EYEAFRICA TV: Beijing, China: China has seen a COVID-19 cure rate of 93.5 percent with more than 76,000 patients being discharged from hospitals overall, an official from China’s top health authority said on Wednesday, as the country continues to guard against imported infections and carefully monitor asymptomatic cases.
National Health Commission (NHC) spokesman Mi Feng announced at a press briefing in Beijing on Wednesday that 76,238 of China’s 81,554 total infections had successfully recovered, resulting in a 93.5 percent cure rate. Mi added that the country would “spare no effort” in treating those who remain critically ill as it continues its efforts to fully overcome the epidemic.
For the first time, Chinese health authorities also included symptom-free cases in its daily briefing on Wednesday, with a total of 1,367 asymptomatic cases being recorded, after 130 new cases were found on Tuesday.
According to Chang Jile, head of the disease control bureau under the NHC, asymptomatic patients refer to those who have no obvious clinical symptoms including fever, cough and sore throat, and can not be clinically recognized. However, the pathogenic detection results of their respiratory tract samples show positive, he said.
All the asymptomatic patients are confirmed through voluntary detection, mainly in four ways: medical observation on close contacts; investigation on cases resulting from gathering; tracing the sources of infections and detection of those who have traveled or were living in pandemic outbreak regions in and outside Chinese mainland.
Luo Huiming, head of epidemic analysis under a NHC experts’ team said that those who display no symptoms are being screened in communities where the risk of spread is higher, with those who test positive being swiftly quarantined within two hours.
“Generally speaking, the domestic situation is on a positive trend. Especially with the decreasing number of confirmed cases, the number of asymptomatic infections will drop as well, and so will our risk. If we closely control the spread, one by one, we will manage to control the outbreak and keep it at a certain low level,” said Luo.
Meanwhile, China continues to uphold its strict measures to safeguard against the threat of imported infections, with 35 of the 36 new confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland on Tuesday being imported from overseas.
The customs office at Dalian City in northwest China’s Liaoning Province has significantly increased its staff numbers as part of the ongoing epidemic control measures, with the city being a main port of entry for passengers from Japan and South Korea, two countries which have been hit hard by the COVID-19 epidemic.
Currently, Dalian receives 25 inbound flights every day, with 90 percent of the passengers coming from Japan and South Korea. The local customs office has now increased the number of frontline workers from 16 to 190, most of whom can speak both Japanese and Korean.
As the overall epidemic situation continues to ease across China, health services in the hardest-hit city of Wuhan are getting back to normal. Many hospitals across central China’s Hubei Province had to stop providing normal medical services to cope with the quickly escalating COVID-19 patient numbers during the initial outbreak, but as numbers dropped, local governments have been gradually looking to reopen health facilities to the general public.
As of Tuesday, 62 general and specialized hospitals in Wuhan have resumed a full range of medical services and reopened departments to patients suffering from various illnesses. Strict control measures remain in place, however, with online diagnoses being offered as an alternative to in-hospital treatment to avoid the risk of cross infections. Consultation rooms also have a limit of one patient and one doctor at a time as a precaution.
“The patients can seek medical advice, get their medicine and treatments over the Internet. If their problems cannot be solved online, they can come to the hospital for further treatment. We have also streamlined our medical service procedures, so as to minimize the time patients spend at the hospital,” said Xia Ping, deputy director of the Wuhan First Hospital.
Production activities are also continuing to pick up in Wuhan, with a number of positive developments on Tuesday as things return to normal.
Wuhan sold the first piece of land of the year, with a 12 hectare area in the Qingling Industrial Park of Hongshan District set to be used for industries in smart manufacturing, Internet of Things, and Big Data companies, which it is hoped will help the area boost its business recovery.
With the flood season approaching, workers have been racing against time to build a 24-meter-high, 4-kilometer long anti-flood structure in Wuhan’s Wuhang District. With Hubei playing an important role in flood prevention in the lower and middle stretches of the Yangtze River, all dyke projects on the Yangtze River and its tributary Hanjiang River in Hubei have now resumed work.