China Coronavirus Updates: Latest Developments and Business Advisory

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(This article will be updated continuously. It was last updated on December 4, 2020. The data is as of 24:00 the previous day.)

Latest COVID-19 updates

  • December 4 – China reported 17 new confirmed cases: 15 imported from abroad (9 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Fujian, 2 cases in Henan, 1 case in Shandong, and 1 case in Guangdong), and 2 local cases (all in Inner Mongolia); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case (imported from abroad in Shanghai). There were 12 new cases of asymptomatic infection (all imported from abroad); 249 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (243 cases imported from abroad).
  • December 3 China reported 16 new confirmed cases, all imported from abroad (8 cases in Shanghai, 4 cases in Guangdong, 2 cases in Shandong, 1 case in Hubei, and 1 case in Shaanxi); no new deaths; 2 new suspected cases (all imported cases in Shanghai). There were 6 new cases of asymptomatic infection (5 cases imported from abroad); 254 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (248 cases imported from abroad).
  • Joint ventures (JVs) present foreign investors in China with a unique blend of capital, know-how, and assets, and enables them to gain a foothold in a new market. However, JVs also raise concerns regarding legal control and oversight of financial and operational activities. In 2020, these concerns were compounded by travel restrictions due to the pandemic, which compromised the ability of many foreign investors to directly supervise their joint venture in China. China Briefing presents two actual joint venture case studies of fraudulent activity detected at, both, the shareholder and management levels, and discusses some of the ways to mitigate exposure to these risks. Read it here: Managing Risks Within Joint Ventures in China.
  • December 2 – China reported 9 new confirmed cases: 7 imported from abroad (3 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Shanghai, 1 case in Fujian, 1 case in Henan, and 1 case in Shaanxi) and 2 local cases (all in Inner Mongolia); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case (imported from abroad in Shanghai). There were 3 new cases of asymptomatic infection (1 imported from abroad); 259 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (254 cases imported from abroad).
  • December 1 China reported 12 new confirmed cases: 8 imported from abroad (2 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Fujian, 2 cases in Sichuan, 1 case in Beijing, and 1 case in Shaanxi) and 4 local cases (all in Inner Mongolia); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 5 new cases of asymptomatic infection (4 imported from abroad); 264 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (259 cases imported from abroad).
  • The border city of Manzhouli (China’s largest land port) in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has overall confirmed 14 local cases, 4 asymptomatic cases, and 2 suspected cases. Their 940 close contacts have been placed under medical observation. The autonomous region has also reported 4 imported cases. Epidemiological surveys and source tracing work are underway regarding the cases that have tested positive. Manzhouli had launched its first round of city-wide nucleic acid testing on November 22, and the second round of tests on Friday.
  • November 30 China reported 18 new confirmed cases,15 imported from abroad (5 cases in Shanghai, 5 cases in Shandong, 3 cases in Sichuan, 1 case in Shanxi, and 1 case in Guangdong), and 3 local cases (all in Inner Mongolia); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 17 new cases of asymptomatic infection (14 imported from abroad); 281 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (274 cases imported from abroad).
  • November 29 China reported 11 new confirmed cases, all imported from abroad (4 cases in Fujian, 3 cases in Shanghai, 1 case in Sichuan, 1 case in Yunnan, 1 case in Shaanxi, and 1 case in Gansu); no new deaths; 4 new suspected cases (all imported cases in Shanghai). There were 10 new cases of asymptomatic infection (9 imported from abroad); 279 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (274 cases imported from abroad).
  • November 28 – China reported 6 new confirmed cases, all imported from abroad (2 cases in Fujian, 1 case in Tianjin, 1 case in Zhejiang, 1 case in Sichuan, and 1 case in Yunnan); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 4 new cases of asymptomatic infection (all imported from abroad); 288 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (284 cases imported from abroad).
  • November 27 – China reported 5 new confirmed cases, all imported from abroad (3 cases in Shanghai, 1 case in Fujian, and 1 case in Shaanxi). There were 8 new cases of asymptomatic infection (all imported from abroad); 308 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (304 cases imported from abroad).
  • Inner Mongolia reported 9 domestically transmitted cases on November 26, bringing the total count for the province’s recent outbreak to 11, since the two local confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported on November 21. The 9 confirmed cases all live in Manzhouli City, same as the two initial cases in a couple. After identifying the two initial cases, Manzhouli City has tested all its 203,326 residents, and all 443 close contacts have been traced and quarantined for observation. A strict lockdown has been enforced in the city as well. Further epidemiological investigations are still underway. Some official sources said that the two initial cases’ virus was “highly similar” to a strain circulating in Russia.
  • November 26 – China reported 21 new confirmed cases: 12 imported cases (5 cases in Shanghai, 4 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Jiangsu, 1 case in Fujian, and 1 case in Sichuan) and 9 local cases (all in Inner Mongolia); no new deaths; 3 new suspected cases (2 imported cases in Shanghai and 1 local case in Inner Mongolia). There were 5 new cases of asymptomatic infection (4 imported from abroad); 321 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (317 cases imported from abroad).
  • November 25 – China reported 5 imported cases (2 cases in Shanghai, 1 case in Fujian, 1 case in Guangdong, and 1 case in Shaanxi); no new deaths; 1 new local suspected case in Inner Mongolia. There were 6 new cases of asymptomatic infection (all imported from abroad); 335 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (330 cases imported from abroad).
  • November 24 – China reported 22 new confirmed cases: 20 imported cases (4 cases in Fujian, 4 cases in Guangdong, 3 cases in Shanghai, 3 cases in Sichuan, 2 cases in Jiangsu, 2 cases in Shaanxi, 1 case in Henan, and 1 case in Inner Mongolia) and 2 local cases (1 in Tianjin and 1 in Shanghai); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case imported from abroad in Shanghai. There were 8 new cases of asymptomatic infection (all imported from abroad); 348 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (345 cases imported from abroad).
  • Tianjin reported 1 domestically transmitted case on November 23. The patient was previously diagnosed as asymptomatic, but the CT scan showed the disease has progressed in the lung.
  • Shanghai reported 1 domestically transmitted case on November 23. The new confirmed case is a FedEx (China) employee, who also works at the cargo terminal at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. In addition, according to the investigation result released by the government, the November 9 case in Shanghai and the November 10 case in Anhui can be connected to a container that arrived on a flight from North America. Both entered and cleaned the container without wearing a mask. Still, there is no established link between the first two cases and the most recent ones.
  • With winter approaching, sporadic outbreaks of COVID-19 are starting to occur more frequently.
    Shanghai
    reported two locally transmitted cases on November 20 in a married couple in the city’s Pudong New Area. The husband, 39-years-old, works as an airport freight security checker at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, and the wife, 34-years-old, works as a nurse at Shanghai Pudong Hospital. On November 21, Shanghai reported another new conformed local case. The man, 29-years-old, is the colleague of the November 20 confirmed case, who works at the cargo terminal at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. On November 22, Shanghai reported two locally transmitted cases again. One of the confirmed cases is the colleague of the November 20 confirmed case, who works at the cargo terminal at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Another confirmed case is the wife of the November 21 confirmed cases. The recent confirmed cases are unrelated to the previous local case confirmed on November 9, but are related to logistics at the airport. The risk of virus being imported through international logistics is of great concern to health authorities. Shanghai Pudong International Airport started night testing all staff from November 22.
    Tianjin reported another domestically transmitted COVID-19 case on November 21 besides the  four confirmed cases from the Kanhaixuan residential community in Tianjin. The new confirmed case is a close contact of the personnel exposed to a cold storage facility in Dongli District.
    Inner Mongolia reported two new domestically confirmed cases on November 21, both of whom live in Manzhouli City. An epidemiological investigation has been launched.
  • November 23 – China reported 11 new confirmed cases: 9 imported cases (4 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Beijing, 1 case in Shanghai, 1 case in Tianjin, 1 case in Fujian, 1 case in Shaanxi), and 2 local cases (in Shanghai); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 10 new cases of asymptomatic infection (all imported from abroad); 357 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (353 cases imported from abroad).
  • November 22 – China reported 17 new confirmed cases: 14 imported cases (4 cases in Fujian, 3 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Shaanxi, 1 case in Beijing, 1 case in Tianjin, 1 case in Zhejiang, 1 case in Guangxi, 1 case in Sichuan) and 3 local cases (2 cases in Inner Mongolia, 1 case in Shanghai); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 11 new cases of asymptomatic infection (all imported from abroad); 385 cases of asymptomatic infection were still under medical observation (361 cases imported from abroad).
  • November 21 – China reported 16 new confirmed cases: 9 imported cases (all in Shanghai) and 7 domestically transmitted cases (5 cases in Tianjin, 2 cases in Shanghai); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 18 new cases of asymptomatic infection (all imported from abroad); 378 cases of asymptomatic infection were under medical observation (374 cases imported from abroad).
  • Tianjin reported four domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases on November 20. The four confirmed cases are from the same residential community/neighborhoods (Kanhaixuan Community) near the Dongjiang Port Area and had tested positive the night of November 19.
    Previously on November 10, the currently four confirmed cases had tested negative after Tianjin’s third asymptomatic case (living in the same residential community/neighborhoods) had tested positive in a nucleic acid test. The said community has been listed as a high-risk area as of this morning (November 20). All close contacts are being quarantined and tested. All areas where the patients and their close contacts live have been put under control.
  • November 20 China reported 17 imported cases (6 cases in Fujian, 4 cases in Shanghai, 3 cases in Shaanxi, 2 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Beijing, 1 case in Sichuan); no new deaths; 1 new suspected cases in Tianjin. There were 14 new cases of asymptomatic infection (all imported from abroad); 373 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (367 cases imported from abroad).
  • November 19 China reported 12 imported cases (3 cases in Sichuan, 2 cases in Fujian, 2 cases in Guangxi, 1 case in Inner Mongolia, 1 case in Shanghai, 1 case in Zhejiang, 1 case in Guangdong, and 1 case in Chongqing); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 10 new asymptomatic infections (9 imported from abroad); 419 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (379 cases imported from abroad).
  • November 18 – China reported 8 imported cases (4 cases in Shanghai, 1 case in Shanxi, 1 case in Liaoning, and 1 case in Guangdong) and 1 local case (in Tianjin); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 5 new cases of asymptomatic infection (4 imported from abroad); 456 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (387 cases imported from abroad).
  • November 17 – China reported 15 new confirmed cases – all imported from abroad (6 cases in Sichuan, 4 cases in Shanghai, 3 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Tianjin, 1 case in Shandong); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 12 new cases of asymptomatic infection (all imported from abroad); 512 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (406 cases imported from abroad).
  • November 16 – China reported 8 new confirmed cases – all imported from abroad (3 cases in Sichuan, 2 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Shanxi, 1 case in Jiangsu, and 1 case in Shaanxi); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case, imported from abroad (in Shanghai). There were 14 new cases of asymptomatic infection (all imported from abroad); 548 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (416 cases imported from abroad).
  • November 15 – China reported 13 new confirmed cases – all imported from abroad (3 cases in Guangdong, 3 cases in Yunnan, 2 cases in Tianjin, 2 case in Shaanxi, 1 case in shanghai, 1 case in Henan, 1 case in Hubei); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case, imported from abroad (in Shanghai). There were 6 new cases of asymptomatic infection (all imported from abroad); 613 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (423 cases imported from abroad).
  • November 14 – China reported 18 new confirmed cases – all imported from abroad (7 cases in Guangdong, 5 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Tianjin, 2 cases in Liaoning, 1 case in Fujian, 1 case in Shaanxi); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 10 new cases of asymptomatic infection (all imported from abroad); 648 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (434 cases imported from abroad).
  • November 13 – China reported 8 new confirmed cases – all imported from abroad (3 cases in Shanghai, 1 case in Inner Mongolia, 1 case in Henan, 1 case in Sichuan, 1 case in Shaanxi, and 1 case in Gansu); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 15 new cases of asymptomatic infection (all imported from abroad); 697 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (450 cases imported from abroad).
  • November 12 – China reported 14 imported cases (4 cases in Shanghai, 4 cases in Sichuan, 2 cases in Shaanxi, 1 case in Tianjin, 1 case in Inner Mongolia, 1 case in Fujian, and 1 case in Guangdong) and 1 local case (in Tianjin); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case, imported from abroad in Shanghai. There were 6 new cases of asymptomatic infection (all imported from abroad); 728 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (457 cases imported from abroad).
  • Anhui province reported one domestically transmitted COVID-19 case on November 10. The confirmed case is a 50-year old man who was found to be a close contact of the confirmed case reported in Shanghai on November 9. He worked as a porter at the Pudong International Airport and returned to Fuyang, Anhui province on November 5. A total of 34 people in close contact with the patient have been established, 17 of whom have been sampled for nucleic acid test. Four residential communities where the patient and his close contact live have been disinfected.
  • November 11 – China reported 16 imported cases (6 cases in Tianjin, 5 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Sichuan, 1 case in Liaoning, 1 case in Jiangsu, 1 case in Shaanxi) and 1 local case (in Anhui); no new deaths; no new suspected case. There were 15 new cases of asymptomatic infection (13 imported from abroad); 776 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (480 cases imported from abroad).
  • In light of recent developments, China Briefing has updated the article: Exporting Meat Products to China During COVID-19: What You Need to Know. With more cases of COVID-19 linked to frozen food emerging in China, the State Council released the Circular on the Work Plan of Preventive Comprehensive Disinfection of Imported Cold Chain Foods on November 8, 2020, requiring that the imported cold chain food undergo thorough preventive disinfection before coming into contact with domestic personnel for the first time.
  • Shanghai reported one domestically transmitted COVID-19 case on November 9. The confirmed case is a 51-year old man who was engaged in handling work at the freight terminal of Pudong Airport starting April 8, 2020 and has not left Shanghai since. He has no travel history in a medium-high risk area within 14 days before onset of illness, no contact history with a novel coronavirus infected patient, and no medical treatment history in other medical institutions in the past three months. He was found to have multiple ground glass patterns in both lungs when he went to the local fever clinic on November 8 for fever, nasal congestion, and weakness. He was isolated immediately according to standard protocols and tested positive for the virus on November 9.
    A total of 26 people in close contact with the patient in Shanghai have been tracked and put under isolated observation. All places where the patient had visited have been disinfected. The nucleic acid test results of 23 close contacts were negative, among which four family members were negative, 16 colleagues were negative, and three market personnel were negative. The other three market personnel are still waiting for test results.
    The patient himself has not been exposed to frozen food recently, and the work he was engaged in and his movements tracked before diagnosis are not related to the third Expo.
    Yingqian Village, Zhuqiao Town, and Pudong New Area, where the patient lives, is listed as a medium-risk area, while the risk level of other regions in Shanghai remain unchanged.
  • November 10 – China reported 21 imported cases (6 cases in Guangdong, 4 cases in Shanghai, 3 cases in Fujian, 3 cases in Sichuan, 2 cases in Beijing, 1 case in Tianjin, 1 case in Zhejiang, 1 case in Shaanxi) and 1 local case (in Shanghai); no new deaths; no new suspected case. There were 25 new cases of asymptomatic infection (24 imported from abroad); 786 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (486 cases imported from abroad).
  • Local authorities in North China’s Tianjin municipality have announced the port city is entering ‘wartime’ mode after a cold storage staff tested positive for the coronavirus. State media CGTN reports: “The 38-year-old man had no contact history with other confirmed or suspected cases but was exposed to imported frozen food during his work. Doctors diagnosed him as a mild case.” On Friday, Tianjin’s municipal authorities were told by Dezhou city officials in Shandong province that samples of frozen food packaging imported through the port (the outer packaging of a batch of German pork) had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Consequently, Tianjin began “nucleic acid screening of the related frozen food, cold storage area, transport vehicles and all the close contacts.” By Sunday, only a worker and a door handle at a cold storage area tested positive. Reuters also reported that Taiyuan city in China’s northern Shanxi province said on Saturday said that frozen belt fish imported into Tianjin from India had tested positive for the virus. As per the latest rules, Chinese customs will suspend imports from companies for a week if frozen food products test positive, and for a month if the supplier’s products test positive for a third time or more.
  • November 9 – China reported 32 imported cases (13 cases in Shanghai, 6 cases in Shaanxi, 4 cases in Guangdong, 4 cases in Sichuan, 2 cases in Inner Mongolia, 1 case in Shanxi, 1 in Liaoning, and 1 in Jiangsu) and 1 local case (in Tianjin); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case, imported from abroad (in Shanghai). There were 9 new cases of asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad); 804 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (497 cases imported from abroad).
  • November 8 China reported 28 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (9 cases in Shaanxi, 7 cases in Shanghai, 4 cases in Hubei, 2 cases in Zhejiang, 2 cases in Guangdong, and 2 cases in Sichuan, 1 case in Shanxi, and 1 case in Fujian); no new deaths; 4 new suspected cases, all imported cases (all in Shanghai). There were 36 new asymptomatic infections (34 imported from abroad); 824 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (508 cases imported from abroad).
  • November 7 – China reported 33 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (11 cases in Shanghai, 9 cases in Fujian, 4 cases in Sichuan, 4 cases in Shaanxi, 3 cases in Inner Mongolia, and 2 cases in Guangdong ); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 27 new asymptomatic infections (25 imported from abroad); 823 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (495 cases imported from abroad).
  • November 6 – China reported 36 new confirmed cases, including 30 imported cases (15 cases in Shanghai, 3 cases in Guangdong, 2 cases in Tianjin, 2 cases in Inner Mongolia, 2 cases in Fujian, 2 cases in Sichuan, 1 case in Shanxi, 1 case in Liaoning, 1 case in Zhejiang, and 1 case in Yunnan) and 6 local cases (all in Xinjiang); no new deaths; 23 new suspected cases, all imported cases (all in Shanghai). There were 33 new asymptomatic infections (18 imported from abroad); 832 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (492 cases imported from abroad).
  • China is temporarily suspending the entry of nationals from the UK, Belgium, France, Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and the Philippines, including visa or residence permit holders, citing the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made separately by the Chinese diplomatic missions in the four countries on Thursday.
    China is also temporarily suspending the entry of foreign nationals living in India, including holders of valid Chinese visas or residence permits. China has also suspended all flights from India.
    The Chinese Foreign Ministry statement said: “Foreigners holding Chinese diplomatic, service, courtesy and C visas are not affected. Foreigners with emergency or humanitarian needs to visit China, can submit visa application to the Chinese Embassy/ Consulates in India. The entry into China with visas issued after November 3rd, 2020 is not affected…The Chinese Embassy/Consulates in India will not stamp the Health Declaration Forms for the holders of the above-mentioned categories of visa or residence permits.”
  • November 5 – China reported 28 new confirmed cases, including 20 imported cases (8 cases in Shanghai, 4 cases in Sichuan, 3 cases in Shaanxi, 2 cases in Henan, 1 case in Beijing, 1 case in Inner Mongolia, and 1 case in Fujian) and 8 local cases (all in Xinjiang); no new deaths; 3 new suspected cases, all imported cases (2 in Shanghai, 1 in Inner Mongolia). There were 24 new asymptomatic infections (22 imported from abroad); 825 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (485 imported from abroad).
  • November 4 – China reported 17 new confirmed cases, including 15 imported cases (4 cases in Shanghai, 3 cases in Guangdong, 3 cases in Sichuan, 2 cases in Inner Mongolia, 2 cases in Fujian, and 1 case in Shaanxi) and 2 local cases (both in Xinjiang); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case, imported from abroad (in Shanghai). There were 128 new asymptomatic infections (12 imported from abroad); 828 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (482 imported from abroad).
  • State paper, Global Times, reports that Kashi in Xinjiang began its third round of mass nucleic acid testing ‘to track infections in community’, on Monday, after Xinjiang reported 61 asymptomatic carriers on Saturday alone. The new testing drive, includes repeated nucleic acid testing, and comes after the second round of testing was completed in key villages. On Saturday, Gu Yingsu, deputy head of the local health commission in Xinjiang, said at a press conference that 15 people from Kizilsu Kirgiz Autonomous Prefecture had tested negative in the first-round nucleic acid test but tested positive in the second-round test.
    The new rise in infections has sparked public concern over whether the initial cluster outbreak (linked to a local clothing factory) had spread to the wider region. Late last month, Kashi had completed prefecture-wide testing of 4.7 million residents in four days by October 27. “The testing campaign discovered no other infections beyond the clustered epidemic related to the factory in Shufu county. Viral gene sequencing also ruled out the possible link between Kashi’s outbreak and a previous one in Urumqi in July.”
    Local health experts are now stressing the need for epidemiological investigations, beyond the test and trace drive.
  • November 3 – China reported 49 new confirmed cases, including 44 imported cases (9 cases in Shanghai, 8 cases in Guangdong, 8 cases in Sichuan, 4 cases in Inner Mongolia, 4 cases in Fujian, 4  cases in Hubei, 2 cases in Beijing, 2 cases in Tianjin, 1 case in Jiangsu, 1 case in Zhejiang, and 1 case in Shandong) and 5 local cases (all in Xinjiang); no new deaths; 2 new suspected cases, all imported from abroad Cases (all in Inner Mongolia). There are 61 new asymptomatic infections (48 imported from abroad); 725 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (493 imported from abroad).
  • November 2 – China reported 24 newly confirmed cases, including 21 imported cases (6 cases in Shanghai, 5 cases in Guangdong, 3 cases in Shanxi, 3 cases in Gansu, 2 cases in Sichuan, 1 cases in Tianjin, and 1 case in Jiangsu) and 3 local cases (all in Xinjiang); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case, imported from abroad (in Shanghai). There are 30 new asymptomatic infections (24 imported from abroad); 684 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (460 imported from abroad).
  • November 1 – China reported 24 new confirmed cases, including 21 imported cases (7 cases in Gansu, 5 cases in Shanghai, 3 cases in Inner Mongolia, 3 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Fujian, 1 cases in Sichuan, and 1 case in Shaanxi) and 3 local cases (all in Xinjiang); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 69 new asymptomatic infections (8 imported from abroad); 666 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (446 imported from abroad).
  • October 31 – China reported 33 new confirmed cases, including 27 imported cases (8 cases in Shanghai, 5 cases in Tianjin, 4 cases in Sichuan, 3 cases in Zhejiang, 3 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Hebei, 1 case in Inner Mongolia, 1 case in Hunan, and 1 case in Yunnan) and 6 local cases (all in Xinjiang); no new deaths; 2 new suspected cases, all imported cases (all in Shanghai). There were 38 new asymptomatic infections (23 imported from abroad); 611 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (449 imported from abroad).
  • October 30 – China reported 25 new confirmed cases, including 24 imported cases (13 cases in Shanghai, 4 cases in Fujian, 2 cases in Tianjin, 2 cases in Guangdong, 2 cases in Sichuan, and 1 case in Yunnan) and 1 local case (in Shandong); no new deaths; 6 new suspected cases, all imported cases (all in Shanghai). 53 new cases of asymptomatic infections (39 imported from abroad) were reported; 592 cases of asymptomatic infections were under medical observation (439 cases imported from abroad).
  • October 29 China reported 47 new confirmed cases, including 24 imported cases (8 cases in Inner Mongolia, 6 cases in Shanghai, 3 cases in Guangdong, 2 cases in Tianjin, 2 cases in Jiangsu, 1 case in Beijing, 1 case in Fujian, and 1 case in Shaanxi) and 23 local cases (all in Xinjiang); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. The National Health Commission also reported 16 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad); 543 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (404 imported from abroad).
  • Xinjiang also reported another 19 asymptomatic infections (which China does not recognize as confirmed COVID-19 cases) that accounted for half the new asymptomatic cases reported. Kashgar health authorities completed their COVID-19 testing drive for the 4.75 million inhabitants in the area by Tuesday afternoon (October 27) and a total of 183 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus. All the cases were reported in Shufu County of south Xinjiang’s Kashgar Prefecture (as of Tuesday), according to the state-run paper, China Daily.
  • Of the new confirmed cases, 22 local cases were previously reported as asymptomatic patients in the city of Kashgar in Xinjiang. The cases are linked to a garment factory, though it is still not clear how the infections started.
  • October 28 China reported 42 new confirmed cases, including 20 imported cases (7 cases in Shanghai, 6 cases in Shaanxi, 2 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Tianjin, 1 case in Hebei, 1 case in Inner Mongolia, 1 case in Henan, and 1 case in Sichuan) and 22 local cases (all in Xinjiang); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. This is the highest daily jump in new infections in more than two months due to a rise in cases in the northwestern Xinjiang region, China’s health authority said on Wednesday. There were 38 new asymptomatic infections (19 imported from abroad); 570 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (408 imported from abroad).
  • Broadcaster CGTN reports that 26 new coronavirus cases were detected between Sunday and Monday in Kashgar (all came into close contact with asymptomatic people detected earlier), bringing the total of asymptomatic patients in the region to 164. On Sunday, Xinjiang’s local disease control department had tested a total of 831 workers in the textile factory where a 17-year old factory worker had tested positive for COVID-19 and all have tested negative.
    “The local government has also detected 16 close contacts of the 17-year-old female that first tested positive for COVID-19 and 406 others who are close to the 16. Her parents and brother tested negative, even though all 137 new cases were linked to the factory where her parents worked. Wang Guiqiang, director of the infectious diseases department at Peking University First Hospital, told reporters that it’s highly possible that the parents brought back the virus from the factory and then passed it on to their daughter. However, it still can’t be ruled out right now that it’s not the young woman who might have passed the virus on to her parents.”
  • October 27 – China reported 16 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (3 cases in Shanghai, 3 cases in Shaanxi, 2 cases in Hebei, 2 cases in Sichuan, 1 case in Beijing, 1 case in Inner Mongolia, 1 case in Heilongjiang, 1 case in Fujian, 1 case in Shandong, and 1 case in Guangdong); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. 50 new asymptomatic infections (24 imported from abroad) were reported; 570 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (405 imported from abroad).
  • Authorities in Kashgar, Xinjiang launched a testing program on Saturday night, which will cover the region’s 4.75 million people. As of Sunday afternoon, it was reported that more than 2.84 million people had been tested. City government officials have stated that the rest of the population will be tested by Tuesday, October 27. Kashgar is an ancient silk road city and shares borders with Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Reuters reports that the Kashgar government announced Sunday that it would close all schools except universities through to Friday but supermarkets and shopping malls would remain open. Four towns in the Kashgar region have been identified as ‘high-risk’ areas and stringent travel and movement restrictions are expected.
  • Media outlets are reporting that China has detected 138 new asymptomatic coronavirus cases in Kashgar in the north-western region of Xinjiang on Sunday, after one person (a 17-year old garment factory worker) tested positive for the virus on Saturday. China does not classify asymptomatic cases as ‘confirmed cases’ and so far, no cases of people with symptoms have been reported. These are the first new local cases in 10 days in mainland China (since the Qingdao outbreak in Shandong province). Xinjiang was the site of another local COVID cluster in August that had resulted in a complete lockdown of the capital Urumqi; however, no new cases were reported in the region since August 15.
  • October 26 – China reported 20 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (11 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Inner Mongolia, 2 cases in Shaanxi, 1 case in Hebei, 1 case in Shanxi, 1 case in Fujian, 1 case in Guangdong, and 1 case in Sichuan); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case, imported from abroad (in Shanghai). The country reported 161 new asymptomatic infections (24 imported from abroad); 539 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (400 imported from abroad).
  • October 25 – China reported 15 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (5 cases in Shanghai, 3 cases in Liaoning, 3 cases in Guangdong, 2 cases in Shanxi, 1 case in Tianjin, and 1 case in Shaanxi) ); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case, imported from abroad (in Shanghai). 19 new asymptomatic infections (18 imported from abroad) were reported; 405 cases of asymptomatic infection were under medical observation (403 imported overseas).
  • October 24 – China reported 28 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (9 cases in Shanghai, 9 cases in Guangdong, 3 cases in Tianjin, 3 cases in Shaanxi, 2 cases in Beijing, and 2 cases in Fujian); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 27 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad); 404 cases of asymptomatic infection were under medical observation (403 imported from abroad).
  • October 23 – China reported 18 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (9 cases in Shanghai, 7 cases in Fujian, and 2 cases in Chongqing); no new deaths; 2 new suspected cases, all imported cases (all in Shanghai). There were 11 new asymptomatic infections (all imported); 403 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (402 imported from abroad).
  • October 22 – China reported 14 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (8 cases in Shanghai, 3 cases in Guangdong, 2 cases in Sichuan, and 1 case in Fujian); no new deaths; 2 new suspected cases, all imported from abroad (both in Shanghai). There were 25 new cases of asymptomatic infection (all imported from abroad); 406 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (405 imported from abroad)
  • October 21 – China reported 11 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (3 cases in Guangdong, 3 cases in Sichuan, 2 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Henan, and 1 case in Fujian); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 15 new cases of asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) reported in the country; 403 cases of asymptomatic infection are under medical observation (402 cases imported from abroad).
  • October 20 China reported 19 new confirmed cases, all of which are imported cases (5 cases in Shanghai, 5 cases in Guangdong, 3 cases in Sichuan, 2 cases in Tianjin, 1 case in Beijing, 1 case in Jiangsu, 1 case in Fujian, 1 case in Chongqing). There are 3 new suspected case in Shanghai imported from abroad. 24 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported in the country; 403 cases of asymptomatic infections are still under medical observation (402 imported from abroad).
  • October 19 – China reported 13 new confirmed cases, all of which are imported cases (5 cases in Shanghai, 3 cases in Guangdong, 2 cases in Tianjin, 2 cases in Shaanxi, 1 case in Shanxi). There is no new suspected case. 33 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported in the country; 401 cases of asymptomatic infections are still under medical observation (400 imported from abroad).
  • October 18 – China reported 13 new confirmed cases, all of which are imported cases (5 cases in Shanghai, 4 cases in Guangdong, 2 cases in Shaanxi, 1 case in Tianjin, 1 case in Sichuan). There is one new suspected case in Shanghai imported from abroad. 34 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported in the country; 389 cases of asymptomatic infections are still under medical observation (388 imported from abroad).
  • October 17 – China reported 13 new confirmed cases, all of which are imported cases (5 cases in Shanghai, 4 cases in Tianjin, 2 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Sichuan, 1 case in Shaanxi). There is one new suspected case in Shanghai imported from abroad. 11 new asymptomatic infections (10 of which imported from abroad) were reported in the country; 374 cases of asymptomatic infections are still under medical observation (372 imported from abroad).
  • October 16 China reported 24 new confirmed cases, all of which are imported cases (11 cases in Shanghai, 5 cases in Inner Mongolia, 2 cases in Tianjin, 2 cases in Jiangsu, 2 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Fujian, 1 case in Chongqing). There is one new suspected case in Shanghai imported from abroad. 10 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported in the country; 376 cases of asymptomatic infections are still under medical observation (375 imported from abroad).
    The BBC reports: “A city in eastern China has started offering a coronavirus vaccine to the general public – although it has not yet completed clinical trials. “
  • October 15 – China reported 11 new confirmed cases, including 10 imported cases (4 cases in Guangdong, 3 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Shaanxi, 1 case in Hebei) and 1 local case (in Shandong where the person was reported as an asymptomatic infected case in Qingdao on September 24). 23 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported in the country; 385 cases of asymptomatic infections are still under medical observation (394 imported from abroad).
    The Jiaxing local government announced that Jiaxing –  the city in Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai is offering a vaccine under development by Beijing-based Sinovac Biotech. (The original announcement was made on the official WeChat account on October 15).
  • October 14 China reported 20 new confirmed cases, including 14 imported cases (6 cases in Guangdong, 5 cases in Shanghai, and 3 cases in Shaanxi). There are 6 new local cases (all in Shandong); no new deaths; 2 new suspected cases, all imported from abroad (all in Shanghai). 18 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported in the country; 381 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (379 imported from abroad).
  • October 13 – China reported 13 new confirmed cases, including 7 imported cases (3 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Inner Mongolia, and 1 case in Sichuan) and 6 local cases (all in Shandong) (see updates from previous day); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. 17 new cases of asymptomatic infections (12 imported from abroad) were reported; 386 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (378 imported from abroad).
  • The South China Morning Post reports: “Qingdao Chest Hospital goes into lockdown after ex-patient, former worker, and her husband all test positive. The patient was treated for tuberculosis at the hospital last month; the second person infected worked at the hospital from July to September, and the third, is her husband.” The Health Times reported on Sunday that the three individuals had tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday and Saturday, and were immediately put under medical quarantine.
  • As reported by Reuters, the city of Qingdao in China’s eastern province of Shandong will test its entire population of more than 9 million for COVID-19 over a five-day period after new cases have been linked to a hospital treating imported infections. The city reported six new COVID-19 cases and six asymptomatic cases as of late October 11; most of the cases were linked to the Qingdao Chest Hospital. Qingdao has locked down Qingdao Chest Hospital as well as the emergency department of its central hospital. While the National Health Commission (NHC) said mainland China had 21 confirmed COVID-19 cases as on October 11, it did not include any confirmed infections in Qingdao – not immediately clear why. (Meanwhile, Qingdao’s health commission reported somewhat ambiguously that as of 24:00 on October 11, there were 3 new cases of asymptomatic COVID-19 infections. 3 new cases of asymptomatic COVID-19 infections imported from abroad were discharged from hospital October 11.)
  • October 12 – China reported 21 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (5 cases in Shanghai, 4 cases in Liaoning, 3 cases in Guangdong, 2 cases in Hebei, 2 cases in Shanxi, 1 case in Beijing, 1 case in Tianjin, 1 case in Inner Mongolia, 1 case in Fujian, and 1 case in Sichuan); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case, imported from abroad (in Shanghai). 32 new asymptomatic infections (29 imported from abroad) were reported; 395 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (390 imported from abroad).
    The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China stands at 85,578, while the death toll is unchanged at 4,634.
  • October 11 – China reported 21 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (10 cases in Shanghai, 6 cases in Guangdong, 3 cases in Sichuan, 1 case in Liaoning, and 1 case in Fujian); no new deaths; 5 new suspected cases, all imported cases (4 in Shanghai, 1 in Inner Mongolia). 23 new asymptomatic infections (all imported) were reported; 381 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (379 imported from abroad).
  • October 10 – China reported 15 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (5 cases in Sichuan, 3 cases in Shaanxi, 2 cases in Tianjin, 2 cases in Liaoning, 2 cases in Shanghai, and 1 case in Guangdong); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. 39 new cases of asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported; 380 cases of asymptomatic infections were under medical observation (378 cases imported from abroad).
  • October 9 – China reported 21 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (10 cases in Shaanxi, 6 cases in Shanghai, 3 cases in Guangdong, and 2 cases in Liaoning); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. 15 new cases of asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported; 357 cases of asymptomatic infections were under medical observation (355 cases imported from abroad).
  • October 8 – China reported 11 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (5 cases in Shanghai, 3 cases in Sichuan, 1 case in Zhejiang, 1 case in Fujian, and 1 case in Shaanxi); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case, imported from abroad (in Shanghai). 8 new asymptomatic infections (all imported) were reported; 366 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (364 imported from abroad).
  • October 7 – China reported 7 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (3 cases in Sichuan, 2 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Shanxi, and 1 case in Shanghai); there were no new deaths; there are no new suspected cases. There were 24 new asymptomatic infections (all imported) reported; 376 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (374 imported from abroad).
  • October 6 – China reported 12 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (5 cases in Guangdong, 3 cases in Sichuan, 2 cases in Shanghai, 1 case in Tianjin, and 1 case in Shaanxi); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. 31 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported; 375 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (373 imported from abroad).
  • October 5 – China reported 20 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (10 cases in Shanghai, 3 cases in Sichuan, 2 cases in Inner Mongolia, 2 cases in Fujian, 1 case in Shanxi, 1 case in Jiangsu, and 1 case in Guangdong); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. 27 new cases of asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported; 369 cases of asymptomatic infections were under medical observation (367 cases imported from abroad).
  • October 4 – China reported 16 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (6 cases in Guangdong, 3 cases in Sichuan, 2 cases in Yunnan, 2 cases in Shaanxi, 1 case in Tianjin, 1 case in Shanghai, and 1 case in Guangxi); no new deaths; 3 new suspected cases, all imported cases (all in Shanghai). 26 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported; 366 cases of asymptomatic infection were still under medical observation (364 imported from abroad).
  • October 3 – China reported 10 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (4 cases in Shanghai, 3 cases in Guangdong, 2 cases in Sichuan, and 1 case in Shaanxi); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case, imported from abroad (in Shanghai). 12 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported; 364 cases of asymptomatic infection were still under medical observation (362 imported overseas).
  • October 2 – China reported 10 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (3 cases in Sichuan, 2 cases in Fujian, 2 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Shanghai, 1 case in Chongqing, and 1 case in Shaanxi); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. 33 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were recorded; 377 cases of asymptomatic infection were still under medical observation (375 imported overseas).
  • According to reporting by SCMP, 600 million trips are expected to be made across the country over the eight-day break by road and public transport. An extended breakdown of travel statistics has been reported in the state newspaper, the Global Times, which said earlier this week that China’s state railways “expect to handle 108 million passenger trips during the 11-day travel peak of the National Day holidays, an average of 9.82 million trips per day. The railway operator said that Thursday, China’s National Day, will see the peak of passenger flow, with an estimated amount of 13 million trips – setting a new high in the daily average passenger flow on the railways since the outbreak of COVID-19 began. China’s domestic flights are also expected to push past pre-COVID levels – more than 164,700 domestic flights were scheduled during the period, an increase of more than 11 percent, compared with the same time in 2019 when approximately 148,000 flights flew.”
  • China’s Golden Week Holiday / National Holiday (overlapping this year with the Mid-Autumn Festival) begins today. The Golden Week will be the first major holiday since the country brought the COVID-19 outbreak under control. As per the National Health Commission’s Wednesday update, China had reported no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 44 days.
    For economists, Chinese consumer behavior during this period will be key to determining if the pent up demand will provide a sufficient consumption boost for the national economy that has lagged in the wake of job insecurity and reduced disposable incomes due to the impact of the pandemic (learn more about why this focus on surging domestic demand is important for Chinese policymakers here). Since the Golden Week is not a cultural construct and began as a way to stimulate domestic spending after the Asian Financial Crisis, Chinese consumers have been relatively free to choose how they wish to spend this week-long holiday, unlike China’s other major festival break during the Lunar New Year. Given the extended period of isolation due to the pandemic control measures implemented by Chinese health authorities, this year’s celebration may see some changes in consumption. Inbound travel is also expected to get a boost due to the restrictions placed on international travel by most countries still fighting the pandemic; this will also impact international travel destinations, including Hong Kong, as China is the world’s largest outbound-travel source market.
  • October 1 – China reported 11 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (7 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Sichuan, and 1 case in Shaanxi); no new deaths; 3 new suspected cases, all imported cases (all in Shanghai). 10 new cases of asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported; 363 cases of asymptomatic infections were under medical observation (361 cases imported from abroad).
  • September 30 – China reported 19 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (8 cases in Guangdong, 5 cases in Fujian, 2 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Shaanxi, 1 case in Henan, and 1 case in Sichuan); no new deaths; 2 new suspected cases, all imported cases (all in Shanghai). 22 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported; 375 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (373 imported from abroad).
  • September 29 – China reported 12 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (5 cases in Shanghai, 3 cases in Sichuan, 3 cases in Shaanxi, and 1 case in Fujian); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case, imported from abroad (in Shanghai). 26 new asymptomatic infections (all imported) were reported; 376 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (374 imported from abroad).
  • September 28 – China reported 21 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (10 cases in Shanghai, 5 cases in Guangdong, 3 cases in Inner Mongolia, 2 cases in Fujian, and 1 case in Shanxi); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. 14 new cases of asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported; 367 cases of asymptomatic infection were under medical observation (365 cases imported from abroad).
  • September 27 – China reported 14 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (4 cases in Liaoning, 4 cases in Fujian, 3 cases in Sichuan, 2 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Shanghai); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. 26 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were recorded; 391 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (389 imported from abroad).
  • September 26 – China reported 15 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (9 cases in Sichuan, 3 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Tianjin, 1 case in Fujian, and 1 case in Shaanxi); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case, imported from abroad (in Shanghai). 30 new cases of asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported; 400 cases of asymptomatic infections were under medical observation (398 cases imported from abroad).
  • September 25 – China reported 8 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (4 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Beijing, and 1 case in Sichuan); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case, imported from abroad (in Shanghai). 18 new asymptomatic infections (16 imported from abroad) were reported; 398 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (396 imported from abroad).
  • September 24 – China reported 7 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (2 cases in Liaoning, 2 cases in Shanghai, 1 case in Jiangsu, 1 case in Guangxi, and 1 case in Shaanxi); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. 20 new cases of asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported; 402 cases of asymptomatic infections were under medical observation (all imported from abroad).
  • Health officials in Ruili, in southwest China’s Yunnan province, ended their citywide quarantine measures (see our update from September 17) at 10 pm Monday, according to a local public notice. Businesses have been allowed to reopen today, with the exception of public venues like bars, internet cafes, karaoke joints, bathhouses, and cinemas. Schools will reopen in phases, starting Saturday. Authorities in Yunnan province will continue to tightly monitor its long and porous border with Myanmar, where COVID-19 has reportedly infected more than 6,100 people. “Apart from the two imported cases, no local cases nor local transmission of the virus were found,” the Yunnan government said in a statement.
  • Breaking News: According to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Immigration Administration on Wednesday, foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters, and reunion can enter China without applying for new visas – effective from 0 am, September 28, 2020. If these 3 categories of residence permits as held by foreign nationals have expired (in the time since the travel ban was imposed on March 28, 2020) – the holders may apply for relevant visas by presenting the expired residence permits and relevant material to the Chinese embassies or consulates on the condition that the purpose of the holder’s visit to China remains unchanged (see here). All other measures in the March 26 Announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Immigration Administration on the Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Visas or Residence Permits (see here) will continue to be implemented.
  • September 23 – China reported 10 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (4 cases in Guangdong, 3 cases in Sichuan, 1 case in Tianjin, 1 case in Shandong, and 1 case in Henan); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. 18 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were recorded; 385 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (all imported from abroad).
  • September 22 – China reported 6 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (3 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Tianjin, 1 case in Shanghai, and 1 case in Yunnan); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. 15 new cases of asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were recorded; 391 cases of asymptomatic infections were under medical observation (390 cases imported from abroad).
  • September 21 – China reported 12 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (3 cases in Guangdong, 2 cases in Inner Mongolia, 2 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Yunnan, 2 cases in Shaanxi, and 1 case in Fujian); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. 25 new cases of asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were recorded; 397 cases of asymptomatic infections were under medical observation (396 cases imported from abroad).
  • September 20 – China reported 10 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (4 cases in Shanghai, 4 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Fujian, and 1 case in Henan); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case, imported from abroad (in Shanghai). 21 new cases of asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were recorded; 382 cases of asymptomatic infections were under medical observation (381 cases imported from abroad).
  • September 19 – China reported 14 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (6 cases in Guangdong, 2 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Sichuan, 2 cases in Shaanxi, 1 case in Liaoning, and 1 case in Fujian); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case, imported from abroad (in Shanghai). 24 new cases of asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were recorded; 374 cases of asymptomatic infection were under medical observation (373 cases imported from abroad).
  • September 18 China reported 32 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (13 cases in Shaanxi, 12 cases in Shanghai, 3 cases in Tianjin, 3 cases in Guangdong, and 1 case in Fujian); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case, imported from abroad (in Shanghai). The country reported 20 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad); 366 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (365 imported from abroad).
  • Ruili, a city in China’s southwest province of Yunnan that borders Myanmar, is under strict lockdown, after new cases emerged this week that were linked to travelers from Myanmar and Indonesia. Besides two Burmese nationals, all the imported cases to Yunnan were Chinese nationals. (See Yunnan Health Commission records from September 14, September 15, September 16, and September 17 in Chinese.)
    Home to about 200,000 residents, people in Ruili have been ordered to stay at home and authorities have erected control checkpoints to prevent anyone entering or leaving the city and have restricted border access to areas nearby. In addition to the current 48 border patrol checkpoints, Ruili will set up another 188. The Guardian reports that more than 360 testing sites have been set up with almost 1,200 people deployed to conduct testing around the clock. Most businesses have shut down temporarily; no public venues are open except for essential establishments like pharmacies.
    Meanwhile, China and Myanmar are also cracking down on illegal border crossings after 2 out of 6 people who illegally crossed in from Myanmar were found to be COVID positive. Local officials say that “at least 8 prefectures and 25 counties that border Myanmar in Yunnan have entered wartime status”.
  • September 17 – China reported 9 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (4 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Shaanxi, 1 case in Henan, 1 case in Guangdong, and 1 case in Yunnan); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case, imported from abroad (in Shanghai). 14 new cases of asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported; 354 cases of asymptomatic infections were under medical observation (353 cases imported from abroad).
  • September 16 – China reported 12 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (4 cases in Sichuan, 2 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Fujian, 1 case in Zhejiang, 1 case in Guangdong, 1 case in Yunnan, and 1 case in Shaanxi); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. 16 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported; 361 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (360 imported from abroad).
  • September 15 – China reported 8 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (4 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Shanghai, 1 case in Zhejiang, 1 case in Sichuan, and 1 case in Yunnan); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. 9 new asymptomatic infections (all imported) were recorded; 361 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (360 imported from abroad).
  • As of Sunday, September 13, mainland China had a total of 85,194 confirmed infections of the coronavirus, according to the National Health Commission. The COVID-19 death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.
  • September 14 – China reported 10 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (5 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Fujian, 2 cases in Yunnan, and 1 case in Guangdong); no new deaths; 3 new suspected cases, all imported cases (all in Shanghai). 39 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad); 378 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (377 imported from abroad).
  • September 13 – China reported 10 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (3 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Zhejiang, 1 case in Tianjin, 1 case in Henan, 1 case in Guangdong, 1 case in Guangxi, and 1 case in Shaanxi); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. 70 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad); 357 cases of asymptomatic infections were under medical observation (356 cases imported from abroad).
  • September 12 China reported 6 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (2 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Fujian, and 1 case in Shaanxi); no new deaths; 1 new suspected case, imported from abroad (in Shanghai). There were 8 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad); 299 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (298 cases imported from abroad).
  • September 11 – China reported 15 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (8 cases in Shanghai, 4 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Liaoning, 1 case in Sichuan, and 1 case in Shaanxi); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 22 new cases of asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad); 311 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (309 imported from abroad).
  • September 10 China reported 7 new confirmed cases, all imported from abroad (6 cases in Shanghai and 1 case in Guangdong); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 15 new cases of asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad); 301 cases of asymptomatic infection were under medical observation (299 cases imported from abroad).
  • September 9 – China reported 2 new confirmed cases, all imported from abroad (1 case in Shanghai and 1 case in Sichuan); no new deaths; 5 new suspected cases, all imported from abroad (all in Shanghai). 8 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were recorded yesterday; 308 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (306 imported from abroad).
  • Under direction from the People’s Bank of China, banks in China have become stricter about opening new bank accounts since April 2020, especially for newly established companies – no matter whether it is a domestic company or a foreign-invested company. China Briefing addresses some of the changes here: How to Open a Bank Account in China: New Requirements after COVID-19.
  • September 8 – China reported 10 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (5 cases in Sichuan, 2 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Tianjin, 1 case in Fujian, and 1 case in Shaanxi); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. 13 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were reported; 324 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (322 cases imported from abroad).
  • September 7 – China reported 12 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (4 cases in Shanghai, 4 cases in Guangdong, 2 cases in Sichuan, 1 case in Tianjin, and 1 case in Chongqing); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 17 new cases of asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad); 329 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (321 cases imported from abroad).
  • September 6 – China reported 10 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (3 cases in Guangdong, 3 cases in Shaanxi, 2 cases in Shanghai, 1 case in Fujian, and 1 case in Gansu); no new deaths; 2 new suspected cases, all imported cases (both in Shanghai). 17 new cases of asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad) were recorded; 329 cases of asymptomatic infection were still under medical observation (320 cases imported from abroad).
  • September 5 China reported 10 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (3 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Guangdong, 2 cases in Yunnan, 1 case in Tianjin, 1 case in Fujian, and 1 case in Shaanxi); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There 8 new asymptomatic infections (all imported); 338 cases of asymptomatic infection were under medical observation (327 cases imported from abroad).
  • September 4 – China reported 25 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (13 cases in Guangdong, 5 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Guangxi, 2 cases in Shaanxi, 1 case in Tianjin, 1 case in Fujian, 1 case in Sichuan); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 26 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad); 358 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (345 cases imported from abroad).
  • Chinese state media announced Wednesday that starting Thursday, the country is resuming direct flights from eight countries, including Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, Greece, Denmark, Sweden, and Canada. As reported by the Global Times: “The first direct international flight will be operated by Air China from Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, according to a statement on the website of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).”
  • September 3 – China reported 11 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (6 cases in Shaanxi, 3 cases in Guangdong, and 2 cases in Sichuan); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 12 new cases of asymptomatic infection (all imported from abroad); 349 cases of asymptomatic infection are still under medical observation (334 cases imported from abroad).
  • September 2 – China reported 8 newly confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (4 cases in Shanghai, 2 cases in Guangdong, 1 case in Liaoning, and 1 case in Sichuan); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There are 19 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad); 353 cases of asymptomatic infection were under medical observation (336 cases imported from abroad).
  • September 1 – China reported 10 new confirmed cases, all of which were imported cases (3 cases in Tianjin, 3 cases in Hebei, 1 case in Inner Mongolia, 1 case in Shanghai, 1 case in Fujian, and 1 case in Guangdong); no new deaths; no new suspected cases. There were 34 new asymptomatic infections (all imported from abroad); 356 cases of asymptomatic infections were under medical observation (334 imported from abroad).
  • For all coronavirus updates in China between January 27 and April 30, 2020 as well as our related business advisory content, see here.

Managing the impact on your China business

On September 23, 2020, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affair (MFA) released the Announcement on Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Residence Permits of Three Categories.

From 0 a.m., September 28, 2020, foreigners with valid residence permits for work, personal matters, and reunion, have been allowed enter the country without needing to re-apply for new visas.

If the above residence permits expired – after March 28, 2020 – the holders can re-apply for relevant visas by presenting the expired residence permits and relevant materials to the Chinese embassies or consulates. The re-application must be on the condition that the purpose of the holders’ visit to China is unchanged.

China had suspended the entry of most foreign nationals from March 28, 2020 as a disease control strategy to contain and eliminate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) within its territory.

While most businesses in China restarted operations in March, once the COVID spread had slowed down to manageable levels, many employers, especially small business owners, remained under big pressure to sustain operating costs and maintain cash flow due to the impact of the outbreak.

At the same time, the global spread of COVID-19, including poorly contained outbreaks in several countries, has necessitated the world’s biggest ever technology experiments to establish new work arrangements as businesses seek to effectively utilize their employees, minimize physical contact, and navigate the temporary international travel bans in place.

Throughout the year, businesses across the world have had to make almost real-time decisions to guarantee the very survival of their firms and operational continuity and sustainability, and have adapted to sudden changes based on limited knowledge and/or resources.

The decisions, made during the initial recovery period, will now likely become permanent. They include shifts to digitize workflows and customer relationships, reduction of global business exposure and localization strategies, upgrades, upskilling, and retooling of key resources, investments in new technology and areas depending on the shifts in business strategy, and a stronger focus on staff well-being to offset the pressures of living and working amid an ongoing pandemic.

Going forward, companies must keep continuous track of their business health and exposure to any new waves of the outbreak, both, in China and across the world. Firms should start planning their 2021 budgets now while keeping in mind the wait for a COVID vaccine. The pandemic has dented economic growth and greatly influenced consumption behavior and the pace of supply-demand recovery, which will affect sales forecasts. Global businesses should check on the viability of receiving shipments on time and make contingency plans if in doubt as well as monitor for market demand and industry trends.

Finally, it may not all be bad news. There are always winners and losers during difficult times. Well prepared and managed businesses will survive and ultimately gain market share in the longer term. Now is the time to plan ahead and implement decisions based on the insights gained over the last several months. Strategies may need to be revisited along shorter timelines with shifting goalposts. It is, however, important to establish company bottom lines and communicate these clearly across the organization; risk mitigation strategies are also necessary for the survival and stability of operations. Companies should ensure their China operations are in compliance with local regulations and communications are aligned between HQ and local offices.

Meanwhile, if your business needs advice on operational, tax, legal, HR, or technology solutions, please contact our China offices at china@dezshira.com.

As companies in China continue to grapple with HR, legal, technology, operational, and tax concerns due to the unprecedented implications of the pandemic, we address how to manage these uncertainties through our rolling coverage of the latest COVID-19 developments and practical advisory on China Briefing. Some of our latest resources are mentioned below for your easy reference:


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