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Latest developments in epidemic control on March 30 (1)

Updated: Mar 30,2020 06:59 AM    Xinhua

BEIJING — Here are the latest developments on the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in China:

— Noting that 693 imported cases from 42 countries have been reported by the end of March 28, Mi Feng, a spokesperson for the National Health Commission, said the possibility of the epidemic spreading remains relatively high on the Chinese mainland.

Mi added that local transmission of COVID-19 has been basically blocked, with the number of existing domestic cases having dropped below 3,000.

— Medical experts from the Union Hospital affiliated to Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan held a video conference with their counterparts in State University of New York Upstate Medical University on March 28, sharing experience of COVID-19 prevention and treatment.

— Hubei has realized complete disposal of its previous medical waste and wastewater, and achieved total treatment of newly-added waste within 24 hours.

— A total of 7,098 people who work or live in Beijing took 12 high-speed trains back to the capital from March 25 to March 28, after the lockdown of Hubei was lifted.

— The Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation announced on March 29 donations of essential medical supplies to seven more countries, namely Azerbaijan, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

The Fosun Foundation, based in Shanghai, also donated a batch of face masks to two hospitals in Sardegna, Italy this week, in response to a local doctor's call for support in mid-March.

— The Chinese mainland reported 45 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on March 28, 44 of which were imported and one domestic case in Henan province. Five deaths and 28 new suspected cases were reported on the mainland, with all the deaths in Hubei province.

— The overall confirmed cases on the mainland had reached 81,439 by the end of March 28, including 75,448 patients who had been discharged after recovery, and 3,300 people who died of the disease.

— Wuhan continued to report no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on March 28.

— Domestic passenger flights resumed operations on March 29 in Hubei except for Wuhan, with cargo flights restoring operations in all airports across the province.

— Wuhan on March 28 reopened its subway and railway station following more than two months of suspension.

— A China-Europe freight train carrying medical supplies, among others, left Wujiashan railway container center station in Wuhan at 10:00 am on March 28, heading for Germany, which marked the service resumption of China-Europe freight trains in the city.

— Hubei had removed all 1,450 highway checkpoints, except 51 others in Wuhan, to lift outbound traffic curbs as of March 27.