Beware! Weekend Rainfall & Cool Temperatures in Hangzhou!

Source: HangzhouTube, Xinhua News, WHO 

Good morning

On Wednesday, Hangzhou was sunny but dry with an average relative humidity of only 55% and a large temperature difference between day and night. The weather will continue until Friday (April 10th). 
This weekend, Hangzhou will see rainfall and cool temperatures. It is expected that from Friday night to Saturday, there will be moderate rain in Hangzhou and moderate to heavy rain in southern counties and cities. On Sunday, the rainfall will be gone and it will be cloudy. The temperature will also drop significantly, with the highest temperature expected to be only 16 on Saturday.

Zhejiang saw one new imported case

Wednesday Zhejiang saw one new imported COVID-19 case from Italy. As of 24:00 on April 8, a total of 49 imported cases were reported in Zhejiang and 19 of them were discharged. In addition, one new imported asymptomatic infection from Spain was confirmed.

Chinese mainland reports 63 new confirmed COVID-19 cases 

The overall confirmed cases on the mainland had reached 81,865 by Wednesday, including 1,160 patients who were still being treated, 77,370 people who had been discharged after recovery, and 3,335 people who died of the disease.

Chinese health authority said Thursday it received reports of 63 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Wednesday, of which 61 were imported.


Two new domestic cases were reported in Guangdong Province, the National Health Commission said.

Exposing yourself to the sun DOES NOT prevent the coronavirus disease

You can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. Countries with hot weather have reported cases of COVID-19. 

To protect yourself, make sure you clean your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.  

Alibaba Launches Big Relief Initiative for SMEs!

Zhejiang Province and Alibaba Group jointly launched an initiative Tuesday to boost the digital development of small and medium-sized enterprises.


As for export-focused SMEs, Alibaba will help them to expand into new markets through platforms such as AliExpress, Lazada and Tmall World and help a subset of these SMEs transform and develop their business through measures such as resource support, fee reductions and fast-track processing.


As for the manufacturing sector, it aims at activating manufacturing belts, incubating a group of "Super Producer IP" designations, and fostering 10 digitized manufacturing clusters with production output valued at tens of billion yuan. Also, it will help 1,000 factories realize direct-to-consumer sales of over 100 million yuan (about 14.2 million U.S. dollars) within three years.

Alibaba will also establish 1,000 digitized agricultural centers across China, according to the initiative.


In addition, the e-commerce giant will help alleviate financing challenges for more SMEs by extending "immediate settlement" services until June 30. The online merchant bank of Ant Financial, Alibaba's financial affiliate, will work with hundreds of traditional banks to provide zero-contact loans to tens of millions of SMEs.

In Pics: Wuhan Lifts Outbound Travel Restrictions

Aerial combo photos showed differences in Wuhan on January 26, 2020 (upper) and April 8, 2020. With long lines of cars streaming through expressway tollgates and masked passengers boarding trains, the megacity of Wuhan lifted outbound travel restrictions on Wednesday after almost 11 weeks of lockdown imposed to stem the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Yellow Crane Tower and the Yangtze River Bridge

Hankou Railway Station

Yanjiang Avenue in Hankou District

Xudong Street

Optics Valley Square

Chuhehan Street

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