Josephine Ma

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Josephine Ma

News editor, China

Josephine Ma is China news editor and has covered China news for the Post for more than 20 years. As a correspondent in Beijing, she reported on everything from the 2003 Sars outbreak to the riots in Lhasa and the Beijing Olympics in 2008. She has been based in Hong Kong since 2009. She has a master’s degree in development studies from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in English language from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Coronavirus: what’s at stake for the WHO – and China – in the latest mission to Wuhan

The embattled UN health agency must know what data it wants and assess what it is given without fear or favour.

11 Jul 2020 - 9:03PM

The embattled UN health agency must know what data it wants and assess what it is given without fear or favour.

Coronavirus: what’s at stake for the WHO – and China – in the latest mission to Wuhan
Kazakhstan health ministry rejects Chinese claim of ‘unknown, deadlier pneumonia’

Ministry says Chinese embassy misunderstood official count, which includes unspecified cases.

10 Jul 2020 - 11:21PM

Ministry says Chinese embassy misunderstood official count, which includes unspecified cases.

Kazakhstan health ministry rejects Chinese claim of ‘unknown, deadlier pneumonia’
No immediate threat of new swine flu pandemic, Chinese CDC says

Centre seeks to assure the public after its director co-authors a paper calling for higher surveillance in the pig industry for G4 strain.

5 Jul 2020 - 3:28PM

Centre seeks to assure the public after its director co-authors a paper calling for higher surveillance in the pig industry for G4 strain.

No immediate threat of new swine flu pandemic, Chinese CDC says
Beijing’s surprise choice to spearhead the national security law in Hong Kong

Guangdong-born Cantonese speaker Zheng Yanxiong will be the public face of the agency overseeing implementation of the law in the city.

4 Jul 2020 - 1:40PM

Guangdong-born Cantonese speaker Zheng Yanxiong will be the public face of the agency overseeing implementation of the law in the city.

Beijing’s surprise choice to spearhead the national security law in Hong Kong
Coronavirus may be able to directly infect heart cells, study suggests

Researchers in California have established a possible explanation for why some patients develop cardiac complications.

2 Jul 2020 - 2:33AM

Researchers in California have established a possible explanation for why some patients develop cardiac complications.

Coronavirus may be able to directly infect heart cells, study suggests
National security law: Beijing slaps visa restrictions on US officials who ‘meddle’ in Hong Kong affairs as local authorities gear up for sweeping new roles

Move comes after Washington announced its own sanctions against party members who undermine the city’s degree of autonomy, rights and freedom.

30 Jun 2020 - 4:21AM

Move comes after Washington announced its own sanctions against party members who undermine the city’s degree of autonomy, rights and freedom.

National security law: Beijing slaps visa restrictions on US officials who ‘meddle’ in Hong Kong affairs as local authorities gear up for sweeping new roles
China’s military becomes world’s first to use experimental coronavirus vaccine

Candidate developed by the PLA and CanSino Biologics added to armed forces’ list for one year.

30 Jun 2020 - 10:29AM

Candidate developed by the PLA and CanSino Biologics added to armed forces’ list for one year.

China’s military becomes world’s first to use experimental coronavirus vaccine
China to put visa restrictions on US individuals over Hong Kong

Any American efforts to undermine introduction of national security law for the city will not succeed, foreign ministry says.

30 Jun 2020 - 5:27AM

Any American efforts to undermine introduction of national security law for the city will not succeed, foreign ministry says.

China to put visa restrictions on US individuals over Hong Kong
Can China win Covid-19 vaccine race with old school technology?

Chinese teams are behind half of the world’s potential vaccines making fastest progress but their approach differs from the West.

19 Jun 2020 - 5:32PM

Chinese teams are behind half of the world’s potential vaccines making fastest progress but their approach differs from the West.

Can China win Covid-19 vaccine race with old school technology?
Over 3 per cent of people in Wuhan may have had Covid-19, possibly with no or mild symptoms, studies say

Researchers carried out antibody tests on samples from health care workers, family members and hotel staff from the outbreak epicentre in China.

12 Jun 2020 - 12:50PM

Researchers carried out antibody tests on samples from health care workers, family members and hotel staff from the outbreak epicentre in China.

Over 3 per cent of people in Wuhan may have had Covid-19, possibly with no or mild symptoms, studies say
Wear masks in crowded places to combat coronavirus, World Health Organisation finally advises the public

WHO recommends expanded use of face masks after five months of debate.

6 Jun 2020 - 11:05PM

WHO recommends expanded use of face masks after five months of debate.

Wear masks in crowded places to combat coronavirus, World Health Organisation finally advises the public
Lancet study that said malaria drugs led to higher coronavirus death rates retracted as authors say they cannot verify data

Trials of drugs promoted by Donald Trump halted as a result of study, but scientists now admit they cannot verify data on which it was based

5 Jun 2020 - 10:58PM

Trials of drugs promoted by Donald Trump halted as a result of study, but scientists now admit they cannot verify data on which it was based

Lancet study that said malaria drugs led to higher coronavirus death rates retracted as authors say they cannot verify data
Xi Jinping vows to build strong public health system to ensure China’s stability

Chinese president pledges to pour resources into network to enable swift response to disease outbreak but analysts say this alone is not the answer.

5 Jun 2020 - 10:24AM

Chinese president pledges to pour resources into network to enable swift response to disease outbreak but analysts say this alone is not the answer.

Xi Jinping vows to build strong public health system to ensure China’s stability
George Floyd had Covid-19, autopsy report says

46-year-old ‘died of cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression’, Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office says.

5 Jun 2020 - 12:03AM

46-year-old ‘died of cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression’, Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office says.

George Floyd had Covid-19, autopsy report says
Tiananmen exile Han Dongfang says commemoration is a ‘matter for the heart’

With this year’s candlelight vigil banned, the most prominent dissident still living in Hong Kong says facts of 1989 are unchanged.

3 Jun 2020 - 11:57PM

With this year’s candlelight vigil banned, the most prominent dissident still living in Hong Kong says facts of 1989 are unchanged.

Tiananmen exile Han Dongfang says commemoration is a ‘matter for the heart’
Widow of coronavirus whistle-blower doctor Li Wenliang opposes US plan to name street outside Chinese embassy after him

Fu Xuejie writes on social media that she does not want her husband’s case sensationalised after Republicans in Congress tabled bill to change road’s name.

30 May 2020 - 9:31PM

Fu Xuejie writes on social media that she does not want her husband’s case sensationalised after Republicans in Congress tabled bill to change road’s name.

Widow of coronavirus whistle-blower doctor Li Wenliang opposes US plan to name street outside Chinese embassy after him
WHO launches foundation to broaden donor base to individuals and companies

Health agency faces mounting criticism and financial pressure amid pandemic, with US threatening to permanently cut funding.

28 May 2020 - 9:46PM

Health agency faces mounting criticism and financial pressure amid pandemic, with US threatening to permanently cut funding.

WHO launches foundation to broaden donor base to individuals and companies
China adds long-term organ damage to list of effects of Covid-19

Authorities say patients can have lung and heart problems in the longer term – among other consequences.

15 May 2020 - 10:04PM

Authorities say patients can have lung and heart problems in the longer term – among other consequences.

China adds long-term organ damage to list of effects of Covid-19
Coronavirus pandemic may bring ‘major mental health crisis’, UN says

Psychological distress ‘widespread’ amid physical isolation, fear of infection, dying or losing loved ones, and anxiety over economic turmoil.

15 May 2020 - 5:52AM

Psychological distress ‘widespread’ amid physical isolation, fear of infection, dying or losing loved ones, and anxiety over economic turmoil.

Coronavirus pandemic may bring ‘major mental health crisis’, UN says
Multiple vaccines and global approach needed to fight coronavirus, say top US scientists

The researchers, including White House task force member Anthony Fauci, set out why coordinated international approach is necessary.

11 Jun 2020 - 5:40PM

The researchers, including White House task force member Anthony Fauci, set out why coordinated international approach is necessary.

Multiple vaccines and global approach needed to fight coronavirus, say top US scientists
Coronavirus vaccine: WHO to issue guidelines on proposed use of human challenge trials

Advocates say tests in which volunteers are deliberately infected with the pathogen that causes Covid-19 will help to speed up the development of a vaccine for it, but some scientists are concerned about the ethical and medical implications.

3 May 2020 - 4:26PM

Advocates say tests in which volunteers are deliberately infected with the pathogen that causes Covid-19 will help to speed up the development of a vaccine for it, but some scientists are concerned about the ethical and medical implications.

Coronavirus vaccine: WHO to issue guidelines on proposed use of human challenge trials
What’s it like working for Huawei? Employees speak and founder Ren Zhengfei offers some metaphors

We ask four employees what attracted them to the company and what keeps them working there after it was put on a trade blacklist by the US.

12 May 2020 - 11:55AM

We ask four employees what attracted them to the company and what keeps them working there after it was put on a trade blacklist by the US.

What’s it like working for Huawei? Employees speak and founder Ren Zhengfei offers some metaphors
Coronavirus study points to vast number of cases under the radar in China

Mainland China might have had four times as many infections as the official total if broader criteria used, team says.

23 Apr 2020 - 9:20AM

Mainland China might have had four times as many infections as the official total if broader criteria used, team says.

Coronavirus study points to vast number of cases under the radar in China
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.

22 Apr 2020 - 1:51PM

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
Thousands of covert coronavirus cases go under the radar in Wuhan, Chinese-led researchers say

Study suggests that 59 per cent of infections were asymptomatic or mild enough not to attract medical attention.

25 Mar 2020 - 8:10AM

Study suggests that 59 per cent of infections were asymptomatic or mild enough not to attract medical attention.

Thousands of covert coronavirus cases go under the radar in Wuhan, Chinese-led researchers say
The race is on in the drug battle against the coronavirus

Researchers are looking to repurpose existing pharmaceuticals to target the new coronavirus that has already killed thousands around the world.

24 Mar 2020 - 12:41PM

Researchers are looking to repurpose existing pharmaceuticals to target the new coronavirus that has already killed thousands around the world.

The race is on in the drug battle against the coronavirus
A third of coronavirus cases may be ‘silent carriers’, classified Chinese data suggests

More than 43,000 people in China had tested positive without immediate symptoms by the end of February and were quarantined.

23 Mar 2020 - 10:40AM

More than 43,000 people in China had tested positive without immediate symptoms by the end of February and were quarantined.

A third of coronavirus cases may be ‘silent carriers’, classified Chinese data suggests
Coronavirus: China’s first confirmed Covid-19 case traced back to November 17

Government records suggest first person infected with new disease may have been a Hubei resident aged 55, but ‘patient zero’ has yet to be confirmed.

14 Mar 2020 - 12:45AM

Government records suggest first person infected with new disease may have been a Hubei resident aged 55, but ‘patient zero’ has yet to be confirmed.

Coronavirus: China’s first confirmed Covid-19 case traced back to November 17
Coronavirus: don’t bank on epidemic easing in the summer, scientists say

Seasonal viruses tend to die off as the weather warms, but not enough is known about the new strain to assume it will react in the same way, experts say.

29 Feb 2020 - 10:48PM

Seasonal viruses tend to die off as the weather warms, but not enough is known about the new strain to assume it will react in the same way, experts say.

Coronavirus: don’t bank on epidemic easing in the summer, scientists say
Coronavirus: WHO, experts fail to reach consensus on how deadly outbreak should be defined

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday the risk for Covid-19 to spread globally was very high, but it has stopped short of declaring it a pandemic.

29 Feb 2020 - 2:09AM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday the risk for Covid-19 to spread globally was very high, but it has stopped short of declaring it a pandemic.

Coronavirus: WHO, experts fail to reach consensus on how deadly outbreak should be defined