Josephine Ma

Hong Kong

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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Did Omicron arrive in China’s capital Beijing by mail from Canada?

City’s first case of the Covid-19 variant received a letter from Toronto which had traces of the virus, health authorities say.

City’s first case of the Covid-19 variant received a letter from Toronto which had traces of the virus, health authorities say.

17 Jan 2022 - 7:07PM
Explainer | Are children more at risk from Omicron?

A surge of cases around the world has seen more under-18s infected but scientists say in many cases this reflects lower vaccination rates in this age group.

A surge of cases around the world has seen more under-18s infected but scientists say in many cases this reflects lower vaccination rates in this age group.

14 Jan 2022 - 1:41PM
Did Tianjin’s Omicron coronavirus outbreak start elsewhere in China? Health officials investigate

Tianjin CDC deputy director says strain – which has a shorter incubation period than earlier ones – might have been ‘hiding’ in the city for some time.

Tianjin CDC deputy director says strain – which has a shorter incubation period than earlier ones – might have been ‘hiding’ in the city for some time.

11 Jan 2022 - 8:57PM
Omicron has spread from Tianjin to Henan weeks before Winter Olympics, Lunar New Year

Two cases of the highly infectious Covid-19 strain found in city of Anyang on Sunday, traced to a student who travelled there nearly two weeks ago.

Two cases of the highly infectious Covid-19 strain found in city of Anyang on Sunday, traced to a student who travelled there nearly two weeks ago.

11 Jan 2022 - 3:17PM
Can vaccines keep long Covid at bay? The answer is still a maybe

Studies in Israel and the UK suggest significant protection against long-term impact of Sars-CoV-2 infection, but the data overall is contradictory.

Studies in Israel and the UK suggest significant protection against long-term impact of Sars-CoV-2 infection, but the data overall is contradictory.

8 Jan 2022 - 4:00PM
Opinion | Code red on China’s tech line against Covid-19

The crash of a health app in Xian tests efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The crash of a health app in Xian tests efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

4 Jan 2022 - 8:38PM
How long will China’s zero-Covid policy hold out as Omicron rages around the world?

With Covid-19 set to become endemic, and vaccines yet to provide total protection, a long-term strategy is the need of the hour for China, analysts say.

With Covid-19 set to become endemic, and vaccines yet to provide total protection, a long-term strategy is the need of the hour for China, analysts say.

4 Jan 2022 - 3:56PM
As Omicron upends Covid-19 vaccine targets, what will the future look like?

Given the many unknowns with Omicron, booster programmes with existing vaccines are only buying time for scientists and governments to find out more.

Given the many unknowns with Omicron, booster programmes with existing vaccines are only buying time for scientists and governments to find out more.

11 Jan 2022 - 12:53PM
Explainer | N95, surgical or cloth: which face mask offers the best protection against Covid-19 and the Omicron variant?

We consult the experts on Omicron versus Delta strains, how to get the best mask fit and other measures to stay safe during an outbreak.

We consult the experts on Omicron versus Delta strains, how to get the best mask fit and other measures to stay safe during an outbreak.

3 Jan 2022 - 3:24PM
Xinjiang Communist Party boss and US sanctions target Chen Quanguo to leave post

State news agency Xinhua reports Chen will be moving on to another post and replaced by Guangdong governor Ma Xingrui

State news agency Xinhua reports Chen will be moving on to another post and replaced by Guangdong governor Ma Xingrui

25 Dec 2021 - 10:51PM
As I see it | Omicron threat points to need for independent global vaccine comparison mechanism

Pharmaceuticals and governments should give up balking at comparative research for the common good.

Pharmaceuticals and governments should give up balking at comparative research for the common good.

21 Dec 2021 - 8:31PM
Nucleic tests up to Omicron task – but keep eye on quality, top Chinese kit maker BGI says

Test results can be affected by human factors and product quality, group chief scientist says.

Test results can be affected by human factors and product quality, group chief scientist says.

21 Dec 2021 - 11:41AM
Omicron: Guangzhou reports China’s second case of variant

Man, 67, entered the country and repeatedly tested negative for Covid-19 during his 14 days in quarantine before returning positive result.

Man, 67, entered the country and repeatedly tested negative for Covid-19 during his 14 days in quarantine before returning positive result.

14 Dec 2021 - 11:37PM
As I see it | Omicron shows nations need to work together, not slam their borders shut

There’s an urgent need to do something about inequitable access to Covid-19 vaccines, and for wealth countries to take action to improve genome surveillance in poorer nations.

There’s an urgent need to do something about inequitable access to Covid-19 vaccines, and for wealth countries to take action to improve genome surveillance in poorer nations.

7 Dec 2021 - 8:00PM
Coronavirus: WHO appeals to Chinese pharmaceutical firms to share vaccine patents

WHO is looking to China and India to help boost Covid-19 vaccine supplies in developing countries, where they’re much needed.

WHO is looking to China and India to help boost Covid-19 vaccine supplies in developing countries, where they’re much needed.

6 Dec 2021 - 7:59PM
3 Dec 2021 - 2:59PM
Beijing warns against ‘politicising’ sport after WTA pulls out of China over Peng Shuai case

Steve Simon, the WTA’s chief executive, said ‘I don’t see how I can ask our athletes to compete in China’ as concerns for her welfare grow after sex assault allegation.

Steve Simon, the WTA’s chief executive, said ‘I don’t see how I can ask our athletes to compete in China’ as concerns for her welfare grow after sex assault allegation.

2 Dec 2021 - 8:33PM
Opinion | Antivirals shared are a problem eased in the fight against Covid-19

There are signs of hope in the form of two first-generation oral medications, which require further observation.

There are signs of hope in the form of two first-generation oral medications, which require further observation.

23 Nov 2021 - 10:13PM
New Chinese Covid-19 antibody treatment shows promise, as China races to find a cure

Experimental neutralising antibody treatment able to tackle all variants shown to reduce viral loads and symptoms for 14 Beijing patients.

Experimental neutralising antibody treatment able to tackle all variants shown to reduce viral loads and symptoms for 14 Beijing patients.

18 Nov 2021 - 9:43PM
Cultural Revolution was a catastrophe and Mao was responsible, China’s Communist Party upholds in landmark statement

Historic resolution adopted by top party leadership reasserts previous narrative on the decade of turmoil and bloody Tiananmen crackdown.

Historic resolution adopted by top party leadership reasserts previous narrative on the decade of turmoil and bloody Tiananmen crackdown.

17 Nov 2021 - 10:33AM
China may approve first Covid-19 drug within weeks

Monoclonal antibody treatment developed by Chinese and US researchers might get conditional approval by year-end, science and technology ministry daily says.

Monoclonal antibody treatment developed by Chinese and US researchers might get conditional approval by year-end, science and technology ministry daily says.

17 Nov 2021 - 1:30PM
Chinese Communist Party resolution cements Xi Jinping’s leadership, putting him on par with Mao, and paves way for legacy-defining third term

The Central Committee’s 6th plenum ends with adoption of third historical resolution in party history and puts Xi on par with Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.

The Central Committee’s 6th plenum ends with adoption of third historical resolution in party history and puts Xi on par with Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.

16 Nov 2021 - 9:44AM
Zero chance for China’s zero-Covid aim now virus has adapted, Sars expert says

‘No chance’ of eliminating cases because virus ‘will stay with us’, Guan Yi says, adding China must find out people’s antibody level, not obsess about testing.

‘No chance’ of eliminating cases because virus ‘will stay with us’, Guan Yi says, adding China must find out people’s antibody level, not obsess about testing.

10 Nov 2021 - 7:46AM
As I see it | How war fever could become a major headache for China

A simple notice about ensuring food supplies quickly devolved into online speculation about an attack on Taiwan.

A simple notice about ensuring food supplies quickly devolved into online speculation about an attack on Taiwan.

9 Nov 2021 - 10:17PM
Police in China’s Chengdu city use big data to trace potential contacts of Covid-19 cases

People whose mobile phone signals are detected near the signal of a confirmed Covid-19 case receive text instructions to report to authorities.

People whose mobile phone signals are detected near the signal of a confirmed Covid-19 case receive text instructions to report to authorities.

8 Nov 2021 - 11:02AM
Obituary | Star of 1980s ‘Chinese enlightenment’ dies in the US at 91

Noted philosopher famous for ‘The Path of Beauty’ was purged over support for Tiananmen movement but remained highly regarded in his home country.

Noted philosopher famous for ‘The Path of Beauty’ was purged over support for Tiananmen movement but remained highly regarded in his home country.

4 Nov 2021 - 1:11PM
Chinese drug makers want to produce US Covid-19 pill for poorer nations

China has switched roles from wanting to get cheap health products to being a major producer, MPP chief points out.

China has switched roles from wanting to get cheap health products to being a major producer, MPP chief points out.

2 Nov 2021 - 7:51PM
As I see it | The world will have to learn to live with Covid-19 in a rational way

Scientists have said vaccines won’t be a silver bullet, and public health measures will still be needed.

Scientists have said vaccines won’t be a silver bullet, and public health measures will still be needed.

26 Oct 2021 - 7:00PM
Coronavirus: Chinese residents start receiving vaccine boosters

Local authorities across the country are rolling out the jabs and under-60s are eligible to receive an extra shot in many parts of the country.

Local authorities across the country are rolling out the jabs and under-60s are eligible to receive an extra shot in many parts of the country.

21 Oct 2021 - 7:44AM
As I see it | China has to find the right ways to improve young people’s lives

Communist Party has taken aim at what it deems ‘toxic’ influences in recent months. But it needs to consider whether an unequal and restrictive society is the foundation of a strong and modern nation.

Communist Party has taken aim at what it deems ‘toxic’ influences in recent months. But it needs to consider whether an unequal and restrictive society is the foundation of a strong and modern nation.

19 Oct 2021 - 11:32PM