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Latest developments in epidemic control on April 9 (1)

Updated: Apr 09,2020 07:38 AM    Xinhua

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

— China has made all-out efforts to ensure the production and supply of key drugs against COVID-19. The country's daily production capacity of Chloroquine Phosphate can meet the demand of 100,000 people.

Daily production capacity of another drug, Arbidol, can meet the demand of 50,000 people. The daily production capacity of Favipiravir can meet the demand of 15,500 people.

— China is expanding exports of medical supplies to help with the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with rising production capacity basically meeting domestic demand.

As of April 5, the daily production capacity of medical protective suits had topped 1.5 million, with that of N95 face masks over 3.4 million, Cao Xuejun, an official with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, told a press conference.

— As of April 7, procuratorial organs across China have prosecuted 926 suspects from 881 cases related to fraud amid COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control period. The procuratorial organs have approved the arrest of 1,675 suspects in 1,588 fraud-related cases.

— More than 350,000 companies in China had obtained loans at preferential rates by late March as the country stepped up targeted financial support for businesses hit by COVID-19.

More than a half of the 300-billion-yuan (about $42.6 billion) re-lending loan quota previously earmarked for anti-virus efforts went to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.

— China's postal industry has basically returned to its normal capacity. By the end of March, 99.7 percent of major delivery companies' outlets in the country had reopened for business.

In Hubei, the province hit hardest by COVID-19, around 93 percent of major delivery enterprises' employees had returned to work, and 93.55 percent of delivery outlets had resumed operation by the noon of April 7.

— The first batch of 866 people stranded in virus-hit Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, has arrived in Beijing by a train on April 8 after Wuhan lifted its outbound travel restrictions on the same day.

Starting on April 8, around 1,000 stranded people are expected to return to Beijing from Wuhan each day via train or car, said Chen Bei, deputy secretary-general of the Beijing municipal government.

— Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region gradually reopened universities and colleges starting from April 8 as the outbreak wanes in the country.

— China internet giant Tencent will expand its number of employees in Wuhan to 4,000 in the next three years, quadrupling the current level, the company said late April 7.

— Chinese health authority said on April 8 it received reports of 62 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland on April 7, of which 59 were imported.

Two deaths were reported on April 7, with one in Shanghai and the other in Hubei province. A total of 12 new suspected cases, 11 imported ones and one in Guangdong, were reported on the mainland.

— The overall confirmed cases on the mainland had reached 81,802 by April 7, including 1,190 patients who were still being treated, 77,279 patients who had been discharged after recovery, and 3,333 people who died of the disease.

— Also on April 7, 137 new asymptomatic COVID-19 cases were reported on the mainland, including 102 imported ones. A total of 1,095 asymptomatic cases were still under medical observation, including 358 from abroad.

— China has brought the number of coronavirus patients in serious condition to a new low. There were fewer than 200 local patients on the Chinese mainland who remained in severe or critical condition as of April 7.

— No new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease, and one death were reported on April 7 in Central China's Hubei province.

— With long lines of cars streaming through expressway toll gates and passengers boarding trains, the megacity of Wuhan in central China started lifting outbound travel restrictions from April 8 after almost 11 weeks of lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19.

— Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan has demanded relentless efforts in COVID-19 response to prevent a resurgence of the outbreak as the hard-hit city of Wuhan lifted its 76-day lockdown.