Michael Standaert

Michael Standaert

Health

Coronavirus: Mutating, but not necessarily more virulent

Understanding of virus is key to development of treatments and vaccine, and more testing will help in the process.

Coronavirus: Mutating, but not necessarily more virulent

China

Labour Day: China’s next big virus challenge is creating jobs

Despite factories and offices slowly returning to work, unemployment has risen sharply.

Labour Day: China’s next big virus challenge is creating jobs

China

In China, a son blames Wuhan for father's coronavirus death

Army veteran Zhang Lifa went to a Wuhan hospital in January after breaking his leg. On February 1, he died of COVID-19.

In China, a son blames Wuhan for father's coronavirus death

Health

Illegal wildlife trade goes online as China shuts down markets

Online shift increases pressure on China’s tech giants over trade thrust into spotlight by coronavirus outbreak.

Illegal wildlife trade goes online as China shuts down markets

China

Recovery on the menu for some restaurants in China

But many still face hurdles returning to pre-coronavirus outbreak levels, and risk deeper troubles ahead.

Recovery on the menu for some restaurants in China

Coronavirus pandemic

Can China's carmakers avoid a virus-driven crash?

Many car companies are facing up to their over-reliance on China as a source of key components, analysts say.

Can China's carmakers avoid a virus-driven crash?

China

Going cold on hotpot: Virus-hit China curbs communal eating

Spread of deadly outbreak across China forces abrupt change in cultural norms and traditions including communal meals.

Going cold on hotpot: Virus-hit China curbs communal eating

China

Business vapourised: Could coronavirus hurt e-cigarette makers?

China, the world centre for vaping devices, has also imposed an online sales ban as health concerns mount.

Business vapourised: Could coronavirus hurt e-cigarette makers?

Coronavirus pandemic

China's tough choices: Contain the virus or support the economy?

As workers trickle back to the cities, some of their jobs may no longer exist while others could face pay cuts.

China's tough choices: Contain the virus or support the economy?

Coronavirus pandemic

China virus funeral order fuels upset as death toll rises

Experts say order that all victims be cremated quickly without a funeral is unnecessary and adds to families' grief.

China virus funeral order fuels upset as death toll rises

China

China races to build more hospitals as coronavirus outbreak grows

Construction is taking place away from media glare to avoid alarming nearby residents who fear spread of infection.

China races to build more hospitals as coronavirus outbreak grows

Coronavirus pandemic

Can China handle the economic turmoil of its viral outbreak?

One analyst says the crisis may provide the government with the excuse it needs to miss its growth target.

Can China handle the economic turmoil of its viral outbreak?