Guangdong added five new related cases yesterday, 4 of which were in Guangzhou and one in Foshan, while 12 new asymptomatic cases were reported in Guangzhou. Nine cases were discharged. Among the 92 cases still in hospital (63 imported), 19 were light, 68 normal, 4 severe, and 1 critical. (Data: Guangdong Health Commission)
Hong Kong confirmed only one new case today, taking its total to 1,018 (528 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, 34 new imported cases were reported, according to the National Health Commission. There were twelve local cases, 5 of which were in Guangdong, 4 in Liaoning, and 3 in Beijing. Asymptomatic cases remained at 1,023, as 49 were released from monitoring and 6 new cases were reported.
- A Hong Kong bar manager who flouted a government order to close for 14 days was jailed for a week on Thursday, the first such conviction since the rule was brought in. SCMP.
- A requirement forcing all air passengers arriving at Hong Kong to be tested for the coronavirus will remain in place going forward, with experts predicting the practice will become standard at airports around the world as the aviation industry adapts to a new normal. SCMP.
- A further outbreak of the coronavirus could occur as late as 2024 and social distancing may have to be extended until 2022 to contain the existing pandemic, a team of Harvard researchers has said. SCMP.
- Medical experts say that a quicker solution to stopping the coronavirus may be vaccines that are less than total. “There is evidence that immunity doesn’t necessarily have to be sterilising or even comprehensive,” said Dr Mark Denison, director of paediatric infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville, Tennessee. “Immunity that is incomplete … is likely to lead to infections that are milder, even if you can’t get absolute protection”. SCMP.