Coronavirus update: HK jumps

Guangdong added only six new COVID-19 cases yesterday, all imported from overseas. Three were reported in Guangzhou, one in Chaozhou, two in Foshan. Three more patients were released from hospital, leaving the number under treatment at 73, according to the Guangdong Health Commission.

Hong Kong had 39 new infections, taking the city’s total of confirmed cases to 356. No more patients were released from hospital, while 425 remain under observation, according to the Centre for Health Protection.

The death toll in the GBA remained at 12.

The rest of the country reported 33 new cases yesterday, all of which were imported, taking the total imported cases to 353. Hubei has stopped adding new cases for a fifth day, while announcing nine new deaths, according to the Hubei Health Commission.

Of China’s total 81,093 confirmed cases, around 90% have left hospital, with 459 discharged yesterday alone, according to the National Health Commission.

Related news:

  1. The spring session of the Canton Fair has been suspended over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. It has become all but impossible for foreigners to get into the city, leading many to cancel attendance plans, anyway. SCMP.
  2. Hong Kong will stop all foreign tourist and transit arrivals to the city and ban the sale of alcohol at more than 8,000 bars and restaurants. SCMP.
  3. Hong Kong’s most famous bar and restaurant district, Lan Kwai Fong, is being hammered by the government’s response to the crisis. SCMP. 
  4. Guangdong has announced a package of 12 measures specifically to help the tourism industry recover. It includes 400 million yuan of cash payouts, as well as a range of tax and fee cuts. SCN.
  5. Zhuhai has rolled out a package of stimulus measures for its economy worth 2 billion yuan. SCN
  6. Guangzhou’s number of international arrivals placed in quarantine shot up by 1,245 yesterday to total 9,180, of which 4,266 were put into designated spots and 4,914 were isolated at home. They included 6,938 Chinese nationals (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) and 2,242 foreigners. SCN.

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