Guangdong added six new cases yesterday, 5 of which were in Guangzhou and one in Shenzhen, while 24 new asymptomatic cases were reported in Guangzhou. Four cases were discharged. Among the 94 cases still in hospital (61 imported), 17 were light, 73 normal, 3 severe, and 1 critical. (Data: Guangdong Health Commission)
Hong Kong confirmed 4 new cases today, taking its total to 1,017 (459 discharged), according to the Centre for Health Protection. Here is a Covid-19 tracker, which lists all currently hospitalized cases, with travel history.
Across the rest of the country, 15 new imported cases were reported, according to the National Health Commission. There were 11 local cases, 5 of which were in Guangdong, 3 in Liaoning, 2 in Shandong and 1 in Liaoning. Asymptomatic cases remained at 1,038, as 50 were released from monitoring and 10 new cases were reported.
- Researchers investigating the origin of the coronavirus have analysed a large number of strains from around the world and calculated that the initial outbreak occurred in a window between September 13 and December 7 – and likely came from Guangdong, not Wuhan. “The virus may have mutated into its final ‘human-efficient’ form months ago, but stayed inside a bat or other animal or even human for several months without infecting other individuals,” University of Cambridge geneticist Peter Forster said. “Then, it started infecting and spreading among humans between September 13 and December 7, generating the network we present.” SCMP.
- Wuhan has revised upward its official death toll from the coronavirus outbreak by 50%, citing missed deaths at the start of the outbreak. It added 1,290 deaths, bringing the total to 3,869, while also raising confirmed cases upward by 325, bringing the total to 50,333. Caixin.
- China’s economy shrank by 6.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2020, the first contraction since the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976, confirming the economic damage done by the coronavirus pandemic. SCMP.
- China’s airlines are poised for a bout of “revenge travelling” in the coming weeks, as soaring reservations ahead of the annual Labour Day holiday and demand by residents returning home from quarantines helped them recover 40 per cent of their traffic. “Chinese carriers are hoping that they could make a breakthrough on the Labour Day holiday,” said the Institute for Aviation Research’s founder and president Lei Zheng, adding that airlines do tend to make seasonal scheduling adjustments. “If they have decent recovery during May, then they can be well-prepared for summer, one of the two most profitable seasons other than the Lunar New Year.” SCMP.
- Lawmakers from across the political spectrum in Hong Kong have urged officials to offer a wider array of support measures for workers and businesses, saying many would miss out despite the government’s massive proposed HK$137 billion relief package. SCMP.