Coronavirus pandemic: All storiesi

An outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China. It has since spread across the world and the World Health Organisation has declared a global pandemic. Seeking to distinguish the virus from the disease it causes, the virus has been named SARS-CoV-2 and the disease Covid-19.


Hyperbolic Western media see Chinese president’s absence as a snub, but by sending Premier Li Qiang instead, Beijing is emphasising what the grouping was originally about: economic collaboration and not political back-stabbing.

  • Hongkonger brings traditional city food to Paris and French-born businessman showcases his homeland’s flair for fashion in financial hub
  • Financial Secretary Paul Chan tells delegates at Paris conference Hong is open for business and welcomes French investment

Readers discuss how the pandemic has affected the mental health of those in the medical field, the impact of the loss of small businesses, and the need for better sex education in schools.

New cut-price Cathay Pacific Airbus planes, with book cost of HK$36 billion, will be delivered by the end of 2029 and used mostly on mainland China and Asia routes.


Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Kevin Yeung on Saturday says more than 700 mainland tour groups expected to arrive in the city in next few days.

September 30 is World Heart Day, and a good time to think about how to improve your heart health and your family’s. A cardiologist gives some tips, including a decent diet, exercise and laughter.

Shanghai has to reduce taxes and red tape, make the yuan fully convertible and broaden market access to draw more investment, European Union Chamber of Commerce leaders say.


US-China tensions create negative ripple effects for American firms, including lost sales and disrupted supply chains, according to annual survey’s results.


Pharmaceutical giant Merck’s antiviral pill molnupiravir was one of the earliest treatments rolled out during the pandemic to prevent Covid becoming more severe in vulnerable people.


Covid-19 killed some 24 million people globally but the world is now ‘arguably worse off’ in terms of pandemic preparedness than it was before 2020, according to former New Zealand PM Helen Clark.


Green List visas can be offered for jobs such as welding, panel beating and vehicle painting. In addition, construction companies can recruit migrants at a lower wage than the normal work visa allows.

Paul Chan and Bank of England governor discuss interest rates, inflation trends, global economic outlook and areas such as financial regulation in London.

China’s role in the global supply chain will become even more crucial in the coming years, as it garners a bigger market share in intermediate products, says HKMA CEO Eddie Yue.

Japanese furniture retailer Nitori Holdings, which opened its first outlet in Hong Kong on Wednesday, plans to gradually expand its footprint to 20 across the city in the coming years, according to a top executive.


Australia PM Anthony Albanese says an independent Covid-19 inquiry will look into the country’s response to the pandemic and that it would not be the last.


After struggling through school, Michael Chan was admitted to Chinese University and launched Companion Hong Kong, which earned him a Spirit of Hong Kong nomination.

Flex space provider IWG says it is adding locations rapidly in the Greater Bay Area as property owners seek to capitalise on the trend. Major landlords Hongkong Land and Swire Properties also have their fingers in the co-working pie.