How cities fight the virus: highlights

Following are a collection of snippets from around the Greater Bay Area showing how each municipality is coming up with creative ideas to battle the coronavirus outbreak while at the same time getting the economy back to normal.


Each district has been given guidelines for deciding whether to allow dining-in establishments to resume normal operations. Nansha, Conghua, and Zengcheng are able to, so far, while the remainder must still require spacing between tables of no less than 1m, and at least one guest’s name and contact information at each table must be registered.


In just 20 days, a modern, high-level emergency courtyard was built on the slope next to the Third People’s Hospital of Shenzhen, providing 1,000 beds, including 800 negative-pressure beds and 16 ICU beds. In the past 20 days, there have been more than 80 participating units and 300 materials and equipment suppliers, nearly 500 sets of machinery and equipment and almost 10,000 people at work here, 24 hours a day.


All construction sites have been under strict control. Employees are inspected and registered, and their health status in the past 14 days are tracked. Construction firms have also been told to prioritize the use of employees who did not leave Zhuhai during the Spring Festival.


Foshan has built an “honesty incentive mechanism” to promote the resumption of work at construction sites. Those that do well in self-reporting their resumption rates and numbers of returning workers can build up a higher public profile and be given “integrity points” on their social credit rating scores.



Huizhou has established special service groups for employees returning from Yunnan, Guizhou, and Guangxi. These have subsidized their transportation costs, but also paid direct subsidies of up to 1,200 yuan per employee.


Commuting lines of the Dongguan Bus Company are ramping up again, providing direct point-to-point services for 1672 employees of eight companies in Songshan Lake Park. Intercity routes from Tianan Digital City in Fenggang to Qinghu Metro Station and Longhua Bus Station in Shenzhen are also running.


Primary, middle and high schools are preparing to resume classes in three batches, from graduating classes, to senior, to junior. The specific start time of each batch will be based on the epidemic situation. 


Jiangmen Hi-tech district has landed two major projects, with a total investment of 580 million yuan and about 400 million yuan, respectively, all done via online channels. Xinhui is working on a package of projects with a total investment amount of 6 billion yuan in a similar way.


The city government is focused on further increasing financial support for resumption of work, including preferential interest rate loans, extended repayments, loan extension and renewal loans, subsidies and discount policies.

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