Guangdong added six new imported and three local COVID-19 cases yesterday. All except one (Foshan) were in Guangzhou and Shenzhen. (Data: Guangdong Health Commission)
Hong Kong confirmed three new cases today, taking the city’s total number to 1013 (434 discharged). (Data: Centre for Health Protection)
Across the rest of the country, 86 new imported and three local cases were reported yesterday. Asymptomatic cases dropped to 1,005, as 221 were released from monitoring and 137 new cases were reported. (Data: National Health Commission)
- Researchers have identified three main strains of the new coronavirus, which has mutated in order to spread globally. Tracing work has shown that the outbreaks in Asia, Europe and the US were distinct and that the virus had to adapt in order to overcome resistance as it moved between the different regions. SCMP.
- China will ease curbs on residency permits this year, in a boost to the economy post-Covid. This will allow cities to grow more quickly as they are able to recruit more migrant workers. Reuters.
- The eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang on Monday partially reopened schools, with a total of 977,000 senior students in junior and senior high schools resuming classes in classrooms, as the coronavirus epidemic wanes in China. Xinhua.
- China’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention should play a stronger role in raising the alarm over disease outbreaks, the country’s leading epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan said on Sunday. “The CDC should be granted certain powers, rather than merely being a technical unit to collect and report data,” Zhong said. SCMP.
- People entering Beijing who need to stay at hotels should hold a health certificate verifying a negative local nucleic acid test within seven days, as well as a health code to prove they are free of COVID-19. Xinhua.
- Hotel bookings for the upcoming May 1 holiday, which will last five days, have jumped strongly since the dates were announced last week, according to data from Qunar and Ctrip, China’s two biggest online travel agencies. Ifeng.
- China is set to become a more influential player in the world’s drug-making market as regulatory changes and a surge in investment in research triggered by the coronavirus outbreak give the country an advantage, according to Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical. SCMP.