The Deputy Director-General of the Health Commission of Guangdong Province on April 10 said that inbound travelers entering Guangdong ports will share travel and health information with customs and immigration inspection departments. Travelers with confirmed cases, suspected cases, close contacts, and those with fever or respiratory symptoms, will undergo a closed-loop transfer, treatment, quarantine, and medical observation.
The 51nd press conference on Guangdong's fight against COVID-19 was held in Guangzhou today. (Photo: Cao Yaqin)
“From disembarkation to the quarantine point, we will ensure that inbound travelers have no direct contact with society during the entire process, so as to cut off the risk of cross infection,” said Deputy Director-General of the Health Commission of Guangdong, Zhou Zixiao.
All new imported cases since March 21 are detected at ports and quarantine spots, and have had no contact with other members of society.
“Any unit or individual on the territory of the People's Republic of China must respond to inquiries by medical care and health institutions and anti-epidemic agencies on infectious diseases and accept their examinations and investigations for certification as well as their preventive and control measures, and shall have the right to inform the authorities or file charges against any violation of this law,” said Zhou who quoted an article in the Law of the People's Republic of China on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases.
Zhou called for continued cooperation and understanding of Guangdong’s control measures from Chinese and foreigners.
Chen Anming, Secretary General of the Guangdong Government Province, said that 102 key manufacturing enterprises have returned to work and all domestic suppliers of leading enterprises are also back on line. The resumption rate of standard-sized industrial enterprises reached more than 99 percent in Guangdong.
Chen added the number of mask-making enterprises increased from two in the end of January to more than 600, and that their daily output rose from less than 100,000 to more than 60 million. The number of medical gown manufacturers surged from 1 to 44, with a daily output of 130,000.
All schools in the province will reopen in separate phases after April 27th, according to an announcement from the Education Department of Guangdong Province on April 9. Wang Chuang, Deputy Director-General of the Education Department of Guangdong Province, added that Guangdong will always give priority to the health and safety of the teachers and students, and it will closely monitor the spread of asymptomatic and imported cases.
Wang said that universities will set up separate rooms for medical observation. Moreover, all schools must be equipped with at least one professional medical staff. Wang added that all types of education should record the health status and travel history of both students and teachers two weeks before the semester starts.
Teachers and students who are recently in Chinese Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and other countries should contact with their residential community before coming back to Guangdong and accept related management measures to prevent virus spread. They should come back to school after having made sure they are healthy.
Authors: Jasmine Yin, Hannah Zhou, Steven Yuen
Editors: Keane Wong, Chris