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Guangdong confirms 1131 cases in total, and overseas donations tax free

2020-February-9       Source: Newsgd.com

As of 12 pm, February 9th, Guangdong has confirmed 11 new cases, pushing the total number of infected patients to 1131.

As of 12 pm, February 9th, Guangdong has confirmed 11 new cases, pushing the total number of infected patients to 1131.

Three recoveries were reported on February 9th.

Shaoguan, Qingyuan, Zhaoqing, Yangjiang, Zhuhai, Huizhou, Heyuan, Meizhou, Shanwei, Jieyang, Shantou and Chaozhou reported no new cases on February 8th.

The 15th press conference on Guangdong's fight against the coronavirus (NCP) was held in Guangzhou today.

The 15th press conference on Guangdong's fight against the coronavirus (NCP) is held in Guangzhou on February 9th, 2020. (Photo: Nian Qing)

As of 12pm, February 9th, Guangdong people from all walks of life have donated a total of 2.49 billion RMB worth of goods and medical supplies for prevention and control of the spread of the epidemic, according to Chen Qi, deputy director-general of the Department of Civil Affairs of Guangdong Province.

These supplies consist of 14.09 million masks (including 510,000 N95 masks), 180,000 protective suits, 30,000 pieces of insulated clothing, 210,000 goggles, and 2.11 million pairs of medical gloves.

“This is the first large-scale donation from the people after the implementation of the Charity Law of the People's Republic of China,” Chen Qi said, “Both the donees and donators should make sure that the donated supplies are used for the epidemic prevention and control.”

Chen Qi stressed that the civil affairs department publishes the donation via GRT News every day to guarantee transparency.

In addition, the department has launched a 24h hotline 12349 for complaints. If you find any organization or individual to have solicited contributions illegally or retained, embezzled or pocketed donations, call 12349.

People who just came back from a South Pole tour donate medical supplies to Guangdong on February 8th. (Photo: Shi Lei)

Organizations or individuals can both make a donation through the red cross society or other charities or donate money or supplies directly to the hospitals or organizations, according to Chen Qi.

In an effort to simplify the customs clearance procedures for donated supplies provided by overseas individuals and organizations, the Department of Civil Affairs of Guangdong Province and the Guangdong Branch of the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) have jointly designated 38 organizations as the donees of prevention supplies donated from abroad, and set up green channels accordingly.

Enterprises, organizations and individuals from both China and abroad can donate imported supplies via the Guangdong Red Cross and the Guangdong Charity Federation, tax free, according to the latest document jointly published by the Ministry of Finance, the GACC and the State Taxation Administration.

“Imported prevention supplies can be cleared by customs based on relevant documentary evidence, with catch-up customs formalities to be finished later,” Liu Hong said.

Liu, deputy director-general of the Guangdong Branch of the GACC, also pointed out that no additional tariffs will be imposed on supplies imported from the USA.

Liu stressed that the customs won’t hold back or confiscate any supplies for epidemic prevention and control.

Hotline for foreigners in Guangdong

Starting from the midnight of Feb. 8th of the year 2020, a 24 hour English and Chinese hot-line set by Guangdong Foreign Affairs Office will open to public. During the period of prevention and control over novel coronavirus, foreign nationals in Guangdong province can call 1258088 for inquiries or assistance at anytime.

Deng Hong, host of the 15th press conference on Guangdong's fight against the coronavirus (NCP) (Photo: Nian Qing)

More medical staff from Guangdong set off for Hubei to aid coronavirus control efforts

According to the Health Commission of Guangdong Province, Guangdong is sending another two teams of medical staff, totalling 442 members to Hubei to aid the coronavirus control efforts there.

Medical staff from the Second Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University set off for Wuhan on the morning of February 7th. (Photo: Xiao Xiong)

The 133-member team from the Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University will take over one ICU of the Wuhan Tongji Hospital (Guanggu District). The other team comprises 309 medical workers chosen from 21 cities across the province.

Guangdong previously sent a total of 738 medical workers to Wuhan, engaging in medical rescue services, intensive care, nursing, emergency pathogen detection and emergency testing.

Author | Monica, Steven, Zoey (intern)

Editor | Simon, Olivia

Editor: Monica Liu

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