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Hong Kong Airport is the first in the world to introduce anti-virus checks for passengers
The rules now in force in the air harbor include several points. Firstly, everyone who arrives in Hong Kong receives an electronic bracelet to track self-quarantine for two weeks. Secondly, the passengers are checked for temperature when exiting flights. Then, after passing through customs and passport control, each person, accompanied by the sanitary inspection staff, should go to the neighboring AsiaWorld-Expo conference center and fill out the health declaration forms.
Then travelers take a saliva sample and go for processing. Many passengers should expect the results of their tests in the same place, in the conference center, and this can take 12 hours. After receiving the test results, all "positive" for coronavirus are immediately sent to the hospital. However, everyone, regardless of whether they have a positive or negative result, must pass 14 days of mandatory quarantine. At the same time, the airport uses advanced disinfection methods, hand sanitizers and Whiz cleaning robots that are equipped with ultraviolet light sterilizers and air sterilizers.
The measures are good, experts say, if there weren’t one “but”. They significantly reduce the capacity of the air harbor. But the local authorities are in no hurry to change or even cancel the rules.
Natural Medicine: in Hong Kong, scientists have confirmed the protective properties of masks
An international group of scientists who investigated the effectiveness of medical masks has experimentally confirmed that wearing them can suppress the spread of corona virus infection, according to the journal Natural Medicine.
They used a special Gesundheit II apparatus, which reproduces human respiration and analyzes air samples, and found that masks significantly inhibit the flow of viral particles. Then, experts at the University of Hong Kong conducted an experiment involving people with suspected respiratory viral infections. It was found that in the case of 111 of 246 patients, the use of masks reduced the concentration of virus particles in expired air.
Hong Kong employees begin returning to offices on May 4
Employees of official institutions in Hong Kong will begin to return to their jobs step by step on May 4, head of the Hong Kong administration Carrie Lam told reporters.
At the same time, strict hygiene measures will be taken, including when entering and leaving government buildings, wearing masks is obligatory.
Departmental video conferencing will continue to be encouraged to minimize crowded gatherings.
China introduced the name for its first mission to Mars
The China National Space Administration (CNSA) introduced the name of its first mission to Mars — “Tianmen-1”.
The mission received its name in honor of the Tianmen poem, authored by the ancient Chinese poet Cai Yuan. Literally, the name translates as “Questions to Heaven.”
It is estimated that Beijing will launch an unmanned probe to fly to Mars as part of this mission this year. CNSA said that in the future, all Chinese missions to explore other planets will be called Tianmen.
China is preparing to conquer Mars, the name of the mission is kept in a secret
The name and logo of China’s first mission to Mars will be unveiled on April 24.
The flight of the Martian probe is scheduled for 2020. As part of the mission, a fly-around around the Red Planet will be implemented, as well as access to the orbit of Mars and soft landing of its landing modules with a rover.
China has announced the end of corona virus epidemic
China ranks third in the number of infection cases detected in the country 81,439.
In China, as a whole, it was possible to stop the spread of corona virus infection, said a spokesman for the State Committee on Health of China, Mi Feng, reports Xinhua.
According to him, data on March 28 indicate that the number of confirmed cases of corona virus infection domestically is less than 3 thousand.
He noted that a new round of virus control in China is possible, as the number of imported cases continues to grow. On Saturday, 693 cases were reported from 42 countries, Mi Feng said.
According to the South China Morning Post on March 29, China ranks third in the number of infections detected in the country (81,439). Ahead of the United States (122,666) and Italy (92,472). In mainland China, 3.3 thousand people died from corona virus infection.
Doctors doubt the new ventilator
In the Federation of Anesthesiologists and Resuscitators, they doubted the new unique apparatus for artificial lung ventilation (IVL), which allows you to “ventilate from two to three to four patients.”
Doctors called it tempting to use the new device in connection with the corona virus pandemic, but noted that a more detailed study of the issue "makes me strongly opposed.”
The report stated that the main purpose of applying respiratory support is to maintain normal intrapulmonary gas exchange. However, when distributing ventilation it is impossible to achieve this goal. It is noted that patients need a different ventilation mode, so the use of one device for several people are unacceptable.“Therefore, we will express ourselves very definitely: it’s better to take the previous generation devices from the warehouse, check them and use them in the least severe patients than to“ distribute ventilation ” from the experimental machine to two or three or four patients,” the statement said.
In the comments, some users, including doctors, agreed with the opinion of experts, but noted that the decision to use the distribution of ventilation for several people was explained by a situation of hopelessness. One of the users considered that it is impossible to cure the patient in this way, however, you can help him survive until the moment when free ventilators for all those in need appear.
Named the temperature at which the corona virus is activated
Scientists warn that the virus can be on the outer surface of medical masks for up to seven days.
Corona virus COVID-19 can remain active for a sufficiently long period, scientists from the University of Hong Kong said.
According to doctors, a temperature of about 4 C is favorable for the virus. Moreover, if disinfection is neglected, it will remain active for about two weeks.
Studies have shown that COVID-19 does not withstand high temperatures, already at 70 C it deactivates in just five minutes. The duration of its activity also differs depending on the surface: on paper it will last about three hours, but on wardrobe items and processed wood — up to two days, on glass — up to four, and on plastic — up to seven.
Scientists warn that on the outside of medical masks COVID-19 can last up to seven days, and urged to pay special attention to disinfection.
Corona virus pushed iPhone manufacturers to create factories outside of China
The corona virus pandemic forced manufacturers to close production. To avoid this happening factories will be launched in other countries.Wistron Corp, one of Apple's product makers, has announced that it will move half of its production capacity outside of China within a year. This decision came after factories closed in China due to the corona virus pandemic.
Decisions on the geographical distribution of their production were also made by other Apple product manufacturers, including Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (known as Foxconn), Inventec Corp, Pegatron Corp.
Wistron transfers its capacity to India - the company is already collecting iPhone in this country. It is planned to allocate $1 billion for expansion.
Pegatron, whose factories also build iPhones, plans to launch production in Vietnam in 2021. Invented, an AirPods manufacturer, is also preparing a factory in Vietnam.
Foxconn says there could be a global shift in the electronics manufacturing chain that has existed for more than three decades.
Device manufacturers from other vendors are also studying factory locations outside of China. Meiloon Industrial Co, a device maker for Harman International Industries and Xiaomi Corp, says it is considering Taiwan and Indonesia.
Medical mask production in China breaks records
In the first two months of 2020, almost 9 thousand new manufacturers of medical masks appeared in China. Moreover, it often took only 10-15 days to create a full-fledged factory for tailoring masks. The need for new capacities arose in connection with the spread of the corona virus COVID-19.
According to the National Development and Reform Commission, quoted by the South China Morning Post, in early February, China issued 20 million masks daily; by the end of February, this figure rose to 110 million, or 450%. And if in 2019 China delivered half of all medical masks to the world market, then this year, while maintaining the pace of production, last year's volume will be exceeded 10 times.
In the wake of hype in the first weeks of the epidemic and then, when a pandemic was declared in the world, such factories worked around the clock. Even a small-sized enterprise can produce several tens of thousands of masks. “A mask-making machine is a real printing press for money,” Shi Sinhui, manager of one of these companies in Guangdong Province, told AFP. “Now the profit from one mask is a few cents, while before it did not reach one. Printing 60–70 thousand masks a day is like printing money. ” According to manufacturers, the purchased equipment for the production of masks pays off in two weeks. And orders, especially from abroad, are provided for a long time ahead.