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Coronavirus: Guangdong down to three, none in big cities

Guangdong reported three new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, while Hong Kong had two and Macau had none. Two new deaths were reported yesterday separately in Hong Kong and Zhuhai, bringing the GBA’s total to seven since the outbreak began. 

The patient who died in Hong Kong on Wednesday morning, the second in the city, was a 70-year-old man with underlying diabetes and kidney problems, SCMP reported.  The death in Zhuhai was a 78-year-old man who had arrived from Wuhan in early January, according to Zhuhai Health Bureau. He was the first confirmed case in the city.

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Top 100 in Nansha back to work

No new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Guangzhou’s Nansha district for 14 days, the district government has announced, and all of its top 100 enterprises are 100% back to work.

Nansha has apparently taken a tech-intensive approach to fighting the outbreak.  Using smart city apps running on blockchain platforms, the district was quick to respond to the crisis, establishing a thorough epidemic prevention and control system. This provided real-time access to the data of each district government department, together with relevant data from the city government, helping companies to cooperate more closely in fighting the outbreak and then resuming normal business activities.

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Coronavirus update: new cases stay in single digits

  1. As of 9 am today, Guangdong had reported 1,328 confirmed cases related to the virus, adding only six new infections, the same increase as the previous day. The newly-added cases were reported from five cities in the GBA – two in Dongguan, and one in Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Huizhou and Zhaoqing each. So far, Shenzhen has 416, Guangzhou 339, Zhuhai 98, Dongguan 91, Foshan 84, Zhongshan 66, Huizhou 59, Jiangmen 23 and Zhaoqing 18, according to the Guangdong Health Commission.

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Internet hospitals flourishing in Guangdong

There are now as many as 80 “Internet hospitals” providing online consultation services for residents in Guangdong, according to local media. A number of these are regular hospitals that have set up “fever clinics”, “fever online consultations”, “new coronavirus pneumonia free consultations” and other related services in their WeChat public accounts. The Guangdong Health Commission itself has launched an AI self-screening module in the official WeChat public accounts for “Healthy Guangdong” and “Guangdong Health Information”.  

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Coronavirus update: new cases in single digits

Guangdong reported six news cases of COVID-19 yesterday, while Hong Kong had one and Macau had none. Two new deaths were reported yesterday in Shenzhen, bringing the GBA’s total to five since the outbreak began. 

The new infection figure saw a sharp decline over the past two days, from 33 on Friday and 22 on Saturday, according to the Guangdong Health Commission.

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Prices spike in Shenzhen amid outbreak

Just when Shenzhen had been thinking it had inflation under control, along came the coronavirus known as COVID-19. January CPI data released today shows stockpiling due to fears about the virus had already had an impact in late January as CPI surged 6.7% YoY, up 1.8 points from December’s 4.9%. 

This resulted in a 2.2% monthly jump in CPI, following a 0.2% MoM decline registered in December. The previous months had seen pork prices take off due to cuts imposed on  herds nationwide as a result of a deadly swine flu, and this had created a knock-on effect on other livestock prices, but December data had indicated they were starting to ease.

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Guangzhou gets trains running again

Despite current restrictions on movement of people, Guangzhou plans to get its traffic running at normal levels within the next 10 days, according to local media.

Although reports of passengers needing to carry their ID cards to ride trains have been refuted, the operator did acknowledge that its popular transport app, Yangchengtong, had required real-name registration so that it could better track infections.

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HK, Macau, get a new boss

President Xi Jinping has installed a key ally as head of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, demoting the current director, Zhang Xiaoming. 

Xia Baolong, vice-chairman of the CPPCC and former Party Secretary of Zhejiang province, has taken over with immediate effect, while Zhang has been “reappointed” as deputy director in charge of daily operations, according to an official statement.

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