FAX | Filipino Association in Xiamen https://www.faxiamen.com Filipino Community in Xiamen, China Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:45:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 43969316 Over 40 People Came Into Contact With Virus Patient, and Yet https://www.faxiamen.com/blog/over-40-people-came-into-contact-with-virus-patient-and-yet/ https://www.faxiamen.com/blog/over-40-people-came-into-contact-with-virus-patient-and-yet/#respond Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:45:51 +0000 https://www.faxiamen.com/?p=5187 A man who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 on January 28 had already returned to his home in Shaanxi province after spending some time in Wuhan and is believed to have come into close contact with more than 40 people since then. Those include his parents, who have just recently been released from medical observation and declared non-infected.

How did all those people manage not to contract the virus despite being in contact with an infected patient?

First, masks are important.

The young man said he and his classmates bought medical n95 masks at the end of 2019 as soon as news first broke out about the virus on his WeChat Moments.

Since then, he’d been going grocery shopping and to restaurants always with a mask on.

Even on his way back from Wuhan to Zhengzhou in Henan province on January 22 and, subsequently, back to his home in Xi’an, he kept his mask on at all times.

And while that didn’t stop him from contracting the virus, he remained vigilant and mindful of everyone else’s health.

In addition to wearing a mask, it’s also important to limit your contact with others. To him, this meant not talking to anyone throughout his journey back home.

As he arrived in Xi ‘an late at night, he stayed in a hotel for one night and then went home, but did not go out that night.

After taking a bus home the next day, the young man chose to disinfect and quarantine his entire home. He swabbed his suitcase and phone with alcohol and persuaded his family to cancel their New Year’s Eve dinner.

Then he began to self-quarantine after reporting to the local government.

Netizens have been praising him for “doing the right thing”, especially as we’re still in a critical phase in our prevention against and control of the pandemic.

It’s not just up to the government and medical staff, but also up to us to maintain good levels of hygiene while making sure we’re not putting anyone else’s heath in jeopardy.

If you do have to go out, wash your hands frequently and please wear a mask.

Let’s work together in our fight against the virus.

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CoronaVirus Disease (COVID-19) in China https://www.faxiamen.com/news-updates/consulate/advisory/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-in-china/ https://www.faxiamen.com/news-updates/consulate/advisory/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-in-china/#respond Fri, 14 Feb 2020 07:31:45 +0000 https://www.faxiamen.com/?p=5178 The Philippine Consulate General in Xiamen is conducting a survey on a possible need for a special flight from Xiamen and/or Quanzhou (Jinjiang) to Manila to address the request by Filipinos who wish to return to the Philippines on a direct flight. If it is viable, the Philippine government will arrange with commercial airlines to push through with the plan It is important to note, however, that should a special flight be arranged, the airlines will be charging regular rates since this is a commercial and not a repatriation flight. Moreover, all returning Filipinos will be subject to quarantine per Department of Health (DOH) rules.

The Consulate General would appreciate receiving feedback through:

  • Duty Officers Number: 189 0592 1595
  • Assistance to Nationals (ATN) Number: 139 0603 6614
  • ATN WeChat account: (Scan QR code)
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BYD car company shifts production line to protective masks https://www.faxiamen.com/news/byd-car-company-shifts-production-line-to-protective-masks/ https://www.faxiamen.com/news/byd-car-company-shifts-production-line-to-protective-masks/#respond Fri, 14 Feb 2020 06:45:13 +0000 https://www.faxiamen.com/?p=5174 China’s leading new energy vehicle manufacturer BYD has crossed industrial boundaries to produce medical masks and disinfectant, Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Production and shipment will be expected on Feb 17. Daily production capacity on the masks will reach 5 million pieces and disinfectant will be 50,000 bottles, per the car maker’s Wechat account.

Production will be continued until the novel coronavirus outbreak is relieved or eliminated, the company said.

The masks have not yet been taken off the production line but the capacity is climbing, and pre-sales for individuals have not been started, a source from BYD told Nanfang Metropolis Daily.

At present, the masks will mainly supply severely epidemic-stricken areas, hospitals and anti-novel coronavirus departments and be sold at a fair price.

Other companies, including diaper manufacturer Daddybaby, car maker SGMW, Foxconn Technology Group and Sinopec, have turned factory lines into mask-making units.

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Epidemic experiences major slowdown https://www.faxiamen.com/news/epidemic-experiences-major-slowdown/ https://www.faxiamen.com/news/epidemic-experiences-major-slowdown/#respond Thu, 13 Feb 2020 18:55:15 +0000 https://www.faxiamen.com/?p=5171 The novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic is noticeably slowing down in China, with Hubei province, the center of the outbreak, recording the lowest number of new infections since late January and the rest of the country seeing the total confirmed cases decline for eight consecutive days.

Health experts have predicted that the peak of the epidemic will soon occur — maybe as early as middle to late February — if measures aimed at reducing population movement and expediting the isolation of infected patients continue to be stringently implemented.

The number of existing infections on the Chinese mainland rose by 2,015 to 38,800 on Tuesday, and the death toll went up by 97 to 1,113, according to the National Health Commission.

Compared with the daily peak of 3,887 new cases reported on Feb 4, the number of new infections on Tuesday has decreased by 48.2 percent, commission spokesman Mi Feng said on Wednesday.

The number of new suspected cases on Tuesday was 3,342, down 37.3 percent from the peak on Feb 5, and the recovery rate for infected patients jumped to 10.6 percent on Tuesday from a low of 1.3 percent on Jan 27, he added.

Hubei recorded 1,638 new confirmed cases on Tuesday, with 94 new fatalities. This is nearly half the peak of 3,156 new cases on Feb 4 and is the lowest number of new infections in 11 days, according to the provincial health commission.

In the Tibet autonomous region, the only confirmed patient of the virus has recovered and was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday, making the autonomous region the only provincial-level area in China without any confirmed or suspected infections.

Zhong Nanshan, a renowned respiratory expert who leads an official panel advising on controlling the virus, said on Tuesday that the epidemic will peak in middle or late February, followed by a plateau, and decrease again to end by April.

“Although in Wuhan, it (the situation) keeps changing, in other places like Guangdong and Zhe­jiang provinces, the number of newly diagnosed patients is gradually going down. That’s good news,” he said during an interview with Reuters.

Zeng Guang, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Wednesday that the ongoing slowdown started around Feb 5 when new infections outside Wuhan began dropping.

But he warned that the epidemic could rebound as an estimated 160 million people return to workplaces following the end of the Spring Festival break, with the Yangtze River Delta, the Pearl River Delta and the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region — key engines of the country’s economy — at the highest risk of seeing a surge in infections.

“The enormous number of people on the way are usually clustered in enclosed spaces, increasing the risk of virus transmission,” he said in an article published on his microblog on Sina, adding that “arduous efforts and refined measures” should be implemented.

“Whether the rebound will occur and its scale is closely related to the implementation of each area’s prevention work. After overcoming this barrier, we will be one step closer to making an objective prediction on the end of the battle,” he wrote.

Wang Guiqiang, head of the infectious disease center at Peking University’s First Hospital, also told Xinhua News Agency this week that the epidemic’s peak will soon come into sight as long as patients in Hubei are effectively quarantined and nationwide cases are detected rapidly.

Concerns addressed

As scientists are striving to unmask the novel coronavirus, some reports concerning the virus’s transmission path, incubation length and the test kit’s accuracy have caused concern among the public.

In response to online reports that the virus’s incubation period could be as long as 24 days based on a study from a research team headed by Zhong Nanshan, Zhong said on Tuesday that the prolonged incubation was found in only one of a total of 1,099 patients they had studied.

The median incubation period stands at about four days, he said.

Concerning aerosol transmission, which refers to the mixing of the virus with droplets in the air that cause infection after inhalation, Wang from Peking University’s First Hospital said that wearing masks in small, unventilated areas can protect against such infection, and the possibility of aerosol transmission is very low in outdoor spaces.

“As for the false negative results of nucleic acid testing, we have updated the treatment guideline by replacing throat swabs with nasal swabs to increase precision,” he said, adding that the nature of the virus determines that it is difficult to ensure the full accuracy of test results.

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WHO says advance squad already in China to fight novel coronavirus https://www.faxiamen.com/news/who-says-advance-squad-already-in-china-to-fight-novel-coronavirus/ https://www.faxiamen.com/news/who-says-advance-squad-already-in-china-to-fight-novel-coronavirus/#respond Tue, 11 Feb 2020 17:44:32 +0000 https://www.faxiamen.com/?p=5168 The chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday that an advance squad of the WHO-led team of international experts had already arrived in China to lay the groundwork for the rest of team members who will cooperate with their Chinese counterparts against the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The advance squad was led by Bruce Aylward, a Canadian epidemiologist and a “veteran of past public health emergencies,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, adding that Aylward will be working with his Chinese counterparts to make sure “we have the right expertise on the team to answer the right questions.”

The WHO chief said that the rest of the team will join them as soon as possible, which will make it a whole team of probably 10 experts.

“The team has been fully empowered by the WHO,” Tedros added, “these are experienced people, and they know what to do. We want them to be really free empowered and see things for themselves.”

Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, said that the team is a joint WHO-China mission to bring the best of science and public health minds from both China and the rest of the world.

Meanwhile, the WHO is to convene a global research and innovation forum on Tuesday and Wednesday to mobilize international action in response to the novel coronavirus.

“Bringing everybody together will give us a leapfrog moment in terms of coherence, priority setting, and the setting that roadmap, so that we all travel that road together in the coming months,” Ryan said.

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Repatriation flight from Wuhan back in Philippines https://www.faxiamen.com/news/repatriation-flight-from-wuhan-back-in-philippines/ https://www.faxiamen.com/news/repatriation-flight-from-wuhan-back-in-philippines/#respond Sun, 09 Feb 2020 07:31:46 +0000 https://www.faxiamen.com/?p=5165 MANILA, Philippines — The repatration flight carrying 30 Filipinos from Wuhan, the city of origin of the novel coronavirus (2019 nCoV), arrived in the Philippines on Sunday morning, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed.

According to the DFA, the flight arrived at Clark, Pampanga at 7 a.m. on Sunday.

The flight carried 29 adults and an infant, less than the 56 Filipinos who had expressed intent to be repatriated.

And official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government said on Saturday that Filipinos showing symptoms of 2019-nCoV would not be included in the repatriation operations.

Both the passengers and crew of the flight will be subject to a 14-day quarantine, which is how long the 2019 nCoV’s incubation period is, at the Athlete’s Village in New Clark City in Tarlac.

The crew consisting of DFA personnel Rowell Casaclang, Richard Delos Santos, Abdul Rahman Pacasum, Mark Anthony Geguera and Sanny Darren Bejarin was also accompanied by Department of Health members Dr. Neptali Labasan, Dr. Oliver Ray Macalinao, Rowell Divinagracia, Elmer Collong and Jose Juan to make up the government’s ten-member repatriation team.

Other nations, including Japan and the United States, have also opted to evacuate their people amid the spread of the virus.

President Rodrigo Duterte last week ordered a temporary travel ban on the Hubei Province, which is where Wuhan is located, after expressing reluctance to implement a ban of any sort due to its potential effects on diplomatic ties with China.

It was only after the first confirmed 2019 nCoV-linked death outside of China took place in the Philippines that the Chief Executive extended the travel suspension to include the entirety of mainland China along with its special administrative regions Hong Kong and Macau.

As of this writing, there are currently 267 persons under investigation for the novel coronavirus in the Philippines.

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30 Filipinos from nCoV-stricken Wuhan arrive in Philippines https://www.faxiamen.com/news/30-filipinos-from-ncov-stricken-wuhan-arrive-in-philippines/ https://www.faxiamen.com/news/30-filipinos-from-ncov-stricken-wuhan-arrive-in-philippines/#respond Sun, 09 Feb 2020 07:15:14 +0000 https://www.faxiamen.com/?p=5162 Thirty Filipinos from the Chinese city of Wuhan arrived Sunday morning in the Philippines, marking the country’s first evacuation of its nationals from the epicenter of the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that has already killed more than 800 people and infected over 37,000 others, mainly in China.

The repatriation of 29 Filipino adults and one infant replicates efforts of such other countries as the United States, Japan, and Singapore in bringing home their respective nationals amid the growing global concerns over the 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease.

The chartered Royal Air flight carrying the 30 repatriates and the 10-member government repatriation team landed around 7 a.m. at the Haribon hangar of the Philippine Air Force in Clark, Pampanga province, north of Manila.

“Upon their arrival, the Filipinos were safely and swiftly transferred from the plane into their dedicated buses, and brought to the Athletes’ Village in New Clark City in Tarlac, which will be their home for the 14-day quarantine period,” the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

There were some 150 Filipinos in Wuhan at the time of the start of the 2019-nCoV outbreak, according to the DFA.

The repatriated Filipinos will be provided with food, hygiene kits, other necessities, and will be given access to cellphones, according to Health Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo.

A mental health team will assess the Filipinos’ mental wellness on the third day of quarantine, he added.

The Philippines has so far monitored 267 patients suspected of carrying the new strain of virus, of whom 230 were admitted to hospitals and 19 were discharged. Three, all Chinese nationals, were confirmed to have acquired the virus.

The country recorded the first fatality outside of China with the death of a 44-year-old patient on Feb. 1.

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Shanghai reveals coronavirus transmission modes https://www.faxiamen.com/news/shanghai-reveals-coronavirus-transmission-modes/ https://www.faxiamen.com/news/shanghai-reveals-coronavirus-transmission-modes/#respond Sat, 08 Feb 2020 17:18:57 +0000 https://www.faxiamen.com/?p=5146 Confirmed transmission routes of the novel coronavirus include direct transmission, contact transmission and aerosol transmission, a Shanghai official said on Saturday.

“Aerosol transmission refers to the mixing of the virus with droplets in the air to form aerosols, which causes infection after inhalation, according to medical experts,” said Zeng Qun, deputy head of the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau.

“As such, we have called on the public to raise their awareness of the prevention and control of the disease caused by family gatherings,” said Zeng during a daily media briefing by the municipal government regarding efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

Experts explained that direct transmission refers to infection caused by inhalation of air close to a patient who sneezes and coughs, while contact transmission occurs when a person touches an object tainted with droplets containing the virus before infecting himself through subsequent contact with the membranes of his mouth, nose and eyes.

The government has urged residents to avoid gatherings, open windows to help with ventilation, practice good personal hygiene and regularly disinfect their homes, especially areas like door handles, dinner tables and toilet seats.

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Global immigration control measures amid virus control (3Feb20) https://www.faxiamen.com/news/global-immigration-control-measures-amid-virus-control-3feb20/ https://www.faxiamen.com/news/global-immigration-control-measures-amid-virus-control-3feb20/#respond Tue, 04 Feb 2020 14:43:39 +0000 https://www.faxiamen.com/?p=5140 In the wake of the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus, many countries and regions have implemented new immigration control measures as follows:

Flights to and from China have been suspended from February 2nd, 2020.

2. The Republic of Azerbaijan/阿塞拜疆
Starting from February 1st, 2020, services of issuing e-visa and visa on arrival at Baku international Airport have been suspended for Chinese citizens holding ordinary passports.

3. Australia/澳大利亚
Starting from February 1st, 2020, all people departing from mainland China have been prohibited from entering the country. (Australian citizens, permanent residents and his/her immediate family members, legal guardians or spouse excluded)
自2月1日起禁止所有从中国大陆出发的人员入境 (澳大利亚公民、永久居民以及其直系亲属法定监护人或配偶除外)。

4. Papua New Guinea/巴布亚新几内亚
All people who have travelled to Hubei Province in the past three weeks are banned from entering the country. The other passengers have to take health tests and fill in health declaration forms before getting on Papua New Guinea-bound flights.

5. Pakistan/巴基斯坦
All Chinese citizens entering the country are required to fill in the questionnaire on suspected coronavirus and be treated in isolation for 14 days after entry.

6. Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands(Saipan)/北马里亚纳群岛联邦(塞班岛)
All passengers from mainland China (regardless of their nationality, including direct or transit flights) have been temporarily banned from entering the region for 30 days starting from January 29th, 2020.

7. North Korea/朝鲜
Chinese citizens are temporarily prohibited from entering the country, and all recent travellers, including North Korean citizens, are subject to 30 days of isolation observation.

8. Equatorial Guinea/赤道几内亚
From January 31st, 2020, all passengers from China’s airports aren’t allowed to enter Equatorial Guinea, and have to returned by the original flights.

9. Russia/俄罗斯
1) Russia suspended the issuance of work visas and tourist e-visas for Chinese citizens, and the visa-free travel of Chinese tourist groups.
2) It temporarily closed all Russia-China border ports, and banned Chinese citizens from entering Russia through Mongolia.
3) Body temperature examination for incoming passengers at international airports such as Moscow and Yekaterinburg.
4) In addition, all entry personnel shall be subject to health quarantine and temperature measurement at frontier inspection stations in the coastal area, and those with suspicious symptoms shall be isolated.

10. Republic of the Philippines/菲律宾
The Philippine temporarily tightened the issuance of visas to Chinese Hubei citizens, and suspended the issuance of visa on arrival to Chinese citizens.

11. Fiji/斐济
Fiji bans entry and flight transit of non-Fiji citizens who have traveled to China in the past 14 days. The ban is effective February 2nd, 2020 until further notice.

12. The Republic of Congo/刚果(布)
Visitors from “high risk countries” will be treated in isolation for 14 days at a hotel in the outskirts of the capital Brazzaville.

13. Grenada/格林纳达
Starting from February 2nd, 2020, foreign tourists visiting China in the past 14 days are prohibited from entering the country.

14. Kazakhstan/哈萨克斯坦
The 72-hour visa-free transit policy for Chinese citizens will be suspended until July 1st, 2020. Kazakhstan will suspend work on the Horgos Border Cooperation Center. Land and air passenger transport between Kazakhstan and mainland China has been temporarily suspended, and visa issuance to Chinese citizens has also been suspended.

15. South Korea/韩国
Starting from February 4th, 2020, all foreign nationals who have visited China’s Hubei Province in the past 14 days are prohibited from entering the country. Visa-on-arrival on Jeju Island is also temporarily suspended.

16. Kyrgyzstan/吉尔吉斯斯坦
The border port between Kyrgyzstan and China has been temporarily closed from February 1st, 2020. And all flights between the two countries and visa issuance to Chinese citizens have also been suspended.

17. Czech Republic/捷克
No visa applications for Chinese citizens from January 30th, 2020.

18. Kuwait/科威特
People holding Chinese passports and Hong Kong SAR passports, as well as persons of other nationalities who have entered or stayed in mainland China and Hong Kong in the past two weeks, are prohibited from entering the country.

19. Maldives/马尔代夫
Direct flights between China and Maldives have been suspended from January 31st, 2020.

20. Malaysia/马来西亚
Malaysia suspended all visa and entry convenience measures for Hubei citizens of China.
1) Prohibit the entry of Hubei citizens of China. All ports in Malaysia will screen the passports’ issuing place and air ticket information of passengers. You will be denied entry if you have passports with issuing place of Hubei Province, records of visiting Hubei Province in the past month, and the air tickets featuring departure place of Hubei Province;
2) All Chinese and other international passengers are required to have their body temperature tested at the International Immigration arrival. All passengers who are refused to enter Malaysia will be arranged by their airlines for follow-up return;
3) If they are not within the above-mentioned restricted entry scope, but born in Hubei, the Immigration Bureau of Malaysia has the right to further inquire and check the air tickets, and release them after confirming that there is no problem, and the passengers need to prepare the itinerary information of nearly 2 to 3 months and the itinerary list of round-trip air tickets for inspection;
4) Sabah of Malaysia does not allow Chinese citizens to enter through direct flights.
5) Sarawak of Malaysia prohibits all Chinese citizens and foreigners who have visited China in the past 14 days from entering Sarawak. The date of lifting the ban will be further notified. Foreigners with work visa, study visa and long-term residence permit are excluded, but must be forced to stay home in quarantine for 14 days.
马来西亚沙捞越州禁止所有中国公民以及在过去14内到访过中国的外籍人员进入沙捞越, 解禁日期另行通知。持工作签证、留学签证以及长期居留许可的外籍人员除外,但必须强制居家隔离14天。

21. Marshall Islands/马绍尔群岛
Any passenger from or transit through China must stay in a country which is not affected by the new coronavirus (China is currently identified by the Marshall Islands as the only affected country) for at least 14 days, and those arriving in less than 14 days will be refused entry.

22. America/美国
1) Foreigners who have visited China in the past 14 days (excluding immediate family members of US citizens and permanent residents) have been temporarily banned from entering America from 5 p.m. on February 2nd, 2020.
2) Flights from China will only be allowed to enter seven airports in the United States, namely, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta and Honolulu, so as to screen passengers.
3) The official website of the U.S. Embassy in China announced that it would cancel the appointment interview of all immigrant and non-immigrant visas during the week from February 3nd to February 7th, 2020, and the specific time to resume visa service is still uncertain.

23. Mongolia/蒙古
From February 1st to March 2nd, 2020, it is forbidden for Chinese citizens and third-party national tourists passing through China to enter Mongolia.

24. Bangladesh/孟加拉国
Starting from February 2nd, 2020, Bangladesh has suspended the visa on arrival for Chinese citizens. The Chinese citizens are required to obtain a visa before entering the country.

25. Burma/缅甸
The service of issuing visa on arrival to Chinese tourists has been suspended from February 1st, 2020, and will resume as the conditions permit.

26. Japan/日本
Starting from February 1st, 2020, foreigners who have stayed in Hubei Province within 14 days before the date of application for entry, and Chinese who hold Chinese passports issued by Hubei Province shall be refused entry.

27. The Republic of El Salvador/萨尔瓦多
Starting from January 1st, 2020, The Republic of El Salvador bans entry of foreign nationals who have been in China in recent days.

28. Samoa/萨摩亚
All visitors are required to fill in a special health declaration card and show the certificate issued by the hospital within three days before departure. Personnel from countries affected by the new coronavirus must stay for 14 days in countries where no new coronavirus has been found before arriving in Samoa, and issue relevant physical examination certificate, otherwise they may be refused entry.

29. Sri Lanka/斯里兰卡
Chinese tourists visiting Sri Lanka must apply for electronic travel permit (EIA) on the website in advance. The Bandaranaike International Airport in Sri Lanka no longer accepts visa on arrival application from Chinese tourists. All airlines shall issue boarding passes after confirming that Chinese tourists hold e-Travel permits.

30.Trinidad and Tobago/特立尼达和多巴哥
Passengers coming from or passing through China, regardless of their nationalities, are not allowed to entry the country for 14 days after leaving China.

31. Brunei Darussalam/文莱
Brunei Darussalam continues to issue visa on arrival to Chinese citizens. Chinese citizens from Hubei Province or visitors with passports issued in Hubei Province and who were in Hubei province within the past 14 days before arriving in Brunei Darussalam are also barred from entry into the country, with the exception of the citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam.

32. Uzbekistan/乌玆别克斯坦
Uzbekistan has suspended all flights to and from China starting February 1st, 2020.

33. Singapore/新加坡
Starting from February 2nd, 2020, Singapore blocked the entry and transit of people who had traveled to mainland China in the previous 14 days. Singapore has stopped issuing visas to Chinese citizens with passports. The provisions of previously issued short-term visas, multiple-visit visas and visa-free transit facilities for such travelers are also suspended. New permanent residents and long-term permit holders can enter Singapore and apply for 14 -days leave on their own initiative.

34. New Zealand/新西兰
Starting from February 3rd, 2020, New Zealand denies entry to foreigners traveling from or transiting through mainland China. The ban will last up to 14 days and will be reassessed after that.

35. Armenia/亚美尼亚
Starting from February 1st to March 31st, 2020, Armenia suspends its visa-free agreement with China.

36. Iraq/伊拉克
Chinese citizens are prohibited from entering Iraq through border ports and airports. The ban lasts up to one month.

37. Israel/以色列
Starting February 3rd, 2020, all commercial flights running between mainland China and Israel have been temporarily suspended. Foreigners who have visited China in the past two weeks and non-permanent residents will be prohibited from entering the country until further notice.

38. Italy/意大利
Italy declared a state of emergency and canceled all direct flights between China and Italy.

39. India/印度
The service of issuing E-visas to Chinese passport holders and applicants of other nationalities residing in China stands temporarily suspended. This also applies to the aforementioned people holding E-visas.

40. Indonesia/印度尼西亚
The 135 entry-exit ports across the country have strengthened quarantine measures for passengers on direct flights departing from mainland China and Hong Kong to Indonesia, as well as the passengers with a transit in Thailand, Singapore and other countries on their way to Indonesia. Temperature detection equipment has been installed at ports all over the country. Passengers are required to fill in the declaration card and take it with them for 1-2 weeks when they enter the country.

41. Iran/伊朗
Direct flights between China and Iran have been temporarily suspended, but there is no restrictions on passengers passing through a third country.

42. Vietnam/越南
Vietnam halts issuance of tourist visas to those staying in China in the last two weeks starting January 31st, 2020. Vietnam also suspends all flights to and from China. Besides, entry and exit applications at the Dongxing – Mong Cai border-crossing are also barred.

43. Chad/乍得
All passengers arriving at Chad will undergo temperature checks and hand disinfection at the N’Djamena International Airport. All passengers from Wuhan will be required for a 14-day medical observation.

44. Albania, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Ethiopia, Angola, Bahrain, Brazil, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Iceland, Poland, Germany, East Timor, Dominica, France, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Djibouti, Canada, Ghana, Gabon, Zimbabwe, Comoros, Laos, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mexico, South Africa, Nepal, Nigeria, Serbia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Greece, the UK and Chile

Visitors to these countries will undergo stricter temperature checks and any suspected cases will be immediately taken in isolation. Some countries will require Chinese citizens to fill out and submit health declaration forms. (The forms are generally provided by the staff on the transportation means such as flights or at the entry site of the destination country, which shall be filled in as required and submitted at the time of entry. Specific information are subject to the destination country’s requirements)

阿尔巴尼亚, 阿富汗, 阿联酋, 埃及, 埃塞俄比亚, 安哥拉, 巴林, 巴西, 保加利亚, 北马其顿, 冰岛, 波兰, 德国, 东帝汶, 多米尼加, 法国, 刚果(金), 格鲁吉亚,吉布提, 加拿大, 加纳, 加蓬, 津巴布韦, 科摩罗, 老挝, 黎巴嫩, 马达加斯加, 毛里塔尼亚, 墨西哥, 南非, 尼泊尔, 尼日利亚, 塞尔维亚, 塔吉克斯坦, 泰国, 土耳其, 土库曼斯坦, 乌克兰, 希腊, 英国, 智利


Note: Data deadline of this article is as of February 3rd, 2020. For reference only, and it is subject to official update.

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Xi Focus: Commanding China’s fight against novel coronavirus outbreak https://www.faxiamen.com/news/xi-focus-commanding-chinas-fight-against-novel-coronavirus-outbreak/ https://www.faxiamen.com/news/xi-focus-commanding-chinas-fight-against-novel-coronavirus-outbreak/#respond Mon, 03 Feb 2020 12:41:03 +0000 https://www.faxiamen.com/?p=5137 BEIJING, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) — A new hospital built in just ten days in a Chinese city hit hardest by the novel coronavirus outbreak will soon start operation.

Approved by Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping, 1,400 medical staff from the armed forces are tasked with treating patients in the 1,000-bed Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan starting from Monday.

This is the latest development in the Chinese people’s critical battle against the novel coronavirus outbreak, with the number of cumulative confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland reaching 14,380 by the end of Saturday.

Commanding this fight is President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

Under Xi’s leadership, China has taken unprecedented measures to contain the outbreak, pooling national medical personnel and supplies to the hardest hit regions, building new hospitals, extending the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, postponing the opening dates for schools and businesses, and imposing travel restrictions.

The nation is currently experiencing a peak period of confirmed cases. With prevention and control measures in place, the number of future infections will be significantly reduced, said Li Lanjuan, a renowned Chinese epidemiologist.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said China’s measures are not only protecting its people, but also protecting the people in the whole world.

President Xi’s personal guidance and deployment show his great leadership capability, Tedros said.


Over the past few weeks, Xi has called multiple meetings, heard reports and made important instructions on the prevention and control work.

The message is crystal clear: people always come first.

Before the Chinese Lunar New Year, as the epidemic spread, Xi ordered resolute efforts to curb the spread, stressing people’s lives and health as the top priority.

On Jan. 25, the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Xi chaired a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee. He reiterated putting people’s lives and health as the top priority and ordered Party committees and governments at all levels to take novel coronavirus outbreak prevention and control as the most important task.

On Jan. 27, in an instruction to Party organizations, members and officials, Xi asked them to keep in mind that the people’s interests are the highest priority in the current arduous battle.

Xi said in an instruction to the military that the epidemic prevention and control remained grim and complex and demanded the armed forces shoulder their responsibility, fight the hard battle and actively assist local authorities in fighting the epidemic.


Following a unified command and pooling together efforts from all sectors are key to China’s battle against the novel coronavirus outbreak.

At the Jan. 25 meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, a central leading group was set up to form a unified command to oversee the prevention and control work in different localities.

In the Jan. 27 instruction, Xi asked Party organizations, officials and members to unite the people in resolutely implementing the decisions and arrangements of the CPC Central Committee, to let the Party flag “fly high at the frontline of the battleground.”

On Jan. 28, Xi told Tedros that China has full confidence and capability to win the battle against the virus with concerted efforts, scientific containment and targeted policies under the strong leadership of the CPC.

The joint task mechanism was repeatedly stressed. It would help fortify a strong defense against the outbreak by mass participation, according to Xi.


As the virus is highly contagious, the entire world is looking to China’s prevention and control efforts.

Xi has stressed releasing information in a timely manner and deepening international cooperation.

The Jan. 25 meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee underscored the timely, accurate and transparent release of information to address concerns from home and abroad.

Xi told Tedros that China attaches great importance to the cooperation with the WHO.

China is ready to work with the WHO as well as the international community to safeguard regional and global public health security, Xi said.

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