Zhejiang Reports 7 New Coronavirus Cases

Source: HangzhouTube, Xinhua news, WWW.NEWS.CN, China Daily

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Zhejiang reported seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection on Monday, all of which are imported cases from people returning from Italy, local authorities said Tuesday. 

The new cases were all reported in Qingtian County in the city of Lishui, bringing the total confirmed cases in Zhejiang to 1,213, which include eight imported cases. 

The seven new cases in Zhejiang form the bulk of the 11 new cases reported Monday on the Chinese mainland outside Hubei.

The National Health Commission said on Tuesday it received reports of 125 new confirmed cases on Monday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, including 114 from Hubei.

Zhejiang Completes Lung Transplant for COVID-19 Patient

Doctors in Zhejiang Province have completed a double-lung transplant surgery on a COVID-19 patient, the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine said Monday.

The operation on the 66-year-old COVID-19 patient was performed Sunday by a medical team led by Liang Tingbo, a leading organ transplant surgeon in China and also the Party chief of the hospital.


The donated lungs came from a donor in central China's Hunan Province and were transported by air to Hangzhou.

The female patient was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Jan. 31 and transported from a local hospital there on Feb. 2 as the illness progressed rapidly. She had several negative nucleic acid test results after receiving a trachea cannula on Feb. 3 and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support and medication on Feb. 16, yet suffered irreversible pulmonary disfunction.


The patient is currently in stable condition, with the transplanted lungs oxygenating well, the hospital said.

Zhejiang Lowers Coronavirus Emergency Response

Zhejiang lowered the local emergency response from level I to level II towards the COVID-19 outbreak Monday. As of March 1st, the total confirmed cases in Zhejiang had reached 1,205 and 1,050 have been discharged from hospitals. On Jan. 23, Zhejiang activated the highest level of public health emergency response to control the outbreak.


Hangzhou Platform to Better Channel Government, Enterprises

Hangzhou announced the launch of an online platform on Monday to help the local government serve enterprises more precisely and directly, in a bid to help them better shrug off the impact caused by the novel coronavirus epidemic.


The new platform, dubbed "Qinqing Online", is designed to bring government departments and companies closer by building a service system on the internet, a direct channel connecting governments and enterprises.

According to Dai Jianping, executive vice-mayor of Hangzhou, the main functions of the platform make it possible that companies raise requests online and government departments make responses immediately.

According to Dai, the first two services incentives for commercial and trading enterprises with a yearly tax payment of less than 500,000 yuan ($72,000) and rent subsidies for enterprise employees were launched on Monday with the platform. 


Dai called on companies and individuals in Hangzhou to make full use of the online platform and offer suggestions to help complete the system. 

Website: http://qinqing.hangzhou.gov.cn

Authorities: Use Separate Spoon to Serve

On March 1, four health organizations in Shanghai suggested a change to Chinese traditional table etiquette when people eat communally, which has been well received by the majority of the public and the catering industry across the country amid its fight against the contagious novel coronavirus.

Zheng Jin, spokeswoman for Shanghai Municipal Heath Commission, said on Monday that the proposal has got more than 1.26 million views and tens of thousands of supporters on social media Sina Weibo and WeChat.

Many cities followed suit on Monday. The municipal office for civilized society in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, and its provincial association of catering services published a similar proposal in Guangzhou Daily.

In addition to encouraging the public to use separate utensils for shared dishes at home, it suggests that restaurants make separate serving chopsticks and spoons standard.

Haikou, Hainan province, also announced a similar proposal, asking mid-sized restaurants, canteens in rural areas and catering services in tourist sites to pick up the habit.

In Shanghai, the office for civilized society said that 100 Shanghai Model Restaurants committed on Monday to providing a separate pair of chopsticks or a spoon for diners to transfer food to their plates.

Foreign Friend in Hangzhou: w zi zhnggu ti nqun


Recently, a video has become popular on the Internet. In the video, a fluent Chinese speaking expat introduced his life scenes in Hangzhou during the period of epidemic by shooting the video while walking. It's so safe to live in China! Said he.

Breathtaking Pictures of Zhejiangs Scenery Taken by Drone

A set of photos of a tea garden located in Shangxiang Village, Chun'an County, Zhejiang Province taken by a drone were released on Xinhua News on March 2. On that day, spring tea on the island was under fully exploitation.

For Expats in Zhejiang