Coronavirus update: Recoveries climb in Guangdong, HK

Guangdong reported no new COVID-19 cases for three straight days, keeping the total at 1,350 confirmed cases. Most have recovered, with another 30 patients discharged on Tuesday, leaving only 184 under treatment in the province, according to the Guangdong Health Commission.

Hong Kong confirmed four new cases on Wednesday, bringing the city’s total to 105. Seven recoveries were added, up six from the previous day’s one, leaving 57 under treatment, according to the Centre for Health Protection. The death toll in the GBA remains at nine.

Hubei, epicentre of the outbreak, reported 134 new cases on Wednesday, up 19 from the previous day’s 115, taking the total to 67,466. The death toll rose to 2,902, with 31 new deaths added, down six from the previous day’s 37, according to the Hubei Health Commission.

The nationwide number of new infections outside Hubei was five yesterday, up one from the previous day’s four. Of the total 80,409 confirmed cases, around 65% have left hospital, with over 2,000 discharged on Wednesday alone, according to the National Health Commission.

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1. A pet dog in Hong Kong has contracted the COVID-19 from its infected owner, health authorities confirmed on Wednesday, which has likely become the first reported case of human-to-animal transmission. SCMP.

2. Small businesses in Hong Kong, including education service providers, pet shops and laundry stores, are calling for HK$6 billion of government aid to the virus-hit industries, which did not benefit from an earlier relief package. SCMP.

3. As hundreds of Hongkongers are flying home from Hubei on four government-chartered flights, more than 2,000 city residents are still stuck there. Some said they were running low on food and demanded the government take them home. SCMP.

4. Foshan’s property market slumped in January and February amid sluggish demand during the coronavirus outbreak, with traded floor area and number of transactions dropping by 52% and 36% year-on-year, respectively.

5. Guangdong’s agricultural sector has largely resumed operations, plunging into spring ploughing with a heavy reliance on agricultural machinery. Nanfang Daily.

6. Shenzhen’s Customs authorities have put the city’s certification service entirely online, which avoids any human contact during procedures. This has led to the processing of 21,000 copies of certificate of origin in February alone.

7. Shenzhen’s metro network has seen a sharp increase in traffic as the city gets back to work, with its numbers of passengers on Tuesday rising by 52% week-on-week to 1.76 million. The average number in February was only at one-ninth of the amount for the same period last year.

8. Online delivery orders have surged in Shenzhen’s business areas of Futian and Nanshan, where high-rise office buildings are clustered, showing signs that an increasing number of staff at the tech companies are back to work.

9. The coronavirus outbreak is speeding up the pace of international companies fleeing China, adding to the chilling impact of rising labour costs and trade war, as management realizes they have been too reliant on the country. It’s easier said than done, however, as some are lacking diversification strategies. SCMP.

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