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China has fewer new coronavirus infections, starts posting tally of symptom-free cases

 

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People practise social distancing as they queue to enter a supermarket, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Beijing, China March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

 

BEIJING (Reuters) - China reported dwindling new infections on Wednesday in the global coronavirus pandemic and started to publish the daily change in cases that are free of symptoms, although the latter could complicate the picture of trends in the disease.

 

Almost all of Tuesday’s 36 new cases involved arrivals from overseas, the National Health Commission said, down from 48 a day earlier, and taking total infections to 81,554.

 

But that figure excludes 130 new sufferers of the highly contagious disease who do not show symptoms, statistics from the health authority showed.

 

Some other countries include cases that test positive for the virus but display no symptoms in the tally of confirmed cases, in line with advice from the World Health Organization.

 

China must “build a solid line of defence against the risks of overseas epidemic”, and allow no loopholes, President Xi Jinping said in comments published on Wednesday.

 

In his remarks during a visit to the eastern province of Zhejiang, Xi also urged better management of symptom-free cases.

 

Users of Chinese social media have expressed fear that carriers with no symptoms could be spreading the virus unknowingly, especially as authorities ease curbs on travel for previous hotspots in the epidemic, now that infections have subsided.

 

Last week, WHO epidemiologist Maria van Kerkhove told a conference in Geneva that symptomatic patients were the main drivers of transmission in the majority of cases, while most of those classified as asymptomatic developed symptoms a few days after diagnosis.

 

But China has now decided to devote greater screening to asymptomatic sufferers and those in contact with them.

 

By Tuesday, 1,367 asymptomatic cases were under observation, down from 1,541 the previous day, the National Health Commission said.

 

Seven deaths from the virus were reported on Tuesday, up from just one the day before. All but one were in the central province of Hubei, where the outbreak began late last year.

 

A single new local infection was reported in the southern province of Guangdong.

 

Although the tally of imported cases, at 806, is just a small fraction of overall cases, authorities fearing a second wave of infection have barred entry to most foreigners and ordered tougher checks on citizens returning from abroad.

 

HUBEI AND WUHAN RESURGENCE

 

Life in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, the epicentre of the now global pandemic, is slowly returning to normal as the government eases a more than two-month-long lockdown.

 

In Hubei, 93.8% of companies have resumed operation while in Wuhan 85.4% are back in business, Hubei’s National Development and Reform Commissions (NDRC) vice director Xie Gaobo said at a news briefing on Wednesday.

 

Xie added that for the next stage, the focus be on studying measures that can help companies return to full capacity. Business surveys this week showed domestic demand remains weak and export orders are plunging as more countries impose strict lockdowns and other anti-virus measures.

 

Meanwhile, China also is taking further steps to support hard hit small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

 

The bar for loan applications from small start-ups will be lowered, the vice president of People’s Bank of China (PBOC) Wuhan branch Wang Bing said, adding that these enterprises can apply for up to 3 million yuan ($423,000) of credit.

 

“For virus-hit SMEs, repayment on loans and interests can be delayed till June 30,” Wang added.

 

As of March 31, banks in Hubei have issued 30.299 billion yuan in cheap loans to such companies, he said.

 

Hubei, which will see 450,000 fresh graduates this year, has the “relatively heavy” task of safeguarding employment, the vice director of Hubei’s Department of Education, Zhang Jinyuan, said.

 

Zhang added that online recruitment was being rolled out, state-owned enterprises and SMEs were being encouraged to hire more Hubei graduates and rules were being drafted to attract more graduates into the army.

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2020-04-01
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Dont believe anything any governments say. None of them.

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4 hours ago, Ireland32 said:

Commie Lies 

maybe.  but can you prove anything in the above article is a lie?

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I believe the Chinese have been very untruthful about the numbers they have been publishing.

Xi Jinping tried to cover up the pandemic until it was too late.

Evidently, the death toll is a lot higher than what is claimed:

 

https://www.businessinsider.com/wuhan-residents-say-chinese-government-coronavirus-death-toll-is-low-2020-3

 

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/02/03/wuhan-coronavirus-coverup-lies-chinese-officials-xi-jinping/

 

I would not trust any reports that comes out of China...

 

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3 hours ago, flyingtlger said:

I would not trust any reports that comes out of China...

 

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That implies that you do trust reports of the virus coming from the West. It's been demonstrated repeatedly that the Italian, Spanish, UK and other countries numbers are underestimating the number of infections because of pitifully low levels of testing. So why would you believe them, any more than China?

All governments distort the facts to suit their own agendas. Fact.

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May I add from Chinese sources, there're 2 types of asymptomatic cases: 

1. Those recovered from symptoms but still retain weak positive. Their immunity system already had antibodies and kicked in high gear, thus virus unable to reproduce in numbers, the danger of infect others is abysmal. Also they're still monitored and traced

 

( I think it's possible some have weak health contidtion may develop symptoms again, but so far can't find any solid case nor articles bar speculation )

 

2. Those infected but show no symptoms all follow full monitoring and trace( for at least 2 weeks, then test twice for negative ) and as soon as one may develop symptom, would be count as confirmed case.

 

3. They're proactively testing to find asymptomatic carriers, include all those have contact history, geological vicinity, travel record etc.

 

Also in most hospitals voluntary-test without symptoms are not free-of-charge anymore, but still relatively cheap ~500CNY( 2300THB ), and COVID-test is mandatory for anyone attending hospital for any reason. 

 

4. Jia county from Henan province just reported a case maybe infected from asymptomatic carrier, and entire town and nearby hub city entered full quarantine mode in minutes, all contact history are immediately traced enters quarantine. I wouldn't say China is free from second wave, but if there's any they surely can and will act FAST. 

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5 hours ago, flyingtlger said:

I believe the Chinese have been very untruthful about the numbers they have been publishing.

Xi Jinping tried to cover up the pandemic until it was too late.

Evidently, the death toll is a lot higher than what is claimed:

 

https://www.businessinsider.com/wuhan-residents-say-chinese-government-coronavirus-death-toll-is-low-2020-3

 

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/02/03/wuhan-coronavirus-coverup-lies-chinese-officials-xi-jinping/

 

I would not trust any reports that comes out of China...

 

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Seen alot "I believe" "I would not trust" "I think" "they must" "surely they did" "they probably" recently

 

I've seen US residents say earth is flat or 911 is gov conspiracy, actually alot of them. But if media platform report as that without solid evidence or reasoning, it'll be bluntantly smearing beyond doubt. 

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………………...pants on fire!

 

 

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Looks like the CCP is at the fact hiding again... 

already on the television News there's the announcement broken out from behind the bamboo curtain;

 - that already at least one Province has returned itself to total lockdown 

 

especially after everyone has gone back out to the wild animal markets...

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49 minutes ago, tifino said:

Looks like the CCP is at the fact hiding again... 

already on the television News there's the announcement broken out from behind the bamboo curtain;

 - that already at least one Province has returned itself to total lockdown 

 

especially after everyone has gone back out to the wild animal markets...

I couldn't find that about the province returning itself to total lockdown. Got a source for that?

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34 minutes ago, bristolboy said:

I couldn't find that about the province returning itself to total lockdown. Got a source for that?

I saw it on the Aust National CH7 News bulletin

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