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China county offers 1,000 yuan for people from Wuhan, Russia says 30 drugs effective

Christian Fernsby |
A county Zhengding in northern China is offering 1,000 yuan to tipsters who report the presence of anyone from Wuhan, who has not already registered with authorities, the local government TV station said today.

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Topics: CHINA    WUHAN    RUSSIA   

Zhengding county’s TV channel gave two hotline numbers on its Weibo account one for the local government office and one for the county’s Communist Party office in a move that was applauded by many on social media as a necessary measure in extraordinary times.

“If you don’t report yourselves, don’t blame others for reporting you. We want to live,” one user said.

About 30 existing medical drugs are effective against Wuhan coronavirus recently discovered in China, said Gennady Onishchenko, former head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being, today.

"I want to allay our public’s concerns. There are already about 30 medical drugs that we have that are effective in treating this virus," said Onishchenko, who is now the First Deputy Head of the State Duma’s (lower house) Committee for Education and Science. "Twelve of them are medicines that we use to treat the HIV infection, and give to our HIV-infected children as a preventive measure," he told the radio station, Echo of Moscow, citing Indinavir and Saquinavir as examples. "These medications also work against this coronavirus, thank God," he added.

"Overall, we have been familiar with about 39 coronaviruses since 1965," Onishchenko said, adding that surely there are more.

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