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Factbox: China's fight against novel coronavirus outbreak

(Xinhua)    09:03, March 23, 2020

BEIJING, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Here are the latest developments on the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in China:

-- Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality reported an imported COVID-19 case on Sunday. The patient was studying in Spain before returning to China on March 18, and is receiving treatment. Close contacts are under medical observation.

-- Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province will continue to donate medical supplies to cities in 16 countries to help fight the coronavirus. The supplies include masks, protective overalls and disinfectants. It donated such supplies to eight cities in four countries previously.

Meanwhile, the provincial capital Guangzhou has donated 300,000 masks and 200 thermometers to five Italian cities. The supplies are expected to arrive on Sunday.

-- Central China's Hubei Province on Sunday launched week-long training for medics, focusing on staff from local disease prevention and control centers, hospitals and health centers.

Seasoned experts will hold a variety of training sessions to enhance the medics' skills to win the battle against the epidemic. About 536,000 textbooks will be given out to the medics.

-- Medical supplies donated by central China's Henan Province went to Luxembourg by air on Sunday. The materials include 4,500 protective clothes, 500,000 surgical masks, 5,700 N95 masks, 100,000 pairs of gloves, 600 thermometers, 20,000 hand sanitizers and 1,080 pairs of protective goggles. The supplies are worth more than 2.5 million yuan (352,400 U.S. dollars).

-- Beijing reported 13 new confirmed COVID-19 cases from other countries on Saturday, bringing the total number of imported cases in the capital fo 97. Five of the new cases reported were from Britain, five from Spain, two from France and one from Austria.

-- The public need to go through real-name registration for taking public transportation or taxis in Wuhan. The requirement is part of a work plan issued Sunday by the bureau of transportation of the city. It applies to buses, ferries, trams, subways and taxis that have resumed operations.

-- Crayfish in large quantities is being transported across the country from the Hubei city of Qianjiang. On the first day, locals have sold more than 400 tonnes of crayfish.

-- A total of 46 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland were reported on Saturday, of which 45 were imported from abroad.

-- Also on Saturday, six deaths and 45 new suspected cases were reported on the mainland with five of the deaths reported in Hubei Province.

-- The overall confirmed cases on the mainland had reached 81,054 by the end of Saturday, including 72,244 patients who had been discharged after recovery, and 3,261 people who died of the disease.

-- South China's Guangdong on Sunday reported the province's first indigenous COVID-19 case infected by a patient recently returned from overseas.

-- Museums across China were asked to collect and preserve representative mementos to record the country's battle against the COVID-19 epidemic.

-- The Beijing municipal government has required strengthened nucleic acid testing (NAT) of the COVID-19 for people arriving in the city from other countries.

-- Chinese experts in traditional Chinese and western medicines have shared their experience via video call in treating COVID-19 patients with peers from Italy, the United States, Belgium, Japan and the World Health Organization.

-- The city of Huanggang, one of the hard-hit cities in the epidemic-stricken Hubei Province, has been resuming routine operation of public transport in an orderly manner.

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Web editor: He Zhuoyan, Bianji)

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