Asia-Pacific medical experts offer insight from front lines of Covid-19 battle in online discussion with Post, other newsrooms

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The South China Morning Post has joined two other leading Asia-Pacific newsrooms in Singapore and Sydney for the world’s first international Facebook Watch media event to analyse and share lessons from the front lines of the war against Covid-19.

The 45-minute show, which was broadcast on Friday at noon Hong Kong time, features interviews with renowned local and international experts who took questions from some of the region’s most experienced journalists as well as from viewers.

Covid Frontline: Experts bring you insights from the front line of the #coronavirus battle in an exclusive Facebook event, presented with 7NEWS Australia and The Straits Times.

Posted by South China Morning Post on Thursday, 2 April 2020

Titled Covid Frontline, the show is now available on demand through Facebook Watch.

The experts include Professor David Hui Shu-cheong of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, an authority on respiratory diseases and a top health adviser to the city’s government, and Professor John Nicholls of the University of Hong Kong, a veteran pathologist behind breakthroughs in studying the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak of 2003, and now the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

Also part of the discussion are Professor Alexander Cook from the National University of Singapore’s school of public health, Australia’s Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, an adviser to the World Health Organisation, and Professor Sanjaya Senanayake of the Australian National University.

The Hong Kong session is anchored by chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo of the Post, while Australian anchor Michael Usher of 7NEWS and senior health correspondent Salma Khalik of The Straits Times host their respective segments.

Covid Frontline is available on demand through Facebook Watch after it was broadcast at noon on Friday. Photo: Handout

The discussions cover aspects of the global health emergency, ranging from how different countries and jurisdictions have been tackling their respective outbreaks and what they have learned so far, to understanding what the coronavirus is all about and what the world can expect in the coming months as it continues its relentless spread across the globe.

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