Holly Chik

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Holly Chik

Holly Chik joined the Post as a reporter in 2019. Previously, she interned at Reuters in Hong Kong.

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20 Jan 2022 - 1:55PM
Coronavirus: no takers for Hong Kong hamster alarm at Shenzhen pet stores as WHO says risk of animals reinfecting humans low

Shenzhen pet shop employee says Hong Kong situation has had little impact across the border, as all hamsters sold there are locally bred.

Shenzhen pet shop employee says Hong Kong situation has had little impact across the border, as all hamsters sold there are locally bred.

19 Jan 2022 - 10:13PM
Covid-19 Omicron variant jumps to new city in southern China after family drive

11-year-old close contact of Zhuhai case tests positive in Meizhou, is transferred to neighbouring Shenzhen for treatment.

11-year-old close contact of Zhuhai case tests positive in Meizhou, is transferred to neighbouring Shenzhen for treatment.

17 Jan 2022 - 5:14PM
Chinese city traces Omicron outbreak back to New Year holiday

Tianjin health authorities say contact tracing points to initial spread from day care facilities to schools.

Tianjin health authorities say contact tracing points to initial spread from day care facilities to schools.

13 Jan 2022 - 6:00AM
Could CanSino’s inhaled coronavirus vaccine booster be a quick, needle-free option?

Study finds Chinese vaccine induces a higher level of immune response than a Sinovac booster for those vaccinated with two Sinovac shots.

Study finds Chinese vaccine induces a higher level of immune response than a Sinovac booster for those vaccinated with two Sinovac shots.

12 Jan 2022 - 7:43PM
Mass testing, health codes, lockdowns: how China’s zero-Covid policy works

While approaches from small and big cities may differ due to testing capacity and resources, swift reactions mean ‘a tsunami-like outbreak is highly unlikely’.

While approaches from small and big cities may differ due to testing capacity and resources, swift reactions mean ‘a tsunami-like outbreak is highly unlikely’.

12 Jan 2022 - 11:30AM
2 Omicron cases among 20 in one district spark citywide testing in China’s Tianjin

The two Omicron cases are epidemiologically linked but have no travel history, while the other 18 are listed as close contacts.

The two Omicron cases are epidemiologically linked but have no travel history, while the other 18 are listed as close contacts.

9 Jan 2022 - 8:03PM
China’s FAST telescope opened up to scientists from 14 countries last year

The Chinese Academy of Sciences says the world’s largest radio telescope granted 10 per cent of its observation time to international astronomers in 2021.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences says the world’s largest radio telescope granted 10 per cent of its observation time to international astronomers in 2021.

6 Jan 2022 - 11:50PM
Xian updates Covid-19 rules as two unborn babies lost to hospital delays

Eight-months pregnant woman waited outside a hospital for two hours as her Covid-19 test was invalid, while another mother-to-be had to have an abortion.

Eight-months pregnant woman waited outside a hospital for two hours as her Covid-19 test was invalid, while another mother-to-be had to have an abortion.

5 Jan 2022 - 10:52PM
Asteroid with more force than biggest nuclear bomb to come close to Earth in 2029

Apophis’ path projected to be the planet’s closest encounter with such a large asteroid.

Apophis’ path projected to be the planet’s closest encounter with such a large asteroid.

5 Jan 2022 - 1:28PM
Vaccine T-cells may hold robust defensive line against Omicron variant: study

Researchers in Hong Kong and Australia say T-cell responses induced by vaccines and previous infections might help protect against severe illness.

Researchers in Hong Kong and Australia say T-cell responses induced by vaccines and previous infections might help protect against severe illness.

3 Jan 2022 - 6:40PM
China science 2021 round-up: breakthroughs in space, hypersonic weapons, nuclear power and more

The biggest talking points range from the country’s first space station taking shape in orbit to evidence of a previously lost civilisation coming to light

The biggest talking points range from the country’s first space station taking shape in orbit to evidence of a previously lost civilisation coming to light

31 Dec 2021 - 2:00PM
China sends anti-riot gear and police advisers to Solomon Islands to help restore order

China is sending shields, helmets, batons and other non-lethal gear to help Pacific nation police confront ‘future threats’, says Solomons government.

China is sending shields, helmets, batons and other non-lethal gear to help Pacific nation police confront ‘future threats’, says Solomons government.

24 Dec 2021 - 1:25PM
Global warming threatens China’s food security and could result in crop pests and diseases doubling, study warns

International researchers say a 4C rise in global temperatures could have a severe impact on agriculture in the world’s biggest cereal crop producer.

International researchers say a 4C rise in global temperatures could have a severe impact on agriculture in the world’s biggest cereal crop producer.

24 Dec 2021 - 8:00AM
‘Baby Yingliang’: unborn dinosaur’s position inside Chinese egg fossil strengthens link with birds, say scientists

Rare 66-72 million year-old embryo had its head below its body, feet on either side and back curled in a pose not previously recognised in non-avian dinosaurs.

Rare 66-72 million year-old embryo had its head below its body, feet on either side and back curled in a pose not previously recognised in non-avian dinosaurs.

22 Dec 2021 - 8:22PM
Coronavirus: Chinese manufacturing hub Dongguan reports more new local cases

Another six locally acquired infections have been found and a mass testing drive is under way in the city of 10.5 million.

Another six locally acquired infections have been found and a mass testing drive is under way in the city of 10.5 million.

16 Dec 2021 - 5:51PM
4 Covid-19 cases spark mass testing in south China city

Millions of residents in Dongguan warned of legal consequences if they fail to comply as authorities race to stop the spread.

Millions of residents in Dongguan warned of legal consequences if they fail to comply as authorities race to stop the spread.

15 Dec 2021 - 8:39PM
Target asymptomatic Covid-19 cases to stop community spread: Chinese study

People who test positive but show no sign of illness need to be isolated too, Peking University researchers say.

People who test positive but show no sign of illness need to be isolated too, Peking University researchers say.

15 Dec 2021 - 1:44AM
Coronavirus: cases on the rise in China’s Delta hotspots in Zhejiang

A dozen listed companies halt production in the province, awaiting the official go-ahead to resume.

A dozen listed companies halt production in the province, awaiting the official go-ahead to resume.

13 Dec 2021 - 8:00PM
Omicron: Covid-19 antibody treatment ‘holds up well’ against new strain, Brii Biosciences says

Cocktail of two antibodies, administered by infusion, is the first therapy of its type approved for use in China.

Cocktail of two antibodies, administered by infusion, is the first therapy of its type approved for use in China.

13 Dec 2021 - 5:24PM
China tightens border with Vietnam to stop coronavirus surge

City of Pingxiang adds checkpoints and clamps down on illegal entry to the country.

City of Pingxiang adds checkpoints and clamps down on illegal entry to the country.

10 Dec 2021 - 6:24PM
Coronavirus: China approves first local neutralising antibody cocktail for high-risk patients

Brii Biosciences says its therapy shows an 80 per cent reduction in hospital admissions and death in a global phase 3 trial.

Brii Biosciences says its therapy shows an 80 per cent reduction in hospital admissions and death in a global phase 3 trial.

9 Dec 2021 - 8:26PM
Coronavirus: scientists say more genomic surveillance is needed to detect new variants sooner

Just 2 per cent of global Covid-19 cases have been sequenced, according to a study by researchers in China and Britain.

Just 2 per cent of global Covid-19 cases have been sequenced, according to a study by researchers in China and Britain.

9 Dec 2021 - 12:30AM
Amid winter Omicron unknowns, China to lean into ‘dynamic zero-Covid strategy’

Senior health official says it’s not clear to what extent the new variant compromises vaccines.

Senior health official says it’s not clear to what extent the new variant compromises vaccines.

7 Dec 2021 - 9:53PM
China equipped to stop Omicron if it arrives, Beijing official says

Manzhouli, on the border with Russia, remains the epicentre of the country’s latest Covid-19 outbreak.

Manzhouli, on the border with Russia, remains the epicentre of the country’s latest Covid-19 outbreak.

6 Dec 2021 - 9:42PM
Scientists call on world to help Africa with Covid-19 vaccines in wake of Omicron variant

South African medical specialists say vaccine equity and reducing the stigma around HIV will help curb future variants.

South African medical specialists say vaccine equity and reducing the stigma around HIV will help curb future variants.

2 Dec 2021 - 2:15AM
China reaped big health benefits from early Covid-19 lockdowns, researchers say

Roughly 347,000 non-coronavirus deaths might have been prevented in 7 months, more than half from cardiovascular diseases, researchers find.

Roughly 347,000 non-coronavirus deaths might have been prevented in 7 months, more than half from cardiovascular diseases, researchers find.

8 Dec 2021 - 11:26AM
Explainer | Pandemic travel: tests for Covid-19, which ones China recognises, and are anal swabs necessary?

If you’re planning travel to China, learn the difference between RT-PCR and antigen testing, IgM versus IgG and how many tests to expect before and after your flight.

If you’re planning travel to China, learn the difference between RT-PCR and antigen testing, IgM versus IgG and how many tests to expect before and after your flight.

29 Nov 2021 - 9:00AM
World scrambles to contain Omicron coronavirus variant

Variant’s high number of spike protein mutations is unprecedented and troubling, health experts say, as more cases are reported across Europe.

Variant’s high number of spike protein mutations is unprecedented and troubling, health experts say, as more cases are reported across Europe.

28 Nov 2021 - 5:06AM
China locks down city on Russian border after three Covid-19 cases detected

Public transport, entertainment, dine-in services and group gatherings halted, with schools shut and people told to stay home in Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia.

Public transport, entertainment, dine-in services and group gatherings halted, with schools shut and people told to stay home in Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia.

27 Nov 2021 - 3:25PM