China to Deny Entry to Lying Foreign Travelers

Source: HangzhouTube, GLOBAL TIMES, Xinhua News

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Foreign nationals who conceal information, furnish false information to border officials when entering China, will be denied entry as a punishment, said an official from China's General Administration of Customs (GAC), amid the country's persistent efforts at curbing imported COVID-19 cases from overseas. 

Apart from the aforementioned violations, individuals not completing the routine paperwork at the border, will also be banned from entering, said Liu Haitao, a GAC official, at a press conference Monday. 
Liu added that apart from standard border entrance formalities, as mandated by the Chinese government, foreigners who enter the country during this pandemic period must provide their Chinese recipient and contact information, their travel plan in China, and the accommodation address. 
Amid visible signs of COVID-19 outbreak gradually waning in China, the country currently faces mounting pressure of imported infections. 
China reported 39 new imported COVID19 cases in the mainland, on Sunday, with Beijing and Shanghai reporting 10 cases, respectively, said officials from China's National Health Commission at the conference. 
Song Yue, another official from the GAC said the administration is closely monitoring vehicles coming from key pandemic countries, and travelers must undergo health examination at designated spots. 
Chinese mariners who have sailed for over 14 days and passed health-check will be allowed to enter the border, but they have to follow the prevention regulations like 14-day isolation. Foreign mariners who visited coronavirus-hit countries within the last 14 days from their date of arrival in China are not allowed from entering China, said an official from the Ministry of Transport.

No evidence so far indicating relapsing COVID-19 patients are infectious: Hubei health authority

Tu Yuanchao, the vice head of the Hubei provincial health commission, told the Hubei Daily on Sunday that people who have retested positive and show symptoms will be sent to designated hospitals for observation and treatment. These patients will then undergo a 14-day quarantine after being discharged again. Those who are positive but asymptomatic will be sent to designated isolation sites for a 14-day observation. 

Wuhan has two designated hospitals currently being used for relapsing COVID-19 patients, Tu said, noting that as these patients were already recorded when they were first diagnosed as having coronavirus, they will not be reported as new cases. 

According to Tu, Hubei will ensure public health management measures, including health monitoring, blood checks, biochemical, oxygen saturation and chest imaging. Once a discharged patient is found to have a fever, cough or other clinical manifestations, he will be transferred to the designated hospital for further diagnosis as soon as possible. 

The treatment fees for relapsing patients will be covered by national medical insurance and government subsidies. 

Tu noted that they have not seen these patients infecting other people so far, but have required disease control departments to conduct epidemiological follow-up investigations. 

Scientific research institutions are culturing virus samples and testing viral loads to further clarify the infectiousness of those who retest positive, Tu said.

Can freshwater fish transmit novel coronavirus?

Rumors have spread that freshwater fish are no longer safe to eat, as fish ponds in some regions are built along or over toilets and used to rinse chamber pots, which some claim could transmit the novel coronavirus through the fecal-oral route.


First, no studies at present have shown the water-borne virus is infectious, so there isn't any chance people would get infections directly from fish.


Second, different types of viruses can only infect certain species of hosts over a selected temperature range. For novel coronavirus, it mostly attacks mammals, including humans, that are endothermic or warm-blooded, and the average human body temperature of around 36 degrees Celsiusis most favorable for the infection and reproduction of the novel coronavirus. But most freshwater fish cannot survive at this temperature, showing they can't catch or even transmit the virus.


Cooking at a high temperature is recommended before eating freshwater fish no matter what, as the novel coronavirus can be deactivated after 30 minutes at a minimum temperature of 56 degrees. Good hand hygiene is, as always, needed after dealing with the ingredients.

Official emblem and slogan for Hangzhou 2022 Para Games were unveiled


On March 23, the emblem and the slogan for the 2020 Asian Para Games in Hangzhou were unveiled here on Monday.


The motif of the emblem consists of a wheelchair athlete striving forward. A running track, formed by ten semi-arc lines with a gradient ramp from purple to red and then yellow, stretches out into the distance, as with the surging Qiantang River tides.

Beneath is lettering denoting the host city and the year. The visuals and style of the Asian Para Games emblem are in line with those of the Asian Games.

The slogan of Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games was unveiled on March 23, 2020. (Courtesy of Hangzhou 2022 Organizing Committee)


"The emblem conforms to the concept of 'sunshine, harmony and self-improvement', and shares the 'faster, higher and stronger' Olympic spirit," said Chen Weiqiang, deputy secretary-general of the Asian Paralympic organizing committee and vice mayor of Hangzhou.

The slogan for the Asian Para Games is "Hearts meet, Dreams shine", mirroring the core message and style of the slogan for Asian Games: "Heart to Heart, @Future".

Lovebirds had to wait, because combating epidemic could not

Chen, 24, married her fiance, Huang Qianrui, at a registry office on March 20 after the event was postponed for more than a month due to the outbreak.


A photo of Chen and her fiance kissing through the glass of an isolation ward at the hospital where she works while wearing masks on Feb 4 moved many people after it was published, and Chen received lots of congratulatory messages from Chinese netizens after their marriage.


A novice nurse who just started work last year, Chen was the youngest medical worker assigned to treating patients infected with the virus at the Fourth Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine in Yiwu.


Huang went to see Chen on Feb 4, but they could only see each other through the glass of the ward. They had planned to marry at the civil affairs bureau on Feb 14, Valentine's Day, but had to postpone the date due to the ongoing epidemic.


They met and hugged each other on March 10, and registered their marriage on March 20. "I'm married to a big hero," Huang said.


But Chen said, "I'm just one of the thousands of medical workers in the fight against the novel coronavirus, and my story is one of the ordinary stories that happened among my peers."

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