Archive for February 1st, 2020

Coronavirus: the Hongkongers whose livelihoods depend on being able to cross the border

01-Feb-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

To go to mainland China, or not to go that was the dilemma facing Peter Choi. A chauffeur for his boss, who runs a factory in Taishan, the Hong Kong resident often drives his [...] » More

‘Bad timing’: industry experts pan expanded fast-track immigration scheme by HK government to lure tech talent

01-Feb-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Industry experts in Hong Kong have panned an expanded fast-track immigration scheme unveiled by the government and aimed at luring talent to the city’s technology [...] » More

Hongkongers unable to return to their studies, work in mainland China

01-Feb-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Hongkonger Kevin Lau (not his real name), a final-year student at Peking University in Beijing, says he was looking forward to working on his graduation thesis with his [...] » More

HK leader Carrie Lam urges local residents not to travel to mainland China but no complete border shutdown yet

01-Feb-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Hong Kong’s embattled leader has urged local residents not to travel to mainland China, amid a worsening coronavirus crisis that the World Health Organization has [...] » More

Coronavirus: HK restaurant group calls for border closure, says virus fears hurting business more than protests

01-Feb-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

A group of Hong Kong restaurant owners has joined the chorus of calls for the border’s complete closure, saying the deadly Wuhan coronavirus has hit businesses even [...] » More

HK, hurt by US-China trade war, protests, replaced by Tokyo as Asia-Pacific’s largest commercial real-estate market in 2019

01-Feb-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Hong Kong is no longer the largest commercial real-estate market in Asia-Pacific, having lost its crown to Tokyo in 2019, data and analytics firm Real Capital Analytics said [...] » More

China coronavirus: pressure builds on HK hotels to turn away guests from mainland

01-Feb-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Hotels in Hong Kong are coming under increasing pressure from unions and the public to turn away guests from mainland China. On Thursday, local authorities revealed they had [...] » More

China coronavirus: some HK banks closing branches as a public safety measure

01-Feb-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

The scare over the contagious China coronavirus has spread to the Hong Kong banking sector, with several institutions closing branches or shortening service hours in the name [...] » More

HK confirms 12th case of deadly coronavirus

HK confirms 12th case of deadly coronavirus

01-Feb-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Hong Kong confirmed its 11th and 12th cases of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus early on Friday as hospital chiefs revealed about 87 per cent of suspected cases reported in the [...] » More

Coronavirus: visitor arrivals from mainland drop nearly 30 per cent after HK government closes border crossings

01-Feb-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

The number of mainland Chinese visitors entering Hong Kong dropped 29.6 per cent on Thursday, as an array of emergency measures took effect to reduce cross-border travel and [...] » More

Firefighters break into HK public housing flat to rescue two women trapped in blaze

01-Feb-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Firefighters in Hong Kong broke into a public housing flat in Kwun Tong and rescued two women who were trapped in a blaze in the early hours of Friday. The two sisters were [...] » More

Coronavirus: Hongkongers’ online orders for masks cancelled as overseas suppliers report shortages

01-Feb-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Hongkongers struggling to buy surgical masks in the city to protect themselves against the Wuhan coronavirus have also had online orders cancelled, as overseas suppliers [...] » More

HK stocks sink to lowest in seven weeks on sell-off sparked by Wuhan virus fears

01-Feb-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Hong Kong stocks fell sharply for a second day, closing 2.6 per cent lower at 26,449.13, their lowest level since December 10. The benchmark Hang Seng Index has dropped 9 per [...] » More

HK schools, kindergartens closed until at least March 2 as coronavirus fears grow, three universities take similar action

01-Feb-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

The suspension of schools and kindergartens in Hong Kong will be extended for at least two more weeks because of the Wuhan coronavirus, the Post has learned. A government [...] » More

Double whammy of coronavirus and protests is about to send HK’s home prices plunging, say property analysts

01-Feb-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Hong Kong’s famously expensive home prices fell in December and are likely to slide further in the coming months as authorities try to bring the Chinese coronavirus [...] » More