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Mainland experts in Hong Kong to fight virus


2020-08-03 浏览

Seven virus testing professionals from the Chinese mainland arrived in Hong Kong on Sunday as the first batch of mainland supportive teams to help tackle a worsening spread of COVID-19.

The medical professionals, who will help with laboratory work, are members of a 60-strong nucleic acid testing team established recently at the request of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government for assistance in the battle against the epidemic.

Members of the team were selected from over 20 public hospitals in Guangdong Province. The head of the team used to lead the province’s supportive group in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province.

Guo Penghao, leader of the advance team, said they will start working with relevant departments and familiarizing themselves with testing facilities and procedures in preparation for the following large-scale nucleic acid testing.

The virus testing team and Hong Kong residents will win the battle against COVID-19, Guo said. “We are full of confidence.”

The National Health Commission promised continued efforts to mobilize medical resources from the mainland and send more support at any time based on the requirements of the HKSAR to combat COVID-19.

They came at a time of surging COVID-19 infections in Hong Kong, where medical resources were stretched to the limit and the virus testing capacity was not enough.

Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection reported 115 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the 12th consecutive day of more than 100 cases.

All of the newly reported cases are local infections, bringing Hong Kong’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 3,511.

Among the 115 cases, 79 cases are related to previously confirmed cases, while the sources of other 36 cases remained unknown, said Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the CHP’s Communicable Disease Branch.

As of 9am on Sunday, 1,107 confirmed patients are hospitalized, including 34 in critical condition and 71 in serious condition. The number of deaths from COVID-19 rose to 34.

Hong Kong has introduced a raft of measures including restricting gatherings to two people and mandating face masks in all outdoor public spaces. Chief executive Carrie Lam on Friday announced the postponement of the 2020 Legislative Council General Election by one year due to the current outbreak.
来源: Shanghai Daily  

Chinese mainland reports 43 new confirmed COVID-19 cases


2020-08-03 浏览

Chinese health authority said Monday that it received reports of 43 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Sunday, including seven imported cases and 36 locally-transmitted ones.

Twenty-eight of the 36 locally-transmitted cases were reported in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and eight in Liaoning Province, the National Health Commission said in its daily report.

Three new suspected COVID-19 cases, all imported, were reported in Shanghai Municipality.

No deaths related to the disease were reported Sunday.
来源: Shanghai Daily  

US hardest-hit state of California sees daily new COVID-19 cases surge over 9,000


2020-08-03 浏览

California, the hardest-hit state by COVID-19 in the United States, witnessed a surge of 9,032 newly-confirmed cases as of Saturday, the California Department of Public Health said Sunday.

With a population of around 40 million, the country's most populous state saw its confirmed cases pile up to a total number of over half a million, or 509,162, to date, the department said in a daily report.

Over the past 24-hour reporting period, 132 new COVID-19 deaths were recorded, bringing the state's fatalities to 9,356. With an increase of 149,388, there have been 8,035,975 tests conducted in California so far.

"As testing capacity continues to increase across the state, an increase in the number of positive cases has been expected -- increasing the importance of positivity rates to find signs of community spread," the authorities said in the report.

The 7-day average number of new cases is 7,929 per day. The 7-day average from the week prior was 9,852.

The number of confirmed cases in California surpassed New York State last week as the largest count in the United States.
来源: Shanghai Daily  

Restoring market vitality & confidence


2020-07-31 浏览

The Shanghai International Advertising Festival kicked off last week to spark a restart of the city’s major cultural events.Since the novel coronavirus pandemic hit China in January, almost all cultural events had been suspended. But now the lockdown has been eased and the city hopes to get back on its feet and open the door to many more cultural activities. The opening ceremony of the festival, which began on July 21, was held at the Bellagio Shanghai Hotel, on the North Bund waterfront in Hongkou District. It was the city’s first large-scale event in the advertising industry since the COVID-19 outbreak.The festival invited dozens of industrial leaders from all over the world to share opinions on new advertising trends.“The advertising sector is always deemed as a barometer of the economy,” Shanghai Vice Mayor Xu Kunlin said. “This year’s festival has a special meaning and is expected to help restore market vitality and confidence.”Hongkou is developing an advertisement and cultural innovation industry cluster at the Music Valley along the Hongkougang River. The cluster is being extended to Financial Street and the North Bund area to combine cultural innovation, scientific innovation and the fintech industries based on the 5G Innovation Harbor.Shanghai Music Valley welcomes a flood of travelers, tourists and locals on a daily basis keen to embrace its historical architecture, renovated buildings and the city’s unique ecosystem of rivers and canals.The valley in south of Hongkou, close to the Hailun Road Station of Metro Line 10, covers 280,000 square meters.The area, with three rivers stretching 1,200 meters and eight century-old bridges, is known for its historical buildings and an old lilong, first built in the 1840s. A lilong is a community of lane houses with narrow alleyways.One of the most famous historical buildings in this area is the 1933 Shanghai, also known as the Old Millfun. It was once home to the Shanghai Municipal Council Slaughterhouse, the largest abattoir in the city at that time.The most famous studio is the SNH48 Star Dream Theater, which holds more than 150 performances throughout the year by the Chinese girl idol group SNH48. The theater building, formerly known as the Tiantang Theater in the 1930s, was designed by the famous British Atkinson & Dallas architects in 1932.Hongkou has established a 2+4+X industrial system based on finance and shipping, along with commerce and trade, cultural innovation, professional and information services.As a major site for the city’s ambition to become a core global central activity center, Hongkou has various innovative and cultural resources.A world-class conference and exhibition space is being developed at the historical Yangzijiang (Yangtze River) Wharf of the North Bund region, covering about 70,000 square meters. It will be connected to a multiple of cultural sites and projects on the riverside region to become a business and commerce center on the north of the Suzhou Creek.The new-look North Bund will include a central business district with office buildings and commercial facilities. The riverside region, covering about 4 square kilometers, will be on a par with the Lingang Special Area and the Pudong New Area in the city’s east and will become a “new engine” for Shanghai’s future development. “The theme of the advertising festival coincides with Hongkou’s development orientation,” Xu said. The annual festival, initiated in 2018, has been named as one of Shanghai’s three major cultural festivals, along with the China Shanghai International Arts Festival and Shanghai International Film Festival.The event, which was scheduled to begin on March 4, was postponed by the pandemic. The 23rd Shanghai International Film Festival was also rescheduled from July 25 to August 2. The 22nd China Shanghai International Arts Festival will run from October 16 to November 15.The advertising festival includes a summit forum, exhibition, awards ceremony and training camp. Another two forums will discuss the relationship between traditional media and new technologies and digitalized consumption and marketing.Due to COVID-19, a cloud session was held for international guests who could not participate in person.“We’ve been watching what is happening in China and taking great encouragement from how quickly the economy seems to be recovering,” said Janet Hull, IPA Director of Marketing Strategy and Chair of UK Advertising Export Group (UKAEG).“We look forward to bringing you a virtual experience to showcase the best of UK advertising and seek ways to form new friendships with Chinese agencies and brands.”Ellen Smyth, CEO of New York Festival Advertising Awards, said, “The coronavirus has impacted the US advertising industry. Although advertising has been affected, agencies and brands continue to create ads.“The advertising relationship between China and the US will continue and flourish.”Hwanjin Choi, chairman of Advertisement Stars (AD STARS) in Busan said, “South Korea and China are a community with a shared future where many industries are interconnected.”“Since the outbreak, Shanghai’s advertising industry has taken an active part in the promotion of anti-coronavirus knowledge and encouragement,” said Du Guigen, president of the Shanghai Advertisement Association. “Local companies and professionals have posted a large number of public service advertisements in newspaper, television, mobile phone, subway and other platforms.”Posters of the winning advertisements of the Shanghai International Advertising Festival Awards were exhibited on the sidelines of the opening session. Many included the fight against COVID-19. A short video entitled “Missing Wuhan” shows the daily life of folk and landmark sites of the central China city, which was the worst affected area of the COVID-19 outbreak. The video was launched during Wuhan’s darkest period and has been posted over 350,000 times on the Internet.Other award-winning works include a series of 32 posters from the cultural and tourism administration of Wuhan to express gratitude to medical teams assisting the city from across the nation. The posters were shared on social media around 280 million times.A training camp was set up for 120 students, from 33 colleges from across the world, to study and compete with each other under the guidance of top media groups, such as Accenture Interactive, McCann Worldgroup and Havas Group China, and a winning team were be selected and announced during the awards ceremony on July 23.  
来源: Shanghai Daily  

Celebrating the poetic inspiration of Jiangnan


2020-07-31 浏览

Jiangnan, or regions south of the Yangtze River, has provided Chinese artists with poetic inspiration for centuries. And it’s no different for modern artists today, who continue to seek catharsis and motivation from the Chinese river’s enchanting stretches.An exhibition “Encountering Jiangnan Again,” highlighting this love, is underway at Suzhou Art Museum through August 12. It features a group of artists whose works try to reflect the essence of Jiangnan through their own interpretations. “The exhibition was originally planned to be held early this spring. However, due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, it was postponed until now,” said Zhang Lixing, the curator of the exhibition.Zhang has curated a series of exhibitions under the theme of Jiangnan in Suzhou, known for its canals, bridges, pagodas and classical gardens, as well as a rich cultural heritage in China that spans thousands of years.“When mentioning Jiangnan, some immediately relate it to the regions’ springtime as the days are getting warmer and things along both banks of the river come to life. Each rain is a welcome sight, accompanied by the fragrance and the gentle rustle of the plants,” said Zhang. “But this is no longer the case, as many participating artists live and work in Shanghai.” For artist Li Yirong, Jiangnan is no longer the stereotyped image of a tranquil watertown.“Some used to associate Jiangnan with a feeling of melancholy, as this time of year is classically considered to be wet and fleeting,” Li said. “For me, it means a blossoming scene with brilliant flowers. I always remember the early blooms of sakura in the springtime of Jiangnan. After their beauty peaks around two weeks, the blossoms start to fall, and I want to ‘freeze’ them onto my canvas.”Date: Through August 12 (closed on Mondays), 9am-4pmVenue: Suzhou Art MuseumAddress: 2075 Renmin Road, Suzhou City  
来源: Shanghai Daily  

FTZ innovations set example for nation


2020-07-31 浏览

Twenty finance innovations in the city’s free trade zone have been picked by authorities as examples for the rest of the country.Among them, AIA insurance established the first wholly foreign-owned life insurance company on Chinese mainland. The China Foreign Exchange Trade System launched the main brokerage business in the inter-bank foreign exchange market to provide more diversified foreign exchange hedging channels for foreign investors and further enhance the attractiveness of yuan-denominated financial assets.The Shanghai Commercial Paper Exchange Corp launched a supply chain finance platform and successfully implemented the first batch of supply chain invoice discounting business, which improved the flexibility of the use of commercial paper and reduced the cost of demand uncertainty.The Lingang Special Area took the lead in carrying out cross-border transfers of domestic trade financing assets, and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank and China CITIC Bank were among the first to successfully handle cross-border transfers of domestic trade financing assets.Lingang also took the lead in implementing cross-border yuan settlement facilitation for high-quality enterprises. Bank of China took the lead in providing convenient financial services for high-quality enterprises in Lingang.Lingang also carried out foreign debt registration management reform. The Agricultural Bank of China provided the first one-off foreign debt registration in Shanghai for high-tech enterprises registered there.CCB Resources, a subsidiary of CCB futures, debuted the “mask option” for the development of financial risk management tools to reduce risks faced by enterprises due to raw material price fluctuations, and to help the production of anti-epidemic materials.  
来源: Shanghai Daily  

Chinese mainland reports 105 new confirmed COVID-19 cases


2020-07-30 浏览

Chinese health authority said on Thursday that it received reports of 105 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland on Wednesday, including 102 domestically transmitted cases and three imported ones.

Ninety-six of the 102 domestically transmitted cases were reported in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, five in Liaoning Province, and one in Beijing Municipality, the National Health Commission said in its daily report, adding that one new suspected COVID-19 case imported from abroad was reported in Shanghai Municipality.

No deaths related to the disease were reported on Wednesday.

Thirteen COVID-19 patients were newly discharged from hospitals after recovery, the commission said.

As of Wednesday, the overall confirmed COVID-19 cases on the mainland had reached 84,165, including 574 patients who were still being treated, with 33 in severe condition.

Altogether 78,957 people had been discharged after recovery, and 4,634 had died of the disease on the mainland, the commission said.

Provinces of Guangdong, Yunnan and Shaanxi each saw one new imported case on Wednesday.

By the end of Wednesday, a total of 2,059 imported cases had been reported on the mainland. Of them, 1,981 had been discharged from hospitals after recovery, and 78 remained hospitalized, with two in serious condition. No deaths from the imported cases had been reported.

There were still two suspected COVID-19 cases, it added.

According to the commission, 18,353 close contacts were still under medical observation after 584 people were discharged from medical observation Wednesday.
来源: Shanghai Daily  

Brazil reopens to foreigners despite virus crisis


2020-07-30 浏览

Brazil reopened on Wednesday to foreign visitors arriving by plane, hoping to revive its lockdown-devastated tourism industry despite the rapid spread of the new coronavirus in the country.

In a decree published in the government gazette, Brazil extended coronavirus-related bans on foreign travelers arriving by land or sea for another 30 days, but said the four-month-old restrictions "will no longer bar the entry of foreigners arriving by air."

The move came even as Brazil registered record numbers of daily infections and deaths, bringing the overall figures past 2.5 million and 90,000, respectively.

Brazil closed its air borders to non-residents on March 30, at a time when the virus was ravaging Europe and Asia and just taking hold in South America.

Now, Brazil is the country with the second-highest number of infections and deaths in the world, after the United States.

The tourism industry has already lost nearly 122 billion reals (US$23.6 billion) because of the pandemic, the National Confederation of Trade in Goods, Services and Tourism (CNC) estimates.

As a whole, Latin America's biggest economy is facing a record contraction of 9.1 percent this year, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Under the measure, Brazil will require foreign visitors staying for 90 days or less to have health insurance covering them in the country before they travel.

Brazil for its part is among the countries whose nationals still face bans on entering the European Union or the United States under novel coronavirus restrictions.
来源: Shanghai Daily  

Nepal opens Mt. Qomolangma after nearly 5 months of shutdown


2020-07-30 浏览

Nepal has opened Mt. Qomolangma and other Himalayan peaks from Thursday after a shutdown that had lasted for four and a half months, according to a tourism department official.

All spring season expeditions that usually last from March to May were suspended following fears of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. The Nepali government halted the issuance of climbing permits for expeditions and canceled already issued permits for the spring season 2020 on March 13.

"The mountains are now open for mountaineers and the department has started issuing climbing permits starting today (Thursday)," said Mira Acharya, director at the Department of Tourism.

The country has opened 414 peaks for mountaineering purposes. In line with the relaxation on economic activities, the government has allowed hotels, restaurants, trekking and mountaineering services to resume operations from Thursday.

Nepal bags more than US$4 million as royalty from climbers annually. The DoT collects US$5,500 as climbing permit fee for Mt. Qomolangma's normal route and US$5,000 for the other route from foreigners during autumn.

The disruption of mountaineering is likely to hamper the country's economy. As the country is gearing up to resume international flights, it is expecting tourists for the autumn season.

"The quarantine modality is still under discussion because of which we are unable to project the flow of climbers into the country," Acharya told Xinhua on Thursday.
来源: Shanghai Daily  

Canada authorizes remdesivir to treat patients of severe COVID-19


2020-07-29 浏览

Canada announced its authorization on Tuesday for using the drug remdesivir for treating patients suffering severe symptoms of COVID-19 who have pneumonia and require extra oxygen to help them breathe.

Remdesivir is the first drug that Canada has authorized for the treatment of COVID-19, according to a press release from Health Canada.

The drug, manufactured by Gilead Sciences Canada, Inc., is authorized for use in adults and adolescents with a bodyweight of at least 40 kg. The authorization includes a full six-week scientific review.

Gilead Sciences Canada, Inc. did not seek authorization for an indication for use of remdesivir to treat children or pregnant women, Health Canada said.

Remdesivir is administered intravenously and will be used only in healthcare facilities where patients can be closely monitored.

As part of the conditional authorization, Gilead Sciences Canada, Inc. will submit to Health Canada drug safety monitoring reports, including reports on all serious adverse drug reactions.

Health Canada will continue to closely monitor the safety of remdesivir in Canada and will take prompt action should any safety concerns arise, according to the press release.
来源: Shanghai Daily  

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