Guangdong added one new case yesterday, a local case in Shenzhen. Among the 26 cases still in hospital (11 imported), 2 were light, 22 normal, and 2 critical. (Data: Guangdong Health Commission)
Hong Kong reported no new cases for the fourth straight day, keeping the city’s tally at 1,038. However, 19 patient were discharged in the past 24 hours, with 204 still in hospital. Here is a Covid-19 tracker, which lists all currently hospitalized cases, with travel history.
Across the rest of the country, 21 new imported cases were reported, according to the National Health Commission. There was 1 local case, in Guangdong. Asymptomatic cases dropped to 993, as 29 were released from monitoring and one new case was reported.
- Beijing has announced the date for its long-delayed annual legislative session, in a display of confidence that the coronavirus outbreak is under control. The annual general assembly session of the National People’s Congress will kick off on May 22. SCMP.
- Factory owners and professionals, including accountants and engineers, are likely to be among the first batch of travellers allowed to skip mandatory quarantine when they enter Hong Kong from mainland China as the city government eases restrictions related to Covid-19, officials have said. SCMP.
- The coronavirus outbreak in France was not caused by cases imported from China, but from a locally circulating strain of unknown origin, according to a new study by French scientists at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. SCMP.
- China’s tier 1 and tier 2 cities recorded a 37% weekly increase in home sales last week, with 1.3 million sqm of property sold, according to China Real Estate Information Corporation (CRIC). In Shenzhen, about 152,000 sqm of homes were sold in the week ending April 26, up 36% over the previous week and 6% higher than the same period in 2019. SCMP.
- A record number of offices have been left empty in the country’s four largest commercial hubs, while rents have declined for six consecutive quarters. Office vacancy rates in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen rose to 15 per cent on average – the highest level on record – in the first quarter, according to data from the China Real Estate Information Corporation (CRIC). SCMP.
- E-commerce giant JD.com has applied for a secondary listing in Hong Kong. The Beijing-headquartered company could raise as much as US$2 billion, which would be the world’s biggest since the start of the outbreak. SCMP.
- Shenzhen’s indoor cultural venues will be open this weekend for the Labor Day holidays. The Library, Art Museum, and History Museum will all have restrictions on the number of visitors, however. SZN.
- Guangzhou’s Baiyun airport is expected to see a rapid pickup in flights this weekend, with carriers offering fares at up to 80% off. A trip to Beijing could cost as little as 180 yuan. Passengers must, of course, have green health codes. DY