Patients infected with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) rest at a temporary hospital converted from Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, Feb. 17, 2020. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)
BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- China has stepped up efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Here are the latest developments:
-- Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, has put 12 temporary hospitals into operation, the city's epidemic prevention and control headquarters said Wednesday.
-- Two more hospitals under the control of military medics have been put into use Wednesday in Wuhan.
So far, the armed forces have dispatched more than 4,000 healthcare professionals to support Hubei in the fight against the epidemic outbreak.
-- The COVID-19 epidemic in Hubei has been gradually brought under control, said an official with the National Health Commission (NHC).
The daily count of newly cured and discharged cases in Hubei, excluding the capital city of Wuhan, has exceeded the number of newly confirmed cases for four consecutive days as of Wednesday, said NHC spokesperson Mi Feng.
He also noted that the number of newly confirmed cases has decreased significantly since Feb. 13 in areas besides Wuhan, and the increase in the cumulative number of confirmed cases has remained flat.
-- The novel coronavirus can be transmitted when someone was exposed to high concentrations of aerosol in a relatively closed environment for a long time, health authorities said.
The respiratory droplets and close contact transmission are the major routes of the coronavirus infection, according to the latest version of the diagnosis and treatment plan issued by the National Health Commission and National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine on Wednesday.
-- About 37 percent of Shanghai's street vendors had resumed businesses by Tuesday, local authorities said Wednesday. The financial hub has about 245,000 such vendors.
Shanghai has taken a variety of measures to prevent coronavirus infection.
An express collector from a branch of China Post disinfects an express delivery van in Urumqi, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Feb. 16, 2020. (Xinhua/Ding Lei)
-- China's courier sector has resumed over 40 percent of its normal delivery capacity with over 2 million deliverymen racing against the ongoing epidemic.
Some 112 million parcels were collected by deliverymen Monday, while more than 80 million were delivered, data from the State Post Bureau showed.
The country's major courier firms resumed services on Feb. 10 after an extended Spring Festival holiday due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
-- East China's Jiangsu Province released a slew of measures Tuesday, including tax cuts and financial support, to help film-related businesses weather the novel coronavirus epidemic.
Jiangsu has nearly 1,000 cinemas across the province, with box office sales reaching about 6 billion yuan in 2019.
-- Shanghai reported no new confirmed case of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, the municipal health commission said Wednesday.
By the midnight of Tuesday, a total of 333 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection were reported in Shanghai, with 173 male patients and 160 females, aging from seven months to 88 years old.
-- China reported 1,749 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection and 136 deaths on Tuesday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.
Among the deaths, 132 were in Hubei Province and one in Heilongjiang, Shandong, Guangdong and Guizhou, respectively. Another 1,185 new suspected cases were reported Tuesday.
The overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland had reached 74,185 by the end of Tuesday, and 2,004 people had died of the disease.
-- By the end of Tuesday, 62 confirmed cases including one death had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), 10 confirmed cases in the Macao SAR, and 22 in Taiwan including one death.
An 83-year-old cured patient gestures as she leaves the Leishenshan (Thunder God Mountain) Hospital in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, Feb. 18, 2020. Leishenshan Hospital, a makeshift hospital built in Wuhan amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Tuesday saw its first two cured patients. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)
-- China's daily number of newly recovered novel coronavirus patients has surpassed that of new confirmed infections for the first time.
Tuesday saw 1,824 people walk out of hospital after recovery, higher than the same day's number of new confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus, which was 1,749.
A total of 14,376 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery by the end of Tuesday.
-- China's daily new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus pneumonia outside Hubei, the epicenter province of the outbreak, have since Feb. 3 dropped for 15 consecutive days. A total of 56 new confirmed cases were reported on Tuesday outside Hubei.
-- Hubei Province, center of the novel coronavirus outbreak, reported 1,693 new confirmed cases and 132 new deaths Tuesday. The latest report brought the total confirmed cases in the hard-hit province to 61,682. Wuhan, the provincial capital, recorded a total of 44,412 confirmed cases.
-- China has released a circular requiring strengthened medical treatment and management of patients with severe mental disorders during the novel coronavirus epidemic. ■