Shanghai remains in virtual shutdown as China’s coronavirus death toll tops 1,000

UNTV News   •   February 11, 2020   •   221

Shanghai residents said on Tuesday (February 11) they were worried about the coronavirus deaths which have topped 1000, but were hopeful that the slowdown in the number of new infections meant that preventive measures were beginning to kick in.

By the end of Monday, 108 new deaths were reported, a daily record, bringing the total number of people killed in the country to 1,016, the National Health Commission said.

There were 2,478 new confirmed cases on the mainland on Monday, down from 3,062 on the previous day, bringing the total number of infected to 42,638.

Chinese cities have become virtual ghost towns after Communist Party rulers ordered lockdowns, canceled flights, and closed factories and schools.

President Xi Jinping said the government would prevent large-scale layoffs, Chinese state television reported. (Reuters)

(Production: Xihao Jiang)

Hukou Waterfalls scenic spot officially open to public amid epidemic

Jeck Deocampo   •   February 24, 2020

The spectacular Hukou Waterfalls, which sits on the border between north China’s Shanxi Province and northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, was officially open to the public on Monday after being closed for a month due to the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak.

Monday is the traditional “Dragon Head-raising Day”, which falls on the second day of the second month on the Chinese lunar calendar.

The dragon was traditionally regarded in China as the deity in charge of rain, a key element in ancient agriculture. Dragon Head-raising Day signals the start of ample rain for spring crops and is considered an auspicious day.

Affected by the melting snow in the upper reaches of the Yellow River, the Hukou Waterfalls has resumed its momentum of rushing and roaring after a winter. The huge volume of water rushing down in this section of the Yellow River forms a spectacular waterfall group. As the water flow is mixed with the rapid fall of sand, it has created deafening noise and immense water mist, forming a magnificent scene.

In order to effectively prevent and control the coronavirus epidemic and to ensure the safety of tourists, Hukou Waterfalls administrators will implement mandatory inspections and real-time control of the total number of tourists entering the scenic spot, and ask tourists to enter it in different periods of time.

“We have standardized the registration of our staff members who are back to work and formulated a detailed epidemic prevention work plan. We will let our staff have meals separately and have also purchased sufficient quantities of epidemic prevention materials,” said Dou Feng, head of the Communist Party Affairs Department at Hukou Waterfalls Culture and Tourism Co., Ltd.

To pay tribute to the front-line medical workers against the epidemic, the Hukou Waterfalls will be open to medical workers nationwide for free from Monday to the end of the year.

The Hukou Waterfall is the largest along the Yellow River and the second largest in China. Its name, which means “mouth of a kettle” in Chinese, derives from its resemblance to water pouring down from a huge kettle.

Three cured coronavirus patients donate plasma in Guangdong

UNTV News   •   February 21, 2020

Three cured coronavirus patients in south China’s Guangdong Province expressed their appreciation of beating the virus by being the first in their province to donate plasma as a treatment option for other infected patients on February 14.

Initial results have indicated the effectiveness of convalescent plasma-derived therapeutic products in curing infected patients in severe and critical conditions.

One of the donors is 48-year-old and was once in critical condition. After being cured, he found a way to give back.

“My country saved me, so I want to save more people,” said one of the donors.

The only female donor found this to be a great way to show her thanks to the medical staff that assisted in her recovery.

“People helped us a lot, so I want to give back to society. This is an important reason I donated my plasma,” said a female donor.

Based on the high demand of medical supplies to fight the coronavirus outbreak, the third donor saw a way to help his country fight against the epidemic.

“I think this is a way to contribute to society during the coronavirus outbreak,” said another young male donor.

CGTN via Reuters Connect

Blinds down, empty streets: virus-stricken Wuhan becomes ghost town

UNTV News   •   February 21, 2020

Streets in China’s Wuhan were deserted on Thursday (February 20) after nearly a month in lockdown following a coronavirus outbreak that has now infected some 75,000 people and killed about 2,100.

Most transport in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, has been suspended and citizens are required to stay at home.

After the city’s borders were closed on January 23 and all incoming and outgoing flights canceled, other nearby cities in Hubei province also implemented their own policies restricting the movement of people.

The lockdown now means residents cannot leave Wuhan, Huanggang, Ezhou and other cities in Hubei province. In other areas of China, such as Shanghai and Beijing, restrictions are in place for smaller communities, such as building blocks or neighborhoods.

Many cities across China have reduced public transport lines and routes, while few have closed inner-city public transport entirely.

Some communities have instituted curfews or only allow people to exit and enter at particular times. In other areas, restrictions mean only a certain number of people from a household can leave their residence at any one time.

China, where the virus emerged in December, reported a sharp drop in new cases but the data was partly attributable to a change in how it diagnoses the virus and the figures could not quell growing alarm about its spread.

China’s National Health Commission reported 1,749 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, the lowest daily rise since January 29, while Hubei province – the epicenter of the outbreak – reported the lowest number of new infections since February 11.

The latest figures bring the total number of cases in China to over 74,000 with 2,004 deaths, three-quarters of which have occurred in the Hubei provincial capital of Wuhan.

(Production: Thomas Suen, Fang Nanlin, Iona Serrapica)

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