Zhuang Pinghui

Beijing

Zhuang Pinghui

Senior Correspondent, China

 

Based in Beijing, Zhuang Pinghui joined the Post in 2004 to report on China. She covers a range of issues including policy, healthcare, culture and society.

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Coronavirus: tougher action for Beijing in China’s tussle between virus and zero-Covid goal

China’s capital reports 48 new local infections on Tuesday, after recording 99 infections the day before.

China’s capital reports 48 new local infections on Tuesday, after recording 99 infections the day before.

2 hours ago
Coronavirus: oral CanSino dose gives a bigger antibody boost than third Sinovac jab, study finds

Aerosol version of CanSino adenovirus vaccine produced up to 24 times the antibodies against Delta than the control group, according to paper.

Aerosol version of CanSino adenovirus vaccine produced up to 24 times the antibodies against Delta than the control group, according to paper.

5 hours ago
Taiwan and Shanghai – 2 different takes on tackling Covid-19

Taiwanese authorities have started easing restrictions to live with the virus while the mainland is sticking to its zero-Covid playbook

Taiwanese authorities have started easing restrictions to live with the virus while the mainland is sticking to its zero-Covid playbook

22 May 2022 - 3:25PM
Coronavirus: is China’s rigorous home disinfection prudent disease control, falsely reassuring or overkill?

Emphasising deep cleaning aligns with Beijing’s persistent view the virus can spread from surfaces, and may originally have been imported into Wuhan on goods.

Emphasising deep cleaning aligns with Beijing’s persistent view the virus can spread from surfaces, and may originally have been imported into Wuhan on goods.

21 May 2022 - 6:06PM
Hundreds at Beijing university campus sent into quarantine amid Covid-19 outbreak

All 670 students and staff living at the Fangshan campus have been transferred to an isolation facility.

All 670 students and staff living at the Fangshan campus have been transferred to an isolation facility.

19 May 2022 - 6:15AM
Scientists look for Covid link to mystery hepatitis in children

One theory suggests the lingering presence of the coronavirus may have triggered an immune response that led to liver damage.

One theory suggests the lingering presence of the coronavirus may have triggered an immune response that led to liver damage.

18 May 2022 - 5:34AM
Explainer | Second boosters: what the studies tell us about the fourth Covid-19 jab

Many countries are offering fourth doses of the vaccines, but most are for at-risk groups like the elderly.

Many countries are offering fourth doses of the vaccines, but most are for at-risk groups like the elderly.

16 May 2022 - 9:26AM
Explainer | What is the mystery hepatitis affecting children around the world?

20 countries have reported acute liver inflammation in young patients, many of them previously healthy.

20 countries have reported acute liver inflammation in young patients, many of them previously healthy.

14 May 2022 - 3:16PM
Explainer | How China’s drive to develop its own state-of-the-art Covid vaccine is going

The country has not authorised any mRNA vaccines, despite their proven benefits, a move many observers believe is down to the wish to develop its own version.

The country has not authorised any mRNA vaccines, despite their proven benefits, a move many observers believe is down to the wish to develop its own version.

16 May 2022 - 9:25AM
China’s big city plan for Covid testing just a 15-minute walk away

Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan says testing booths will be within easy reach for all residents in the country’s major cities.

Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan says testing booths will be within easy reach for all residents in the country’s major cities.

10 May 2022 - 4:36PM
Why are diabetic patients at higher risk from Covid-19?

A team of Chinese researchers say it could be related to lower levels of a small molecule.

A team of Chinese researchers say it could be related to lower levels of a small molecule.

10 May 2022 - 12:56AM
Covid in China: another Beijing district works from home in rapid clearance push

Fangshan district follows Chaoyang in urging all but essential workers to avoid the office.

Fangshan district follows Chaoyang in urging all but essential workers to avoid the office.

7 May 2022 - 8:05PM
Learning from Shanghai: what not to do in an Omicron crisis

The financial hub kept Covid-19 under control without mass testing and mass lockdowns – until it didn’t.

The financial hub kept Covid-19 under control without mass testing and mass lockdowns – until it didn’t.

7 May 2022 - 3:40PM
Shanghai children’s study finds shorter Covid-19 fever, fewer symptoms

Fudan University hospital researchers also say asymptomatic children may have contributed to the city’s widespread transmission.

Fudan University hospital researchers also say asymptomatic children may have contributed to the city’s widespread transmission.

5 May 2022 - 7:08PM
China Covid-19 response team chief stands firm on long lockdown and strict measures in Shanghai

Liang Wannian rules out individual responses for different parts of the country.

Liang Wannian rules out individual responses for different parts of the country.

29 Apr 2022 - 7:34PM
China sticks to strict border rules as capital city Beijing steps up Covid-19 controls

Immigration authority pledges to maintain ‘highest levels’ of prevention and control for inbound or outbound travellers.

Immigration authority pledges to maintain ‘highest levels’ of prevention and control for inbound or outbound travellers.

29 Apr 2022 - 11:10AM
Coronavirus in China: 12 positive cases as Beijing tests 20m people

Recent food shortages in locked down Shanghai prompt days of panic buying in Beijing despite government assurances on supply.

Recent food shortages in locked down Shanghai prompt days of panic buying in Beijing despite government assurances on supply.

27 Apr 2022 - 10:33PM
Foreign businesses in Chinese capital keep wary eye on Covid cases as fears of lockdown grow

Mass testing under way across most of Beijing and people told to stay at home.

Mass testing under way across most of Beijing and people told to stay at home.

26 Apr 2022 - 10:17PM
Covid-19 tests limits of Shanghai hospitals as Omicron infects already-ill elderly

Infectious diseases expert Zhang Wenhong says treatment of coronavirus patients presenting with comorbidities strains medical resources.

Infectious diseases expert Zhang Wenhong says treatment of coronavirus patients presenting with comorbidities strains medical resources.

25 Apr 2022 - 6:01PM
Covid-19 disrupts TB detection but new pandemic tools may aid China in tuberculosis fight

Lessons learned since 2020 mean China can now collect thousands, even millions, of samples, rapidly test and contact trace, says Gates Foundation TB expert.

Lessons learned since 2020 mean China can now collect thousands, even millions, of samples, rapidly test and contact trace, says Gates Foundation TB expert.

22 Apr 2022 - 8:49PM
WHO data on excess Covid-19 deaths aims to reveal true human cost of brutal pandemic

‘A lot of people died outside of the health systems. We don’t know what they died of,’ WHO data chief says in underlining need to find true toll.

‘A lot of people died outside of the health systems. We don’t know what they died of,’ WHO data chief says in underlining need to find true toll.

22 Apr 2022 - 9:30AM
China doubles down on zero-Covid policy ahead of Communist Party congress

Health Minister Ma Xiaowei tells party journal the bottom line is to prevent outbreaks and consolidate hard-won results.

Health Minister Ma Xiaowei tells party journal the bottom line is to prevent outbreaks and consolidate hard-won results.

19 Apr 2022 - 10:09AM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong approves clinical trials for 3 Chinese vaccines targeting Omicron

Sinovac Biotech and China National Biotec Group have received approval to carry out clinical trials in the city for new vaccines.

Sinovac Biotech and China National Biotec Group have received approval to carry out clinical trials in the city for new vaccines.

16 Apr 2022 - 11:31PM
Shanghai lockdown tests limits of China’s dynamic zero Covid-19 policy

As the financial powerhouse battles to control infections, its 25 million people and the country’s economy are paying a high price.

As the financial powerhouse battles to control infections, its 25 million people and the country’s economy are paying a high price.

14 Apr 2022 - 10:38AM
What are the benefits of a second Covid-19 vaccine booster shot?

Some countries have started giving fourth doses to seniors and other vulnerable people.

Some countries have started giving fourth doses to seniors and other vulnerable people.

8 Apr 2022 - 10:26PM
Explainer | Why is Shanghai seeing so many asymptomatic Covid-19 infections?

China is in the grip of an Omicron wave, but about 70 per cent of cases reported in March have not had any symptoms.

China is in the grip of an Omicron wave, but about 70 per cent of cases reported in March have not had any symptoms.

11 Apr 2022 - 11:41PM
Explainer | Will the coronavirus continue to evolve after Omicron? And what does this mean for the battle against Covid-19

Scientists believe that further strains will emerge in future given the nature of the virus and the extent it has spread around the world.

Scientists believe that further strains will emerge in future given the nature of the virus and the extent it has spread around the world.

4 Apr 2022 - 2:10PM
Explainer | What is the XE Omicron hybrid and should we be worried about it?

Researchers have detected a number of recombinant Covid-19 sublineages in Europe

Researchers have detected a number of recombinant Covid-19 sublineages in Europe

1 Apr 2022 - 8:00PM
Coronavirus: Shanghai extends lockdown for areas where cases are found

The announcement came after an official said the government had handled the outbreak poorly and that it accepted all criticism.

The announcement came after an official said the government had handled the outbreak poorly and that it accepted all criticism.

31 Mar 2022 - 10:57PM
China Eastern Airlines crash: all 132 people on board declared dead

Rain is increasing hazards at the wreckage site and some plans need to be revised, air safety official says.

Rain is increasing hazards at the wreckage site and some plans need to be revised, air safety official says.

26 Mar 2022 - 10:52PM