Guangdong added three new COVID-19 cases yesterday, one imported from overseas and two related, all in Guangzhou. Four asymptomatic case were confirmed, two in Guangzhou, one in Shenzhen and one in Shantou. 12 cases were discharged. Among the 108 cases still in hospital (92 imported), 24 were light, 79 normal, 2 severe, and 3 critical, according to the Guangdong Health Commission.
Hong Kong confirmed 13 new cases today, down from 25 the previous day, taking its total to 974 (293 discharged), according to the Centre for Health Protection. Here is a Covid-19 tracker, which lists all currently hospitalized cases, with travel history.
Across the rest of the country, 61 new imported cases were reported, according to the National Health Commission. There were two local cases, in Guangdong. Asymptomatic cases increased to 1,104, as 32 were released from monitoring and 56 new cases were reported.
- What was Shenzhen’s key weapon in the fight against the Covid-19 outbreak? The fast and transparent dissemination of information, according to local media. This included maps of reported infections across the city, which was copied by other Chinese cities, as well as constant online monitoring of, and response to, online rumors. SZN.
- Shenzhen’s Longgang district has allocated 680 apartments under its “talent development” scheme to frontline medical and anti-epidemic personnel, aiming to attract the best and brightest to the city as it builds up its medical resources. SZN.
- Hong Kong University’s Shenzhen Hospital has begun construction of a second phase that will add 3,000 beds. (By comparison, Hong Kong’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the city’s biggest, has 1,900 beds.) SZN.
- A retrospective analysis of patients with influenza-like symptoms in the central Chinese city of Wuhan has found Covid-19 positive cases gradually increased from early January, suggesting community transmission back then. SCMP.
- A Chinese supercomputer has given a coronavirus diagnosis of a young US vaper, saying white patches detected on the patient’s lungs suggest probable Covid-19, but a number of US doctors have disputed the claim, saying five patients with similar symptoms were not evidence of an earlier outbreak. SCMP.