Enterprises reopened in major Chinese cities

EYEAFRICA TV: Beijing, China: Businesses and enterprises along major streets in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou have reopened after adopting strict measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic.

Shanghai reported that more than 91,000 shops along major streets have reopened by Feb18, 37 percent of the total 245,000 shops.

To prevent the spread of the epidemic, all the shops asked customers to wear face masks and take body temperatures and the shops do in-house disinfecting three times a day.

A wonton shop started service on Feb 20, but providing take-away service only. It has set up a special counter at the door way for customers to take away package without making contact with the shop assistant.

“It is the first day for us to reopen services. Our shop assistants just came out of quarantine period the day before yesterday. So we came yesterday to disinfect the shop. At present our company does not allow us to offer eat-in service in order to avoid making close contact with the customers. So we are only offering take-away or self-help service,” said Luo Xiangyang, manager of the shop.

In south China’s Guangdong Province, more than half of the major enterprises have resumed production and many of them produce supplies for fighting the epidemic.

In the province, most of enterprises in such areas as medical care, protective and sanitary goods, high-tech and electronics, have resumed production.

Among them, DaAn Gene of Sun Yat-Sen University was one of China’s first developers of the nucleic acid test kit. After the novel coronavirus outbreak, it got the approval for production on January 28 and managed to increase its production capacity from 200,000 per day to half a million in less than one month.

“Based on the market demands, we can raise the daily output up to one million,” said Zhang Bin, deputy general manager of the company.

Other factories are also accelerating their output in order to support Wuhan.

Guangdong Sunwill Precising Plastic is one of Guangdong’s most renowned manufacturers of home appliances, and more than 80 percent of their 500-strong workforce, are now back at work.

The company donated its first batch of microwaves and sterilizers to hospitals in Wuhan, and its factory is also providing components for ventilation systems in the two Wuhan hospitals that were built within days.

In Beijing, the Economic-Technological Development Zone has applied a big data platform to effectively monitor the conditions of the people working and living in the area so as to help prevent the spread of the disease.

The companies and residents in the area could easily enter the system with the cellphone and report their information.

Then they will get a QR code, through which they can register their body temperatures and enter their communities or workplaces conveniently.

“So far, the system has collected the health condition of nearly 40,000 residents of all the communities in our area, as well as the real-time information of 1,098 big companies,” said Zhang Jun, deputy director of the Publicity and Culture Department, Beijing Economic and Technology Development Zone.

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