On the afternoon of November 29, Guangzhou held a COVID-19 Prevention and Control Press Conference to brief the latest epidemic situation in the city.
On November 28, Guangzhou reported 7,279 locally acquired COVID-19 cases, among which 98 were found in communities. Notably, 6,932 cases were reported in Haizhu District. Meantime, 5,428 people were discharged from (makeshift) hospitals, among the total 32,669 discharged since the outbreak of this round of epidemic.
Zhang Yi, Deputy Director General of the Guangzhou Health Commission, introduced that in the past two days, the city reported almost a hundred new community infections on a daily basis, which covered a wide range of areas. Community cluster outbreaks that were concentrated in Haizhu District have now been found in Tianhe, Panyu, and other districts. The epidemic situation in Tianhe District is developing rapidly and showing increasing risks in community transmission. Panyu District is facing double epidemic pressure from both inside and outside the district.
Zhang said that everyone should be responsible for their own health. He encouraged residents to continue to wear masks, wash their hands often, avoid gatherings, and practice social distancing. All prevention and control measures should be fully put into place, he stated.
According to Zhang Yongliang, Deputy Head of Haizhu District, relevant district departments have been intensifying efforts in transferring risk personnel from key areas. Transfer routes have been optimized and three new transfer stations have been established to minimize the waiting time and lower the risk of cross-infection. So far, 134,000 risk personnel have been transferred.
Haizhu District is resuming work and production in an orderly manner. In the 28 key buildings in Pazhou that have been put into use, the business reopen rate has reached 51% and over 2,000 employees of key companies have returned to work. Haizhu has issued instructions on the resumption of work and production for companies in the controlled areas, established a coordination mechanism, and provided over 500 services on policy interpretation, consultation, etc. So far, nine manufacturers have applied for production resumption, and more than 700 employees have been included on the "white list".
Zhang Yong, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Committee of Guangzhou Lingnan Business Travel Investment Group Co., Ltd., said that the group has set 28 of its hotels as quarantine hotels and provided accommodation services including the Guangzhou International Health Hub and the new quarantine project on the east of Guangzhou South Railway Station, adding up to more than 39,000 rooms. Immediately after the outbreak, the group pledged to the public that it will "not increase prices, cut off supply, or run out of stock." The group's food processing plants operate 24 hours a day and over 200 outlets are engaged to ensure three to five times the usual supply. The group has more than 500,000 tons of raw grain stocks, more than 7,000 tons of grain and oil product stocks, and nearly 4,000 tons of sugar reserves to ensure sufficient supply at any time.
Yang Ning, Vice President of the Third Affiliated Hospital to Guangzhou Medical University, said that with a focus on pregnant and lying-in women's medical and healthcare needs, the hospital has promptly developed a sound and complete diagnosis and treatment system for pregnant and lying-in women during the epidemic. Since October 22, the hospital has treated 9,822 out-patient cases and 1,286 residence cases for pregnant and lying-in women, seen 453 deliveries, and admitted 110 transferred pregnant and lying-in women in critical or severe conditions. The hospital has set up a 24-hour rescue hotline for pregnant and lying-in women in severe conditions to efficiently respond to the medical needs of those in controlled areas. It treats high-risk lying-in women transferred from high-risk areas as soon as they arrive at the hospital. It has also launched a Rouji Online Obstetrical Consultation System, where obstetricians are on duty 24 hours a day to provide pregnant and lying-in women under quarantine or in lockdown areas with health management consulting and guidance services.
Yang told pregnant and lying-in women not to panic or be overanxious. He suggested they practice good personal protection, maintain good hygiene, keep a healthy lifestyle, and avoid crowded places. They should also monitor themselves and reach the doctor in the event of any anomalies or signs of labor.
According to Yang, by November 28, the hospital has made over 10,000 dispatches for PCR testing and completed 5,840,000 tests. It has sent 232 medical workers to take over the 1,662-bed Pazhou A1 Makeshift Hospital, where they treated 2,972 patients and 1,116 of them have been discharged after recovery.