Coronavirus update: Dongguan has imported case

President Xi Jinping made a surprise visit to Wuhan today as China’s COVID-19 situation seemed to be finally easing at its epicentre: the country reported only 19 new cases, 17 of which were in Hubei. However, in the GBA, the first imported case was reported, in Dongguan, a Chinese student who had returned on Sunday after flying back from Spain via Hong Kong.

Most of Guangdong’s 1,353 confirmed cases have recovered, with another 10 patients discharged yesterday, leaving only 75 under treatment, according to the Guangdong Health Commission.

Hong Kong reported three new cases today, taking its total of confirmed cases to 118. It released another three patients from hospital, bring the total discharges to 60, while 131 remain under observation, according to the Centre for Health Protection.

The death toll in the GBA remained just 11.

Although the virus is not spreading as fast, Hubei was still counting deaths in the double digits yesterday: 17 new deaths brought the province’s total to 3,024, according to the Hubei Health Commission.

Of China’s total 80,754 confirmed cases, over 70% have left hospital, with 1,297 discharged on Monday alone, according to the National Health Commission.

Related news:

1. President Xi Jinping made his first visit to Wuhan this morning. He inspected the makeshift Huoshenshan Hospital and visited quarantined residents at a local community. SCMP.

2. A team from Hunan examining an outbreak during a bus journey has suggested that the virus might be able to travel as much as 4.5m in the air. However, the findings have not been peer-reviewed and other experts in Beijing have queried the assumptions. SCMP.

3. Hong Kong’s Canadian International School seems to be raising eyebrows with its policy of allowing certain classes to resume. SCMP.

4. The death toll at the collapsed quarantine facility in Fujian rose to 20, with 41 injured and 10 still missing as of this morning. Caixin.

5. Stocks across Asia recovered today after steep losses overnight in New York as investors went bargain-hunting amid coronavirus fears for the world economy. SCMP.

6. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said the city could tighten its travel restrictions on virus-hit countries, urging residents to avoid foreign travel. SCMP.

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