Coronavirus: work from home scheme extended, harsh penalties laid out for quarantine violations as Hong Kong battles outbreak
Hong Kong Medical Council cancels licensing exam for overseas doctors in face of coronavirus outbreak

Members make decision amid threat from coronavirus outbreak, with second sitting later in the year also uncertain.

8 Feb 2020 - 11:43PM

Members make decision amid threat from coronavirus outbreak, with second sitting later in the year also uncertain.

Hong Kong Medical Council cancels licensing exam for overseas doctors in face of coronavirus outbreak
Coronavirus: Hongkongers in panic buying of rice, toilet paper and essentials as government stays mum on impending quarantine measures

Scholar says frenzy sparked by authorities’ failure to show they are in command of the situation. Expert warns of wider local transmission and urges action to control spread.

7 Feb 2020 - 9:33AM

Scholar says frenzy sparked by authorities’ failure to show they are in command of the situation. Expert warns of wider local transmission and urges action to control spread.

Coronavirus: Hongkongers in panic buying of rice, toilet paper and essentials as government stays mum on impending quarantine measures
New confirmed coronavirus case in Hong Kong, as two more test positive

The two preliminary cases, if confirmed, would bring the city’s tally to 24.

6 Feb 2020 - 7:10PM

The two preliminary cases, if confirmed, would bring the city’s tally to 24.

New confirmed coronavirus case in Hong Kong, as two more test positive
Coronavirus: three new cases in Hong Kong include wife and daughter of man who already has disease

Trio return positive results in preliminary testing, and if confirmed would take number of cases in city to 21.

5 Feb 2020 - 4:06PM

Trio return positive results in preliminary testing, and if confirmed would take number of cases in city to 21.

Coronavirus: three new cases in Hong Kong include wife and daughter of man who already has disease
Deadly coronavirus ‘could spread widely through Hong Kong’ as three new cases confirmed and 39-year-old man from Whampoa becomes city’s first fatality

Hospitals struggle as 5,000 medical workers strike demanding leader Carrie Lam close borders, as bosses warn newborns and cancer patients at risk.

5 Feb 2020 - 7:56AM

Hospitals struggle as 5,000 medical workers strike demanding leader Carrie Lam close borders, as bosses warn newborns and cancer patients at risk.

Deadly coronavirus ‘could spread widely through Hong Kong’ as three new cases confirmed and 39-year-old man from Whampoa becomes city’s first fatality
Fears of coronavirus spreading in Hong Kong as local hospital staff back strike to demand closure of border with mainland China

Health chiefs raise worrying possibility that 75-year-old man who became 12th confirmed case on Friday might have been infected in the city.

2 Feb 2020 - 10:31AM

Health chiefs raise worrying possibility that 75-year-old man who became 12th confirmed case on Friday might have been infected in the city.

Fears of coronavirus spreading in Hong Kong as local hospital staff back strike to demand closure of border with mainland China
Coronavirus: public hospital heads urge staff to rethink strikes over border closure calls, while Hong Kong health minister sheds tears voicing concern for sector

Nearly 7,000 hospital employees set to boycott work on Monday if demands for a full border closure with mainland China are not met. Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan breaks down on radio programme, noting immense pressure faced by frontline staff.

1 Feb 2020 - 5:54PM

Nearly 7,000 hospital employees set to boycott work on Monday if demands for a full border closure with mainland China are not met. Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan breaks down on radio programme, noting immense pressure faced by frontline staff.

Coronavirus: public hospital heads urge staff to rethink strikes over border closure calls, while Hong Kong health minister sheds tears voicing concern for sector
Coronavirus: top Hong Kong medical school flouts health guidelines as it lets staff working on mainland to skip quarantine

University of Hong Kong exempts staff sent to Shenzhen from recommended 14-day quarantine, and instead asks them to sign form and pledge to get regular checks.

2 Feb 2020 - 3:16PM

University of Hong Kong exempts staff sent to Shenzhen from recommended 14-day quarantine, and instead asks them to sign form and pledge to get regular checks.

Coronavirus: top Hong Kong medical school flouts health guidelines as it lets staff working on mainland to skip quarantine
Coronavirus: thousands of public hospital staff to vote on strike action on Saturday ahead of potential walkout next week

Hospital Authority Employees Alliance says its 13,000 members will vote if government does not close border with mainland, and union predicts nearly 10 per cent of workers at city’s public hospitals could join walkout.

1 Feb 2020 - 12:02AM

Hospital Authority Employees Alliance says its 13,000 members will vote if government does not close border with mainland, and union predicts nearly 10 per cent of workers at city’s public hospitals could join walkout.

Coronavirus: thousands of public hospital staff to vote on strike action on Saturday ahead of potential walkout next week
Coronavirus: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says total border shutdown with mainland China discriminatory, but will ramp up quarantine measures

City chief says any returning residents who have been in Hubei province will be placed under quarantine, whether they show symptoms or not.

1 Feb 2020 - 10:16AM

City chief says any returning residents who have been in Hubei province will be placed under quarantine, whether they show symptoms or not.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says total border shutdown with mainland China discriminatory, but will ramp up quarantine measures
Hong Kong confirms 12th case of deadly coronavirus

Latest confirmed patient understood to be 75-year-old man, and comes after the daughter of a virus-afflicted elderly couple was also confirmed as infected. There have been 680 reports of cases fitting the reporting criteria for the illness so far.

31 Jan 2020 - 9:17AM

Latest confirmed patient understood to be 75-year-old man, and comes after the daughter of a virus-afflicted elderly couple was also confirmed as infected. There have been 680 reports of cases fitting the reporting criteria for the illness so far.

Hong Kong confirms 12th case of deadly coronavirus
China coronavirus: quarantine anyone coming to Hong Kong from epicentre of deadly outbreak immediately, medical experts say

No-nonsense suggestion comes as police are urged to track down residents from Hubei province staying in Hong Kong, while government pressed to focus resources on monitoring Hongkongers who have returned from Hubei province after Lunar New Year holiday.

29 Jan 2020 - 11:38PM

No-nonsense suggestion comes as police are urged to track down residents from Hubei province staying in Hong Kong, while government pressed to focus resources on monitoring Hongkongers who have returned from Hubei province after Lunar New Year holiday.

China coronavirus: quarantine anyone coming to Hong Kong from epicentre of deadly outbreak immediately, medical experts say
Two Hongkongers infected in mainland China as city gets 10th confirmed coronavirus case

The city government has rejected more than 800 visitors from virus-stricken Hubei province, while 280 Hongkongers stranded there have asked for help.

30 Jan 2020 - 5:44AM

The city government has rejected more than 800 visitors from virus-stricken Hubei province, while 280 Hongkongers stranded there have asked for help.

Two Hongkongers infected in mainland China as city gets 10th confirmed coronavirus case