Coronavirus update: nearly done

Guangdong added only one new case yesterday, an import-related case in Guangzhou. Ten caes were discharged. Among the 49 still in hospital (21 imported), 10 were light, 35 normal, and 4 severe. (Data: Guangdong Health Commission)

Hong Kong reported no new cases today for the second time in five days, keeping the city’s tally at 1,036. Twenty patients were discharged in the past 24 hours, with 311 still in hospital. Here is a Covid-19 tracker, which lists all currently hospitalized cases, with travel history.

Across the rest of the country, 2 new imported cases were reported, according to the National Health Commission. There were 4 local cases, 3 of which were in Heilongjiang, and one in Guangdong. Asymptomatic cases dropped to 979, as 36 were released from monitoring and three new cases were reported.

Related news:

  1. New analysis of coronavirus genomes from Guangdong has revealed that the province’s approach of mass testing and intervention measures such as travel restrictions were effective. Researchers from the University of Oxford and the Guangdong CDC analysed the genomic sequences of 53 patients, showing that the province’s outbreak was mostly made up of independent cases introduced from outside instead of local transmissions. “Our work in Guangdong shows that high levels of very early testing, together with active case tracing and strict isolation, can bring an outbreak under control,” said Dr Lu Jing from Guangdong CDC. SCMP.
  2. Guangdong’s consumers have nearly all regained their pre-epidemic spending levels, yet they remain cautious about “going out” to buy goods and services, preferring to order online. Just under half say they want to travel again, soon. These are the key findings of a survey by the Guangdong Consumer Council. SCN.
  3. Not only are there no more “wildlife wet markets” open in Guangdong, but the trade of wild animals for consumption has been banned across the province, even online, and a hotline has been set up for the public to report suspicious transactions. SCN.
  4. Local governments issuing consumption vouchers are being followed by major retailers in Guangdong. These are both online – such as Guangzhou Restaurant Group, Tao Taoju, JD.com, Meituan Dianping and others – as well as mall operators Tianhuan Plaza, Wanda Plaza, Guangbai, Suning, and Tesco. Some are giving away hundreds of millions of yuan in the hopes of attracting shoppers to come back. SCN.
  5. Shenzhen’s Metro has recovered to 70% of its pre-epidemic daily passenger levels. SZN.
  6. Shenzhen has had no new coronavirus cases for four straight days, and officials are cautiously advising residents that it is ok to travel during the upcoming May 1 holidays, as long as precautions are taken. SZN.
  7. Guangzhou is offering “startup subsidies” to all aspiring entrepreneurs: 10,000 yuan in cash to begin with, and 5,000 a year for rent over the first five years. DY.
  8. Organizers of the Canton Fair, which will held entirely online in the middle of June, have sent out more than 400,000 invitations to buyers who have previously attended the fair in person. DY.
  9. Guangzhou has conducted acid nucleic tests on more than 208,000 students who are due to resume classes next week, and all have turned out negative. DY.
  10. Huizhou is seeing a recovery in visitation to its most popular scenic spots, such as the West Lake and the beaches along the Daya Bay peninsula, raising hopes for a rebound in tourism during the upcoming May 1 holidays. FZ.
  11. Hong Kong’s Tourism Board chairman has given a bleak outlook for the industry, saying a V-shaped rebound was impossible in the face of restrictions overseas and flight suspensions, while mainland visitors were likely to be very slow to return in numbers. SCMP.
  12. One visitor describes the experience of returning to Hong Kong via the airport, being tested, and setting up with a wristband for the mandatory 14-day quarantine at home. Medium.
  13. Nearly 100 protesters returned to the IFC Mall in Hong Kong’s Central district today, testing coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings to show support for recently arrested opposition figures. “Liberate Hong Kong; revolution of our times,” the crowd chanted, while gathering sparsely across different floors of the atrium. SCMP.

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