Greater China

Container vessels queueing around Shanghai and the entrance into the Yangtze River on May 19, 2022. Photo: Bloomberg
Shanghai’s lockdown easing doesn’t mean end of shipping snarls

The world’s supply chains have taken a battering this year from China’s zero-Covid policy, which has hampered the production and delivery of everything from bathroom taps to Apple iPhones.

19 May 2022 - 2:00PM
People get tested at a makeshift facility next to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei on Wednesday. Photo: EPA-EFE
Taiwan sees record coronavirus cases with peak expected in late May

Daily infections have topped 90,000 for the first time, with 59 deaths, after the island abandoned its zero-Covid strategy.

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Residents armed with groceries and essential supplies during a Covid-19 lockdown in Shanghai on May 18, 2022. Photo: Bloomberg.
Shanghai adds Covid-19 test data to bus passes ahead of reopening

The tentative steps in keeping Covid-19 at bay boosted the confidence of Shanghai’s authorities, as they prepared to allow 273 bus routes and four of the 19 subway lines to reopen on Sunday.

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A shopping center along a near-empty street under lockdown due to Covid-19 in Shanghai on May 5, 2022. Photo: Bloomberg
Tens of thousands of Shanghai businesses await the nod to reopen

Shanghai’s stop-work, now approaching the third month for some of the affected companies, has taken a crucial quarter out of earnings and is driving many businesses to the brink of collapse.

19 May 2022 - 12:25PM
Tougher rules requiring Hongkongers to be triple vaccinated to enter most premises citywide will kick in on May 31. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Don’t worry too much about pandemic, leading health official tells Hongkongers

Dr Edwin Tsui, Centre for Health Protection’s controller, notes admissions to hospital have fallen and number of most worrying cases is also down.

18 May 2022 - 11:59PM
A housing complex by the Chinese property developer China Evergrande Group in Guangzhou, on September 17, 2021. Photo: AFP
China’s new home price index falls for the first time in seven years

Declining prices and contracting transactions underscore why China’s banking regulator and banks are cutting their mortgage rates in cities like Tianjin to revive the stagnating property market.

18 May 2022 - 5:00PM
A worker in a protective suit disinfects a closed residential area in Shanghai during the city’s sixth week of Covid-19 lockdown. Photo: Reuters
China’s zero-Covid approach no match for Omicron: WHO

Health agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the coronavirus has changed significantly since it was first identified.

18 May 2022 - 2:57PM
Workers in protective suits disinfect a closed residential area during lockdown in Shanghai on May 17, 2022. Photo: Reuters
Shanghai extends streak of infection-free days in non-quarantined zones

The fourth straight day without new Covid-19 infections in low-risk, unguarded zones keeps the mainland’s commercial and financial hub on track for a phased easing of restrictions.

18 May 2022 - 7:36PM
Two women hug at a closed street during lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Shanghai on May 16, 2022. Photo: Reuters
Shanghai reaches milestone, keeping community infections at zero

Societal zero-Covid is a watershed moment in Shanghai’s anti-pandemic work, after which the city will ease the draconian virus control measures that have upended daily lives and strained global supply chains.

17 May 2022 - 7:52PM
The entrance to a noodle store is locked and sealed in the Jing’an district of western Shanghai on April 4, 2022. Photo: AP
More than 180 companies say they’ve been hit by China’s lockdowns

The list is still growing as more firms report financial results in the days and weeks ahead.

17 May 2022 - 10:08AM
Testing booths will be set up for routine weekly mass screening in cities with more than 10 million people. Photo: AFP
China to throw more resources at zero-Covid policy, health chief says

NHC head writes in party publication that permanent quarantine facilities will be built and dedicated teams set up for testing.

16 May 2022 - 8:00PM
A customer at a supermarket that reopened in Shanghai on May 16, 2022 amid declining infections. Photo: VCG
Shanghai heads towards June 1 end of lockdown as Covid-19 cases dip

The end is in sight for one of the largest mass population lockdowns ever undertaken in China, after stop works and standstill orders upended daily lives and strained global supply chains close to breaking point.

16 May 2022 - 8:31PM
China has doubled down on its dynamic zero-Covid strategy to contain coronavirus outbreaks, disrupting businesses in a string of Chinese cities. Photo: AFP
‘Save the economy’: China data paints bleak picture of Covid-hit activity

China has doubled down on its dynamic zero-Covid strategy to contain coronavirus outbreaks, disrupting businesses in a string of Chinese cities.

16 May 2022 - 9:41AM
The video was reportedly produced by Korean Central Television. Photo: Weibo
‘Scientific’ North Korean Omicron video wins fans in zero-Covid China

Public health message says most Omicron patients will have mild symptoms.

15 May 2022 - 9:30PM
HSBC Life experienced a 38 per cent year-on-year increase in the value of new business in the first three months. Photo: Nora Tam
Hong Kong insurers see sales soar as Omicron raises health awareness

HSBC Life, Manulife and AIA among the major insurance firms reporting strong growth of sales in the first quarter as their digital tools help to boost sales during the fifth wave of Covid-19.

15 May 2022 - 12:30PM
A medical worker in a protective suit collects a swab sample from a chef for nucleic acid testing, during lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Shanghai on May 13, 2022. Photo: Reuters
Shanghai closes half of its quarantine sites as Covid-19 cases decline

New infections of the highly transmissible Omicron variant have been declining in Shanghai since April 23, the vast majority of them showing no symptoms.

14 May 2022 - 8:03PM
China’s stringent “dynamic zero” Covid-19 policy is affecting small businesses in the Yangtze River Delta.
How China’s rigid Covid policy paralyses its manufacturing heartland

Stringent Covid-19 controls have disrupted logistics in China’s manufacturing hub, leaving small factories struggling.

14 May 2022 - 10:00AM
Shanghai’s government said it is just a step away from bringing the pandemic under control. Photo: AP
Shanghai a week away from containing Covid-19 outbreak, says official

The city is aiming to achieve its ‘societal zero-Covid’ target by May 20, Wu Qing, the city’s executive vice-mayor, told a press briefing on Friday morning.

13 May 2022 - 7:08PM