A university president has rebuked a student union in Hong Kong for referring to the Covid-19 pandemic as “Chinese pneumonia”. Photo: Simon Song

Coronavirus: university president hits out at Hong Kong student union’s ‘Chinese pneumonia’ statement for ‘harming global Covid-19 fight’

  • The term can stoke division, says HKUST’s Wei Shyy while criticising students’ allocation of anti-contagion funding as potentially discriminatory
  • Student union defends its language as in keeping with other disease titles, rejects suggestion it discriminates
Topic |   Coronavirus outbreak
A university president has rebuked a student union in Hong Kong for referring to the Covid-19 pandemic as “Chinese pneumonia”. Photo: Simon Song
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