As of 00:00, February 16th, Guangdong had reported 22 new cases, pushing the total number of infected patients to 1316. This number has continued to decline on a daily basis.
COVID-19 infected patients were reported in Guangzhou's CBD district for the first time, as Top Plaza (天盈广场) confirmed two cases. According to the official announcement, people in close contact with the two cases were immediately isolated for medical observation and their working place has been thoroughly disinfected.
The 22nd press conference on Guangdong's fight against the coronavirus was held in Guangzhou today.
(Photo: Nian Qing)
According to Yang Rihua, Deputy Director-General of the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department (GDPSD), responding to President Xi Jinping's call on curbing the illegal trade and business in wildlife, GDPSD has enforced strong measures against wildlife markets and will investigate and severely punish violators.
On January 31st, Guangzhou police confiscated wild animals and two people selling wild animals were apprehended in a farm produce market in the city.
At the press conference, Yang also appealed to the public as well as journalists to tip off the police about any illegal trade on wildlife or wildlife products they may become aware of. The police will keep the informants personal information confidential as to ensure their safety. If anyone has clues about illegal wildlife trade, please call 110 immediately.
Furthermore, strict measures have been taken in Guangdong to stop people who are aware that they are likely infected with the virus but do not report or seek medical treatment. These people will face criminal charges. Statistics show that the province has reported 39 cases since January 21st.
At the same time, Guangdong has cracked down on the illegal production and sale of medical supplies, including anti-virus face masks and disinfectant, in a bid to safeguard public health. From February 3rd to 14th, Guangdong arrested 99 suspects and seized more than 1.75 million faulty face masks.
Author | Nan & Zoey
Editor | Keane & Simon