SCMP joins media organisations across APAC for a Facebook Watch special the coronavirus outbreak

HONG KONG, 2 April 2020 – The South China Morning Post will join 7NEWS (Australia) and The Straits Times (Singapore) to analyse and share learnings from across the region on their experience on combating COVID-19 in an exclusive Facebook Watch news event named “COVID FRONTLINE” on Friday, 3 April via  

SCMP’s Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo will co-host the 45-minute Facebook Watch special from 12 noon Hong Kong with Michael Usher, Anchor of The Latest from 7NEWS and Salma Khalik, Senior Health Correspondent of The Straits Times. 

COVID-19 experts including world-leading medical experts and researchers as well some of the region’s most experienced journalists will join the discussion sharing insights, learnings and answering questions submitted by Facebook viewers. They include: 

  • Professor David Hui, a respiratory expert from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and adviser to the Hong Kong Government. He is a recognized hero from the region’s SARS outbreak (2002-2003).           
  • Professor John Nicholls, a pathologist at Hong Kong University. His team was the first (outside Mainland China) to grow a copy of the COVID-19 virus. 
  • Professor Wang Linfa, He is director of the programme in emerging infectious diseases at Duke-NUS Medical School. His team developed the 1st antibody test for COVID-19 to be used in the world. He was also on the WHO committee that declared the COVID-19 a global pandemic, and had visited Wuhan shortly after the outbreak there started. 
  • Professor Alexander Cook, Vice-Dean for research at National University of Singapore’s school of public health.
  • Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, a world-leading epidemiologist and current advisor to WHO. 
  • Professor Sanjaya Senanayake, an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Australian National University and an expert on infectious diseases.
  • Rachel Blundy, an AFP’s Fact Check Editor. Rachel will speak to COVID-19 related false news trends.

The show will be streamed as a Premiere video via on Friday 3rd April, 2020 at 12 noon (HKT).


South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China. In 2020, SCMP became the first news organisation in Asia to join the Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies developing global transparency standards for credible journalism.   

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