China update: Latest news on the pandemic

We have prepared a short recap of some of the updates regarding coronavirus and the current situation in China. Read more below…

Official Release About Number of Coronavirus Outbreak – Friday, 02/Oct/2020 

  •   As of October 02, there are 186 remaining infections in China


  • The demand for domestic travel has been soaring in China during the country’s Golden Week Holiday, which started on October 1, with 550 million of people expected to travel domesticallyThe travel sector in China is resuming full operation while implementing COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control. Tours both within and between Chinese provinces are booming.
  • Beijing will allow more visitors into its tourist sites during the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day holiday as the COVID-19 epidemic subsides. The tourism sites in the capital city will raise their daily cap from 50 percent to 75 percent of their maximum capacity in line with a guideline to speed up the recovery of domestic tourism. The city will continue to ensure that scenic spots use ticket reservation systems and enforce staggered admission times.
  • East China’s Shanghai registered a “pleasant recovery” in its tourism sector during this year’s Shanghai Tourism Festival, local authorities said on Sunday. During this year’s Shanghai Tourism Festival,  from Sept 12 to 27, the city’s tourist attractions registered 3.5 million visits, an increase of 28% month on month. The average occupancy rate of the city’s hotels stood at 64% during the period, up by 8%age points compared with the same period in August, which was already a heated travel season, the administration said.

Government Initiatives

  • China plans on accelerating the innovative development of its medical education, by building  a number of high-level public health schools in the country’s topnotch universities.
  • China will expand its coverage of affordable and convenient flu vaccinations and strengthen its contagious disease monitoring system as it enters the flu season, by requiring local authorities to lower vaccine prices for key groups-which include medical workers, children, the elderly and those with chronic diseases, increase the number of flu vaccination sites and lengthen their operating hours.
  • China’s annual COVID-19 vaccine production capacity is expected to reach 610 million doses by the end of this year and more than 1 billion doses in 2021, an official from the National Health Commission (NHC) announced on Sept. 29
  • The number of internet users in China has reached 940 million as of June, accounting for one-fifth of the world’s total. The internet penetration rate in China reached 67 percent, about 5 percentage points higher than the global average
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