Health inspections underway in Huanggang

By Liu Kun in Wuhan and Wang Keju in Beijing | (China Daily)| Updated : 2020-02-13

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Workers catch a giant salamander which is still alive outside the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan city, Hubei province, Jan 27, 2020. [Photo by Yuan Zheng/]

Huanggang, a city in Hubei province that also suffers the novel coronavirus epidemic, has conducted thorough health inspections on its residents to find possible infections, official said.

The city has made 17.49 million checks on residents in communities and villages and 45,000 checks on people in public places, and found 13,000 people with fever, Liu Xuerong, the city's Party chief, said at a press conference on Tuesday night.

According to the city's health commission, Huanggang reported 80 new confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus on Monday, bringing the total number up to 2,332, following the city of Wuhan with 18,454 confirmed cases and the city of Xiaogan with 2,642.

A total of 2,001 people sickened by the virus were still under medical treatment in the city as of Monday midnight, including 204 people with serious symptoms and 96 in critical condition, commission data shows.

Liu said that the city has increased temporary fever clinics from 29 to 127, and expanded the designated hospital for treating the disease from 13 to 30 as part of efforts to epidemic prevention and control.

Compared with only 1,200 doctors and nurses at the beginning, the city currently has 7,109 medical workers participating in the battle against the epidemic, with a large number of medical staff from townships, villages and communities joining the prevention and control of the outbreak as well, he added.

In addition, 549 healthcare workers from provinces of Hunan and Shandong have arrived in Huanggang to help with the local medical treatment. Their assistance has greatly enhanced the local medical team and made it possible for patients in serious condition to receive tailor-made treatment plans.