Daily Briefing on Fighting against Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (February 14, 2020)

From: Foreign Affairs Office of Shenzhen Municipal People's Government | Updated: 2020-02-14

1. Shenzhen "rewards" emergency scientific research on novel coronavirus pneumonia with up to 100 million RMB Yuan for projects. Recently, the Shenzhen Municipal Science,Technology and Innovation Commission issued a work program in the form of "reward mechanism" to incentivize emergency research projects on "emergent prevention and control of novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic" . The work program aims to deploy faster and better scientific results to combat the epidemic in Shenzhen so as to prevent the epidemic in a scientific manner. The reward is given based on the specific products and their effects, not solely on the research paper published. Support will be given to joint projects by industries, universities and research institutes and funding will be provided to premium projects. [Source: Shenzhen Municipal Science, Technology and Innovation Commission]

2. A company in Shenzhen has developed the world’s first chemiluminescence reagent to detect novel coronavirus. Shenzhen New Industries Biomedical Engineering Co., Ltd. has developed a novel coronavirus antibody detection kit by means of chemiluminescence immunoassay. At present, after preliminary testing, the detection rate reached 85.2%. The detection reagent of chemiluminescence immunoassay method is complementary to the current CT and nucleic acid detection. It enables large-scale quick screening of patients with mild symptoms, suspected patients and close contacts in a short period of time, cutting the cost by 2/3. [Source: Pingshan Release]

3. Shenzhen deploys "in the air" code-scanning for registration to enter the city. With the increase of vehicles and people returning to Shenzhen, the city began to deploy online vehicle reporting and registration from February 8. In order to improve the efficiency of reporting, drones equipped with megaphones and hanging QR codes have become good helpers to staff in the front line. The police operated the drone to hover above the lines of vehicle, and broadcast through megaphones, reminding the drivers and passengers to scan the code for registration, which reduced people-to-people contact and improved the efficiency. [Source: Shenzhen Release]

4. Shenzhen Municipal Healthcare and Security Bureau issued another 5 policies on combating the epidemic. Clinical screening for NCP is now covered by healthcare insurance.Recently, Shenzhen Municipal Healthcare and Security Bureau, together with the Municipal Finance Bureau and the Municipal Health Commission, issued the Circular on Stepping up Efforts in the Medical Security of the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (NCP) Epidemic, further improving medical security policies for the NCP patients. Expenses for nucleic acid testing, chest CT among other screening methods will be covered by medical insurance schemes. Suspected and confirmed NCP patients with healthcare insurance do not have to pay for all the treatment costs out of their pocket [Source: Shenzhen Municipal Healthcare and Security Bureau]

5. Shenzhen promotes shared bicycle discounts for all citizens, and free of charge for front line staff during the epidemic. In the face of the epidemic, Shenzhen citizens are encouraged to reduce the use of large-capacity means of transportation, in order to lower the risk of mass gathering and the spread of the epidemic. The Shenzhen Municipal Transportation Bureau has cooperated with bicycle-sharing enterprises in Shenzhen to assist the citizens’ medium and short distances trips during the epidemic. Staff will carry out incessant and round-the-clock disinfection for bicycles, to ensure 100% sterilization and disinfection, while ramping up the frequency of disinfection for bicycles on the road. Meituan Bike and Hello-Bike has offered discounts on monthly and quarterly cards for Shenzhen users in February. For the front-line staff fighting against the epidemic, bicycle cards will be provided free of charge, with no upper limit for use. [Source: Shenzhen Transportation Bureau]

6. The National Health Commission published dietary guide for the prevention and treatment of NCP. For the general public, a diversified variety of foods are recommended, mainly cereals. Cereals and potatoes(and sweet potatoes), vegetables and fruits, livestock, poultry, fish, eggs and milk, soybean, nuts among others shall be included in daily diet. Eat more dark-colored fruits and vegetables, fresh fruits instead of juice, and eat more bean products and milk, especially yogurt. Eat the right amount of fish, poultry, eggs, lean meat, eat less fat, smoked or pickled meat products. Firmly avoid the consumption of wild animals. Cook with less salt and less oil, control the intake of sugar and alcohol. Do not overeat and avoid sedentary lifestyle. Separate meals and the use of public chopsticks are recommended. Raw food and cooked one should be separated when preparing, and cooked food should be heated thoroughly when reheating. [Source: National Health Commission]