Virus-hit Wuhan's volunteer project attracts more than 10,000 applicants

Monday, 2020-02-24 10:22:40
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The eighth batch of medical team comprising 201 medical personnel from Heilongjiang Province left for Hubei Province on Sunday to help fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak there. So far, Heilongjiang has dispatched some 1,533 medical personnel to Hubei. (Photo: Xinhua)
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A volunteer project has attracted more than 10,000 applicants in Wuhan, epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in central China's Hubei Province, shortly after its kick-off.

Authorities announced the recruitment on Sunday (February 23) morning to help Wuhan residents, who are required to stay home as part of the epidemic prevention and control methods, buy crops and vegetables in downtown areas. The volunteers will also be running errands for them.

"I saw the recruitment in our community's chatting group," said Zhou Qing, a college teacher. "I knew that there is a shortage of hands in the community, so I applied."

Masks, gloves and in some cases protective suits, are available for the volunteers, said Zhou Lin, a community official.

Since the outbreak, more than 50,000 people have volunteered to work in residential communities, said Chen Qiangsheng, with the city's publicity department.

* Chinese health authority Monday (February 24) said it received reports of 409 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection and 150 deaths on Sunday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.

Among the deaths, 149 were in Hubei Province and one in Hainan Province, according to the National Health Commission.

* China's daily number of newly cured and discharged novel coronavirus patients has surpassed that of new confirmed infections for the sixth consecutive day, according to the National Health Commission Monday.

Sunday saw 1,846 people walk out of hospital after recovery, much higher than the number of the same day's new confirmed infections, which was 409, figures from the commission showed.

A total of 24,734 patients infected with the novel coronavirus had been discharged from hospital after recovery by the end of Sunday, according to the commission.

Sunday marked the fifth consecutive day that China's daily number of new infections remained under 1,000.

The newly recovered coronavirus patients in both Hubei Province and its capital city of Wuhan outnumbered new infections Sunday, according to the figures.

* Beijing's health campaign has covered close to 7,000 districts and villages since it was launched in mid-January, local authorities said Sunday. The project aims to maintain a clean environment and stop disease transmission by preventing and controlling virus-containing media during the winter and spring seasons, said Gao Xiaojun, with the Beijing Municipal Health Commission.

* South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has sent 912 medical workers, including 329 from ethnic minority groups, to the hardest-hit Hubei province amid coronavirus outbreak, local authorities said.

The 7th batch of 193 medical workers with an average age of 33.5 arrived in Hubei on February 21. Among them, 66 are from different minority groups such as Zhuang, Yao and Miao nationalities.

Xinhua