Coronavirus update: Recoveries climbing

Guangdong added one new infection of COVID-19 yesterday in Dongguan, as recoveries in the province rose to 919, with 46 discharged on Thursday alone. That leaves only 429 under treatment, according to the Guangdong Health Commission. 

In Hong Kong, two new cases were confirmed on Thursday, while two new recoveries took the total number of discharged to 26, leaving 67 under treatment, according to the city’s Centre for Health Protection. The death toll in the GBA remains at nine.

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  1. Hubei, epicentre of the outbreak, reported 318 new cases yesterday, the second-lowest increase in a month, taking the total to 65,914. The death toll rose to 2,682, with 41 new deaths added, up 15 from the previous day’s 26, according to the Hubei Health Commission. 
  2. The nationwide number of new infections outside Hubei returned to single digits again, at nine, after the slight increase of the previous day’s 15. The death toll rose to 2,788, with 44 new deaths reported, 41 in Hubei. Of the total 78,824 infections, around 46% have been discharged, according to the National Health Commission.
  3. The pet dog of a Hong Kong COVID-19 patient has tested “weak positive” for the virus strain, but the government said there was no evidence suggesting the possibility of transmission through pets. SCMP.
  4. COVID-19 is rapidly escalating in Asia, as South Korea, the second most-infected country, surpassed China in the number of new infections in a single day, adding 505 new cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 1766. SCMP.
  5. The global economy may be heading for its worst performance since the financial crisis in 2009 as the coronavirus outbreak hammers supply chains, tourism and trade, American economists say, reversing earlier expectations of a swift rebound. Bloomberg.
  6. China’s internet giant Baidu is expecting lower revenues, a decline of up to 13% year-on-year, for the first quarter of 2020 over concerns caused by the COVID-19 epidemic. Caixin.
  7. Shenzhen’s import and export industry has seen over 42% of enterprises resumed operations as of Thursday, while for those with over 100 million yuan of trade volumes, the percentage is over 90%.
  8. In Dongguan’s Songshan Lake high-tech district, one of the ten cores laid out by the GBA’s blueprint of Science and Technology Innovation Corridor, as many as 170 out of the 174 enterprises above designated size (revenues above 20 million yuan) have resumed operation as of Tuesday, with approximately 69% of staff back to work.
  9. Foshan has resumed the construction of all of its five major ongoing transport projects as of Thursday, after they were halted by the coronavirus outbreak. The city’s Metro Line 2 is expected to finish construction by the year end and start operation a year later, bringing closer link between Foshan and the neighbouring Guangzhou. Guangzhou Daily.

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