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A health worker in a protective suit in Shanghai. A health worker in a protective suit in Shanghai. Photo: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Editor’s note: As of Tuesday, more than 73,000 people in 25 countries have become infected with the coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization. The New York Times reported that 150 million people in China are under restrictions governing how often they can leave their homes. Law.com International’s Hong Kong bureau chief, Anna Zhang, had been visiting her family in mainland China when the coronavirus outbreak occurred, She is still there. She filed this report late last week:

In China, where the coronavirus has infected close to 60,000 people and continues to spread, lawyers are making efforts to contribute to fighting the virus. (Pro bono is a whole different matter in China.) Many large Chinese law firms have organized efforts to buy medical supplies for Wuhan and other places. Jingtian & Gongcheng was among the first to organize firmwide donations and purchased Rmb1 million worth of medical supplies for hospitals in Hubei in January.

King & Wood Mallesons’ offices in Hong Kong, the U.S., and Tokyo worked with the firm’s charity arm KWM Public Interest Foundation and have helped purchase and ship several batches of medical equipment and supplies to Hubei. Zhong Lun and its charity foundation raised Rmb4 million for hospitals in Wuhan and neighboring cities as well as lawyers in Hubei for protection and treatment if they are infected. JunHe also raised over Rmb1 million to give to Hubei hospitals as well as for protection for front line community workers in Beijing. And the list goes on. Clifford Chance also joined the efforts and made a donation.

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Anna Zhang

Anna Zhang is the Hong Kong-based Asia Bureau Chief for Law.com International. She writes about lawyers and legal issues across Asia. Her coverage includes the business of law, global and domestic law firms, in-house legal departments and regulatory issues. She can be reached at [email protected]

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