1. Secretary of the CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee and Mayor of Shenzhen sent Lantern Festival greetings to people working on the frontline of combating the epidemic.
On Feb. 8, Wang Weizhong, Secretary of the CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee, and Chen Rugui, Mayor of Shenzhen, visited joint checkpoints on expressways, biomedical companies, subdistricts, communities, and hospitals in the city to send Lantern Festival greetings to people working on the frontline of combating the novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP). Wang stressed that with the travel rush to Shenzhen after the Spring Festival approaching, the task of epidemic prevention and control entered a critical stage and would only become more arduous. He stressed that senses of responsibility and urgency should be further enhanced, with the resolution of winning the battle against the epidemic. 【Source: sznews.com】
2. Shenzhen’s 16 measures to help enterprises overcome difficulties brought by the NCP epidemic will ease over 60 billion yuan of financial burden on enterprises.
According to Shenzhen Development and Reform Commission, preliminary estimations show that the 16 measures, in forms of tax and fee cuts and exemptions, subsidies and postponement of payment deadlines, etc, will directly ease over 60 billion yuan of financial burden on enterprises, among which over 10 billion yuan is covered by the municipal fiscal system. These measures intended for enterprises to maintain operations aim to help them reduce the pressure brought by fixed expenditures during the epidemic prevention and control period, so that enterprises and employees that are still unable to resume work can focus on epidemic prevention and control. The Commission also revealed that the city will come up with a series of supportive policies to help enterprises resume and expand operations and production when the epidemic is mitigated. 【Source: sznews.com】
3. Expert on disease control and prevention warned citizens that not wearing a mask in public places will endanger public health and reminded citizens under home quarantine to maintain proper self-protection.
According to the Head of the Emergency Office of Shenzhen Center for Disease Control and Prevention, citizens who do not wear a mask in public places will have a higher chance of infection, and the behavior will also endanger public health. Currently, the majority of confirmed NCP cases in Shenzhen are imported cases. Citizens returning to Shenzhen from epidemic outbreak areas should cooperate in undergoing self-monitored or collective quarantine. Each citizen under quarantine should stay in a separate room, wear a mask and avoid close contact with other family members. As contact is one of the channels of NCP transmission, these citizens should avoid touching objects such as remote controls and door handles. Using a piece of tissue when touching these objects is strongly recommended. 【Source: Shenzhen Center for Disease Control and Prevention】
4. Shenzhen Development and Reform Commission has initiated daily monitoring on market prices.
To guarantee the basic needs of citizens, staffers with Shenzhen Development and Reform Commission Pricing Center are carrying out daily monitoring on market prices in places including supermarkets, farmers’ markets and pharmacies. Livelihood products such as meat, eggs, vegetables, grain and oil and epidemic prevention and control materials such as medical alcohol, masks and anti-virus oral liquids are all among the items being monitored. The systems of daily price reporting and instant reporting for emergencies have been strictly implemented to update prices and forecast and warn of possible risks to the National Development and Reform Commission, Guangdong Provincial Development and Reform Commission and Shenzhen Municipal Government. 【Source: Shenzhen Development and Reform Commission】
5. Department of Education of Guangdong Province has postponed the reopening time of schools. Schools at all levels and of all types in the province shall not reopen prior to late February.
On Feb. 7, Department of Education of Guangdong Province issued a notice on postponing the reopening time of schools. According to the notice, in light of the current epidemic prevention and control situation, schools at all levels and of all types in the province shall not reopen prior to late February to ensure the health and safety of students and teachers. The confirmed reopening time will be decided after well-informed analysis and then be released to the public. It is reported that many international schools in Shenzhen have postponed back-to-school time to March. Online teaching platforms are being widely used to create an interactive teaching environment. 【Source: Department of Education of Guangdong Province】
6. Drones were used to disinfect over 600,000 square meters of industrial park areas in Shenzhen.
On Feb. 8, a team of volunteers from drone manufacturer DJI used drones to disinfect over 600,000 square meters of industrial park areas in Longgang District. The spraying of disinfectant was targeted at public places including sports fields, roads and squares. Drone operators did not need to come close to the industrial parks for operation. The 84 Disinfectant used was mixed in accordance with strict requirements. 【Source: sznews.com】