Coronavirus update: ups and downs

Guangdong added 7 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, five of which were in Guangzhou, 1 in Shenzhen and 1 in Shantou. Six cases were imported from overseas and one was associated. No new asymptomatic case was confirmed. Three cases were discharged. Among the 138 cases still in hospital (127 imported), 39 were light, 83 normal, 3 severe, and 3 critical, according to the Guangdong Health Commission.

Hong Kong confirmed 43 new cases today, up from 37 the previous day, taking the city’s total number to 845 (173 discharged), according to the Centre for Health Protection. 

Across the rest of the country, 29 new imported cases were reported, according to the National Health Commission. There were 2 local cases, in Liaoning and Guangdong. Asymptomatic cases dropped to 1,027, as 101 were released from monitoring and 12 new cases were reported.

Related Covid-19 news:

  1. The global coronavirus pandemic could be under control by the end of this month, Zhong Nanshan says. But he doesn’t know if it will come back again next spring. SCMP.
  2. Hong Kong’s own epidemiological expert, Gabriel Leung, begs to differ, saying the outbreak will take months, not weeks, to beat. SCMP.
  3. As many as 1,200 bars and pubs in Hong Kong will close for two weeks under a government order. Restaurants serving alcohol, however, have no problem. SCMP.
  4. The epidemiologist who ordered the original lockdown in Wuhan and Hubei has given several interviews in which she describes how it all happened, and especially how sudden and controversial the decision was. SCMP.
  5. Peter Navarro, the controversial trade adviser to US President Donald Trump, has vowed “never again” to allow the US to be dependent on other countries for medical supplies. (A substantial part of China’s medical supplies to the US are from Guangdong.) SCMP.
  6. Stories are emerging of US states, cities, and sometimes corporations circumventing the US federal government in securing medical supplies from China. One example is the New England Patriots, whose owner sent the team’s plane to Shenzhen to pick up more than 1.7 million N95 masks. This was after the state’s previous shipment of 3 million masks was seized by federal agents in New York. NBC.

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