A type of atypical pneumonia that appeared in six cities of south China's Guangdong province has been brought under control, with no cases reported since Monday.
According to press conferences held by the Guangdong and Guangzhou governments, local governments at various levels have taken emergency measures to control the prices of isatis root, vinegar and other related anti-virus medicines, which saw soaring prices due to their effectiveness in curing this disease.
Supplementary medicines have also been brought in from other parts of the nation. Many local grocery stores already had adequate vinegar supply with the price falling to normal Wednesday morning.
All schools, colleges and universities within the province will begin their terms on Feb. 17 as scheduled. The local educational department has laid out specific protection measures.
Though residents are not as immersed in anxious discussions on the epidemic as several days before, experts suggest children as well as the aged and weak should not linger in populous places.
Recently, subways, buses, parks and stores appeared almost deserted with visitors down by nearly half in Guangzhou.
By press time, Guangdong discovered altogether 305 patients infected with atypical pneumonia and reported five deaths. The cause of the disease is still under investigation.