Laurie Chen

Hong Kong

Laurie Chen

Reporter, China

Laurie Chen worked for the Post from 2017 until 2020. She holds a master's degree in journalism at City University, London. Originally from the UK, she studied English literature at University College London.

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Sharp fall in new Chinese coronavirus cases, but is it only because of new counting method?

Decline in confirmed cases raises hopes Covid-19 may soon reach its peak, but scientists warn new method of counting may be the reason.

Decline in confirmed cases raises hopes Covid-19 may soon reach its peak, but scientists warn new method of counting may be the reason.

21 Feb 2020 - 12:54AM
Coronavirus may become ‘new flu’ but China ‘can weather’ economic storm

Chinese scientist warns Covid-19 may become an established illness like flu as mainland reports its lowest number of new cases since Wuhan lockdown began.

Chinese scientist warns Covid-19 may become an established illness like flu as mainland reports its lowest number of new cases since Wuhan lockdown began.

20 Feb 2020 - 10:54PM
China reports 1,300 more coronavirus cases among medical workers

Another Wuhan doctor says she was silenced after raising concerns about human-to-human transmission.

Another Wuhan doctor says she was silenced after raising concerns about human-to-human transmission.

18 Feb 2020 - 11:34PM
I am not a virus, I am a human being: Italian-Chinese man’s video spreads anti-racist message on social media

After displays of xenophobia during the coronavirus outbreak, man’s public plea in Florence prompts ‘beautiful’ response as video is widely shared on Facebook.

After displays of xenophobia during the coronavirus outbreak, man’s public plea in Florence prompts ‘beautiful’ response as video is widely shared on Facebook.

14 Feb 2020 - 11:30PM
Coronavirus still stumps experts on when human carrier turns infectious

Identifying how long it takes before carriers start to spread the disease could prove key to curbing the spread of Covid-19.

Identifying how long it takes before carriers start to spread the disease could prove key to curbing the spread of Covid-19.

26 Feb 2020 - 10:00AM
Is the worst over? Experts divided on coronavirus peak as new infections slow in Hubei epicentre

Hubei health authority says new infection numbers have fallen 57 per cent in six days, but scientists caution that factors such as under-reporting could change this.

Hubei health authority says new infection numbers have fallen 57 per cent in six days, but scientists caution that factors such as under-reporting could change this.

13 Feb 2020 - 6:55PM
Hopes of coronavirus peak ahead as outbreak on brink of surpassing Sars’ grim death toll

The number of fatalities continues to rise but signs of stabilisation in new cases at the epicentre.

The number of fatalities continues to rise but signs of stabilisation in new cases at the epicentre.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:18PM
Coronavirus on track to kill more people than Sars, experts say

The new contagion may be far less deadly than severe acute respiratory syndrome but it has already infected more than four times as many people.

The new contagion may be far less deadly than severe acute respiratory syndrome but it has already infected more than four times as many people.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:33PM
Mourners pay tribute to Chinese doctor Li Wenliang who blew whistle on coronavirus that killed him

34-year-old ophthalmologist Li Wenliang hailed as a hero and martyr on social media.

34-year-old ophthalmologist Li Wenliang hailed as a hero and martyr on social media.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:44PM
Coronavirus: outbreak has stoked a rise in xenophobia, Chinese living abroad say

While most of those interviewed have not experienced extreme bigotry themselves, they say they see daily ‘microaggressions’ become more common.

While most of those interviewed have not experienced extreme bigotry themselves, they say they see daily ‘microaggressions’ become more common.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:45PM
China will succeed in coronavirus counter-attack, Donald Trump says; 73 new fatalities reported

Death toll in China rises to 636, with 3,143 new cases on Thursday.

Death toll in China rises to 636, with 3,143 new cases on Thursday.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:44PM
Communist officials fired after disabled Chinese boy died when relatives were put in coronavirus quarantine

Party secretary and township mayor sacked; other officials found responsible in death of Yan Cheng can expect to be disciplined, say investigators in Hubei.

Party secretary and township mayor sacked; other officials found responsible in death of Yan Cheng can expect to be disciplined, say investigators in Hubei.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:52PM
Will China’s city lockdowns stop the spread of the coronavirus?

A fortnight has passed since tough travel restrictions went into effect in Wuhan and surrounding cities.

A fortnight has passed since tough travel restrictions went into effect in Wuhan and surrounding cities.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:11PM
Wuhan doctors beaten up, overworked, under supplied

Medical workers treating people infected with the coronavirus in the central China city say they are fighting more than just a virus outbreak.

Medical workers treating people infected with the coronavirus in the central China city say they are fighting more than just a virus outbreak.

15 Feb 2020 - 5:18PM
Left at home for six days: disabled Chinese boy dies after carer dad and brother are quarantined for coronavirus checks

Father’s post to Weibo says teenager with cerebral palsy had no food, drink or personal hygiene care for nearly a week.

Father’s post to Weibo says teenager with cerebral palsy had no food, drink or personal hygiene care for nearly a week.

15 Feb 2020 - 6:58PM
China faces bigger epidemic than Sars in ‘complicated and grave’ coronavirus outbreak

Number of cases of the pneumonia-like illness has surpassed the total for severe acute respiratory syndrome in the mainland 17 years ago.

Number of cases of the pneumonia-like illness has surpassed the total for severe acute respiratory syndrome in the mainland 17 years ago.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:01PM
China’s ‘demon’ virus leaves health experts at odds on when infection rate will slow

Zhong Nanshan, the man who fought Sars, says wave of infections will slow in early February; public health expert in Hong Kong disagrees.

Zhong Nanshan, the man who fought Sars, says wave of infections will slow in early February; public health expert in Hong Kong disagrees.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:01PM
China coronavirus: YouTube and Twitter show realities of life in lockdown

Wuhan residents share their experiences on social media, including platforms beyond the Chinese ‘Great Firewall’.

Wuhan residents share their experiences on social media, including platforms beyond the Chinese ‘Great Firewall’.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:09PM
Live from Wuhan: millions tune in to watch China build coronavirus hospitals

Streams from the construction sites of two new temporary medical facilities at the epicentre of the outbreak attract a supportive audience.

Streams from the construction sites of two new temporary medical facilities at the epicentre of the outbreak attract a supportive audience.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:07PM
Debunking the myths around China’s deadly coronavirus outbreak

Is there a cure? Does folk medicine work? Answering the questions about the epidemic that has sparked a torrent of rumour-mongering on social media.

Is there a cure? Does folk medicine work? Answering the questions about the epidemic that has sparked a torrent of rumour-mongering on social media.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:06PM
China wakes up to wide web of online data leaks and privacy concerns

In country where apps and state surveillance are unavoidable, many worry about security, but some ‘just believe or assume that all hope is lost’.

In country where apps and state surveillance are unavoidable, many worry about security, but some ‘just believe or assume that all hope is lost’.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:39PM
China sends in military doctors to help Wuhan hospitals fight coronavirus outbreak

Central military command orders PLA medical personnel based in the city to help civilian doctors and nurses.

Central military command orders PLA medical personnel based in the city to help civilian doctors and nurses.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:26PM
Wuhan coronavirus confirmed in 29 of China’s 31 provinces

The deaths include the first reported outside the epicentre around Wuhan, while the number of infected doctors and nurses is higher than reported, sources say.

The deaths include the first reported outside the epicentre around Wuhan, while the number of infected doctors and nurses is higher than reported, sources say.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:26PM
China coronavirus: rush is on in Wuhan to build treatment centre for up to 1,000 patients

Workers paid three times their usual wage to get emergency facility built within six days.

Workers paid three times their usual wage to get emergency facility built within six days.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:25PM
Scientists debate whether Wuhan coronavirus came from bats or snakes amid joint US-China effort to develop vaccine

Experts from three American institutes are working with a team from Fudan University in Shanghai to develop a vaccine.

Experts from three American institutes are working with a team from Fudan University in Shanghai to develop a vaccine.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:28PM
Wuhan virus killing mostly the elderly, those with previous health problems

Almost half the fatalities were 80 years or older, all of them from Hubei province.

Almost half the fatalities were 80 years or older, all of them from Hubei province.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:33PM
Tracking Wuhan virus a ‘jigsaw puzzle’ as China cracks down with quarantine powers

Prevention and control in hospitals is key to controlling outbreak, disease specialist says.

Prevention and control in hospitals is key to controlling outbreak, disease specialist says.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:40PM
China virus death toll rises to 6 as city at epicentre steps up controls

Quarantine the most effective way to stop further spread of coronavirus, Sars expert says.

Quarantine the most effective way to stop further spread of coronavirus, Sars expert says.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:47PM
How political tensions between Taiwan and mainland China could hamper efforts to fight Wuhan virus

The self-governed island has recorded its first case of the coronavirus but its exclusion from the World Health Organisation risks hampering efforts to stop its spread.

The self-governed island has recorded its first case of the coronavirus but its exclusion from the World Health Organisation risks hampering efforts to stop its spread.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:47PM
Chinese #MeToo activist Sophia Huang Xueqin freed from detention, lawyers and sources say

Author of landmark workplace harassment survey was arrested three months ago for ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’. She is ‘healthy and still in good spirits’ while ‘under heavy surveillance’, a source tells the Post.

Author of landmark workplace harassment survey was arrested three months ago for ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’. She is ‘healthy and still in good spirits’ while ‘under heavy surveillance’, a source tells the Post.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:21PM