Society

Tourists pose with the Oriental Pearl TV Tower in the background on 8 Feb 2020. Slogans with the words "武汉加油" (Wuhan, you can do it!) wrap the Shanghai landmark. (CNS)

Nations must behave like nations

Zheng Yongnian says every member of Chinese society must act responsibly to see their country through the 2019 Novel Coronavirus epidemic, and it will be a huge tragedy if Chinese people pin their hopes on heroes while society as a whole remains ignorant and incompetent.
This photo taken on 7 February 2020 shows a photo of the late ophthalmologist Li Wenliang with flower bouquets at the Houhu Branch of Wuhan Central Hospital. (STR/AFP)

Dr Li Wenliang’s incident: The start of accountability investigations?

Since Dr Li Wenliang's death from the novel coronavirus on 7 February 2020, his name has become shorthand for holding the authorities to account. Beijing correspondent Yu Zeyuan weighs in on its effects on China's social stability and on accountability investigations.
The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak: A price too high to pay for the Chinese people. (CNS)

Wuhan coronavirus: China has paid a high price

Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting with the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China to discuss the coronavirus and its preventive measures on 3 Feb. However, no actual footage of the meeting was broadcast on state TV. This highly unusual presentation drew speculations. Veteran China affairs journalist Han Yong Hong observes that although the authorities have stepped up its efforts to stem the tide of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the last few days, China has paid a high price.
A message written in the snow of Beijing, along Tonghui River: "Goodbye, Li Wenliang." A person lies in the snow as an exclamation mark. (Weibo)

Internet: The whistleblower is dead, but we have to take care of that whistle

Dr Li Wenliang was the first to raise the alarm on the Wuhan coronavirus. However, he met with resistance and threats, in efforts to keep him quiet, until eventually he fell ill himself and did not recover. The outpouring of emotion from the internet community says volumes about this people's hero.
A man wearing a protective mask walks along an empty street in Beijing on 31 January 2020, following the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP)

As long as there’s still a grain of rice, stay home

Singaporean journalist Edwin Ong shares his story on surviving the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in Chongqing, China. From his observation, the long period of self-isolation is wearing down Chinese residents’ resolve to stay home for everyone’s sake. One tires most by doing nothing.
Wuhan skyscrapers are wrapped in motivational slogans to rally the people together in the fight against the 2019-nCoV. (Xinhua)

Just back from China, Lorna Wei says "May the force be with us"

Graduate student Lorna Wei returned to her hometown in Hebei province for the Chinese New Year holidays, only to land in the eye of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus storm. She shares her personal experience, from the inside.
A young man posted this photo, along with the text: "Je suis Chinois, mais je ne suis pas un virus!! Je sais que tout le monde a peur au virus, mais pas de préjugé, svp. (I am Chinese, but I am not a virus! I know that everyone is afraid of the virus, but please do not pre-judge us.)" (@ChengwangL/Twitter)

[Photo story] When Chinese are not welcome

One month since the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic surfaced, accounts of racism have been reported around the world. Mainland Chinese, Hong Kongers, Taiwanese, people of Chinese or Asian descent, have been subjected to unfriendly and sometimes hostile and degrading words and behaviour. But some people are hoping to prove that solidarity in hard times does exist.
Pedestrians wearing protective masks are reflected in an advertisement in the Central district of Hong Kong, January 29, 2020. (Paul Yeung/Bloomberg)

The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak and its possible effects on the Hong Kong economy

Hong Kong, being adjacent to mainland China, is worried about the Wuhan coronavirus. Besides the physical impact, there would be political and economic impacts as well if there is an outbreak. Economics professor Paul Yip examines these possible effects, and explains why Hong Kongers are calling for a complete closure of Hong Kong’s border with China.
medical staff attending to a patient at the Central Hospital of Wuhan. The authorities in China have been criticised for its handling of the new coronavirus originating in Wuhan. (Internet)

Can the Wuhan coronavirus lead to good governance?

As the Wuhan coronavirus continues to expose China’s systemic flaws in crisis response and disease prevention and control, Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan says the authorities must come to grips with their governance issues and take in the larger learning points of the epidemic.