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Coronavirus update: Guangdong at zero new cases

COVID-19 recoveries are rapidly climbing in Guangdong, while the province finally saw zero new infections for the first time since it started reporting the numbers, keeping the total at 1,347 on Tuesday, according to the Guangdong Health Commission. So far, 841 patients have left hospital, with 36 discharged on Tuesday alone. 

In Hong Kong, four new cases were confirmed yesterday, with six more testing positive today, potentially taking the city’s total to 91. Among the confirmed total of 85, 18 patients have been discharged, according to the city’s Centre for Health Protection. The death toll in the GBA remained at nine.

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Shenzhen raises RMB 4.1bn from “anti-epidemic” bonds

In February this year, bonds for epidemic prevention and control were issued to raise funds for enterprises in difficulty. Among them, Shenzhen has issued the country’s first anti-epidemic bonds in the express delivery logistics and air transport industries. As of February 21, Shenzhen financial institutions had accumulated underwriting of seven anti-epidemic bonds, with the total at 4.101 billion yuan and a weighted average interest rate of only 2.42%.

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Coronavirus update: Numbers outside Hubei keep falling

Guangdong added two new infections on Monday, one each in Guangzhou and Dongguan, taking the province’s total to 1,347, according to the Guangdong Health Commission. So far, 805 patients have left hospital, with 33 discharged on Monday alone.

A new death was recorded Monday in Guangzhou, which was an 82-year-old man arriving in the city from Wuhan on January 15, bringing the death toll in the GBA to nine.

In Hong Kong, seven new cases were confirmed on Monday. Four were evacuees from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. Among the city’s total of 81, 19 patients have been discharged, according to the city’s Centre for Health Protection.

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Coronavirus update: New cases plunge outside Hubei

Guangdong added three confirmed cases on Sunday, according to the Guangdong Health Commission. The total number of infections recorded in the province since the outbreak began is 1,345, of which over half, or 722, have been discharged so far. 

Shenzhen recorded a new death on Saturday, bringing the death toll in the GBA to eight.

In Hong Kong, five new cases, four evacuated from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, were confirmed over the weekend, taking the city’s total to 74. However, 12 patients have been discharged, according to the city’s Centre for Health Protection.

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Dongguan Metro Line 1 extension line set to start

Dongguan’s Metro Line 1 extension project has begun work. The crucial project, which passes through Dalang, Huangjiang, Zhangmutou, and Tangxia, will link the city’s towns and townships more closely with Shenzhen and will also bring the Songshan Lake high-tech district into the urban transport network.

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Nansha leads Guangzhou growth

Guangzhou’s fiercely competitive districts are one reason why the provincial capital was able to remain so resilient in a tough external environment last year. Every year the city publishes its rankings of them, based on GDP, both in absolute terms and growth. In 2019, the southernmost district, Nansha, came out tops in growth but still had some distance to catch Tianhe, according to official data. 

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Coronavirus update: Getting back to normal

Guangdong has managed to keep its new infection figure at just 10 this week, according to the Guangdong Health Commission. It has also maintained a steady rate of discharges, with 45 leaving hospital on Thursday. Of the total number of infections recorded in the province since the outbreak began is 1,333, nearly half, or 664, have been discharged. 

In Hong Kong, three new cases were confirmed today. However, five out of the 68 total confirmed cases have been discharged.

Macau has had no new confirmed cases for more than two weeks, with its casinos reopening on Thursday.

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