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Chongqing NCP Update: 486 Confirmed Cases Reported, Aerosol Transmission not Proved Yet

Feb 11,2020 ByYULING CHENICHONGQING
  • The overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland had reached 42,638 by the end of February 10. A total of 1,016 people had died of novel coronavirus infection, and altogether 3,996 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery.

  • China’s new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus pneumonia outside Hubei Province has been dropping for seven consecutive days.
  • Wuhan aims to finish testing all suspected cases of novel coronavirus infection in the city by Tuesday.
  • As of Monday midnight, Chongqing had reported a total of 486 confirmed cases with 36 severe cases, 22 critical cases, two deaths, and 66 discharged patients.

  • The Chongqing Municipal Health Commission issued the Technical Guide for the Prevention and Control of Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia After Production and Work Resumption (Trial) to strengthen the technical guidance for enterprises.

  • An additional municipal medical team of 159 members left Chongqing on Tuesday to assist Xiaogan, Hubei province, to fight against the epidemic.
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A staff member is demonstrating how to disinfect before entering the factory. (Photo by Zhu Ting)

Chongqing– As of 24:00 local time on February 10, Chongqing had reported a total of 486 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP), according to the Chongqing Municipal Health Commission Tuesday. There are 36 severe cases, 22 critical cases, two deaths, and 66 discharged patients. A total of 16,532 people who had close contacts with NCP patients have been traced, 9,650 people have been released from medical observation, and 6,882 people are under medical scrutiny.

An additional municipal medical team of 159 members left Chongqing on Tuesday to assist Xiaogan, Hubei Province, to fight against the epidemic. That was also the sixth medial team dispatched by Chongqing to Hubei Province. As of now, a total of 300 medical personnel have been dispatched to Xiaogan, a paired city of Chongqing Municipality, to assist. Including Chongqing, 19 provincial-level areas nationwide are paired with 16 cities, prefectures, and county-level cities in Hubei apart from the capital city of Wuhan in the battle against the novel coronavirus.

On average, the number of close contacts with each confirmed patient has increased significantly. Starting from February 1, dental clinics in Chongqing have temporarily suspended routine dental clinic services. Still, they have retained oral emergency medical services such as acute toothache, dental trauma, oral and maxillofacial trauma, and infections.

As of February 9, a total of 153 green channels have been opened in Chongqing’s expressway network, and a total of 584 electronic green passes have been granted, including 123 cross-provincial ones.  Altogether 5,251 tons of medical emergency supplies, living necessities, and other essential materials have accessed quick passage.

Technical guide for epidemic prevention and control after production and work resumption

The Chongqing Municipal Health Commission issued the Technical Guide for the Prevention and Control of Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia After Production and Work Resumption (Trial) to strengthen the technical guidance for enterprises, according to Monday’s press conference on epidemic prevention and control.

First of all, it is necessary to check in advance, “one person, one file” management is implemented to trace the health status of returning employees.  Eligible workers coming back to work should not leave the factory area, dormitory, or designated areas within 14 days.  Secondly, enterprises are required to set up temporary isolation points to strengthen epidemic prevention and control, implement measures from the aspects of such as protection preparation, ventilation, and disinfection, dining management.

The transmission of novel coronavirus through aerosol is not clarified yet

According to Monday’s press conference,  the transmission of novel coronavirus through aerosol has not clarified yet.  In general, work and life, the keys to epidemic and control are to wear a mask and reduce close contact, facilitate proper ventilation, and wash hands frequently. 

Droplet and contact transmissions are significant routes that have been made clear so far. Theoretically, the virus could be transmitted to vegetables and fruits through droplets and direct contacts. But the survival time will not be too long, and it can be killed by hot water, soap, and high-temperature heating.  In addition, the possibility of transmission through takeaways and parcels is very low. Everyone should wear a mask when fetching takeaways.  Remember to remove the outer packaging in time, as well as wash and disinfect your hands.

China’s National Health Commission said Tuesday that the overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland had reached 42,638 by the end of Monday, noting that a total of 1,016 people had died of the disease and that altogether 3,996 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery. By the end of Monday, 42 confirmed cases, including one death, had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), ten confirmed cases in the Macao SAR and 18 in Taiwan. One patient in Macao and one in Taiwan have been discharged from hospital after recovery.

China’s new confirmed cases of NCP outside Hubei Province has been dropping for seven consecutive days, according to the NHC. The numbers of new confirmed cases in these provinces from February 3 to 9 were 890, 731, 707, 696, 558, 509, and 444.

Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, aims to finish testing all suspected cases of novel coronavirus infection in the city by Tuesday, Ma Guoqiang, Wuhan’s Party secretary said at a press conference Monday. Wuhan will improve detection efficiency, add more hospital beds, and speed up the admission of patients. Severely ill patients suspected of infection are expected to be arranged to non-designated hospitals for treatment and quarantine.

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