Two Inbound COVID-19 Patients Escape? Hangzhou Police: Rumor!

Source: HangzhouTube, China Daily, CGTN, Xinhua News

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Last weekend, a message saying "two people who came back from abroad escaped from the Xiangyuan Hotel last night. Their test results came out today, positive. They havent been found yet. Hangzhou is freaking out" spread on the Internet, and caused public concern and social panic. 
On March 28, Xihu Police officially responded. It is found that the Xiangyuan Hotel mentioned in the news is indeed the place where the inbound people are isolated in Xihu District. However, it has strict management and is in good order, as there was no escape. The above information is confirmed a rumor which is seriously inconsistent with the facts. 
After investigation, the police caught Lu (female, 46 years old), who fabricated the message and spread it via WeChat. Lu confessed to her illegal act of disturbing public order. As of now, the police have imposed administrative detention on her according to law. 
The police warned that they would crack down on the illegal and criminal acts of deliberately fabricating and/or spreading rumors of epidemic situation and disturbing public order according to law.

New round of outbreak caused by imported cases possible in China

The possibility of the epidemic spreading remains relatively high on the Chinese mainland, said the spokesperson.


BEIJING, March 29 (Xinhua) -- A new round of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak is possible in China as imported cases have kept rising, said a Chinese spokesperson at a press conference Sunday.


Noting that 693 imported cases from 42 countries have been reported by the end of Saturday, Mi Feng, a spokesperson for the National Health Commission, said the possibility of the epidemic spreading remains relatively high on the Chinese mainland.


Mi added that local transmission of COVID-19 has been basically blocked, with the number of existing domestic cases having dropped below 3,000.


China will further step up efforts on the prevention of sporadic domestic cases and imported cases by timely detection, fast treatment and precise control and prevention, Mi said.

Coronavirus pandemic: online consultation platforms offer help

Hu Xin is a postgraduate student at Newcastle University in England. Recently he didn't feel very well, but couldn't go out to see doctors, as across the UK, most people have to stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So Hu turned to a free online medical consultation platform to consult with Chinese doctors.


This platform provides overseas Chinese nationals with access to domestic doctors who worked on the frontlines battling COVID-19.


WANG JIAN'AN, PRESIDENT Second Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine joined the platform a few days ago. He uses it not only to answer COVID-19 questions, but also shares his experience with global peers.


The platform, Global MediXchange for Combating COVID-19, was developed by Alihealth of Alibaba group. It aims to facilitate online communication and share anti-epidemic knowledge and practical experience. So far over 100 thousand Chinese living overseas have consulted on this platform. And almost a thousand domestic frontline doctors voluntarily joined in.


With confirmed cases still rising in many countries, experts say more online consultations and experience-sharing will be happening around the clock. Chinese tech companies and frontline doctors aim to continue their help.

Men more likely to catch novel coronavirus?


Male patients comprise 55.9% of 6,013 cases collected from Jan 1 to 29, 2020, according to a study recently published by a research group from Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University on an online academic platform.


In addition, 47 of the 67 asymptomatic infections confirmed in their hospital are women, which show a higher ratio of severity in male cases, according to the study.


The study pointed out that men are more likely to be transmitted by the novel coronavirus and develop severe symptoms. Researchers speculate that this may be due to the different immune mechanisms between the two genders.


Men and women are inherently different in terms of responding to virus infections. Generally, on the premise of the same exposure to the virus, men are more likely to get infected with more viral load than women; whereas when faced with the same level of infections, women may have more severe symptoms and poorer prognosis.


However, the figures under study only cover the period of January, and there are undoubtedly cases of the virus that are not reflected in the data. More data and research are needed to make a convincingly final conclusion.


Moreover, the study has not been peer reviewed nor formally published.

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