Coronavirus update: Numbers outside Hubei keep falling

Guangdong added two new infections on Monday, one each in Guangzhou and Dongguan, taking the province’s total to 1,347, according to the Guangdong Health Commission. So far, 805 patients have left hospital, with 33 discharged on Monday alone.

A new death was recorded Monday in Guangzhou, which was an 82-year-old man arriving in the city from Wuhan on January 15, bringing the death toll in the GBA to nine.

In Hong Kong, seven new cases were confirmed on Monday. Four were evacuees from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. Among the city’s total of 81, 19 patients have been discharged, according to the city’s Centre for Health Protection.

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  1. Hubei, epicentre of the outbreak, reported 499 new cases yesterday, taking the total to 64,786. The death toll rose to 2,563, with 68 new deaths added, down 81 from the previously reported 149 daily increase, according to the Hubei Health Commission. 
  2. The nationwide number of new infections outside Hubei, however, was brought down to single digits on Monday, at nine, down two from the previous day’s 11. Of the total 77,658 infections, around one-third have been discharged, according to the National Health Commission.
  3. COVID-19 is escalating in Asia, with South Korea reporting 893 infections and nine deaths, adding 60 new cases on Monday. This has prompted several Chinese cities to ramp up precautions against visitors from South Korea. SCMP.
  4. Hong Kong has extended its school closures until April 20, the end of the Easter holiday, in view of the coronavirus outbreak in the city, education officials announced today. SCMP.
  5. The lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak has brought a boost to Dongguan’s e-commerce, whose total trade volume grew 15.6 times to 1.3 billion yuan in January. Chinanews.
  6. The state-owned telecommunication company, China Tower, has set up a total of 198 5G base stations in Guangdong amid the outbreak period, in a bid to meet the need for stable network service raised by virus control activities.
  7. Zhong Nanshan, renowned respiratory expert at the National Health Commission, is less worried about reinfection reports. He said on Monday that the positive results after being discharged could be due to over-sensitivity of the test kits.
  8. All of the 256 checkpoints set up across Guangdong’s expressways, with the aim of temperature and ID checks, have been dismantled as of Tuesday as the outbreak subsides in the province.
  9. Both Guangzhou and Shenzhen are seeing one unwelcome sign of life returning to normal: traffic jams in downturn districts and major thoroughfares at rush hours.
  10. In a move to cushion the financial challenge facing the virus-stricken companies, China’s central bank on Monday expanded access to low-interest loans from six major state-owned banks through a relending fund worth of 300 billion yuan. Caixin.

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