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Yangtze Delta unites for economic development

THE Yangtze River Delta integrated development demonstration zone, which spans the administrative area of Shanghai and Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces, has cooperated in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

Major road junctions in the area merged checkpoints as early as January 29 to guarantee the effectiveness of joint prevention and control measures while avoiding duplication.

The area agreed on a single certificate from February 20, which provides more convenience for workers and vehicles carrying supplies in the area.

Online platforms established for the region’s integrated development also made contributions to control the epidemic.

On February 21, responding to the First People’s Hospital of Jiashan County, Shanghai pediatricians conducted a tele-consultation on a 4-year-old child with fever via the Shanghai Magnolia Remote Consultation Platform, and then gave a diagnosis and treatment plan.

This saved patients from multi-shuttling between two cities and reduced the risk of cross-infection, said Zhang Zhongwei, deputy director of the Shanghai Development and Reform Commission and vice chairman of the demonstration zone’s executive committee.

In accordance with the need for regional prevention and control and the resumption of work and production, six joint mechanisms were launched which included information interconnectivity, mutual recognition of the flow of people, co-insurance of vehicles delivering supplies, mutual assistance in emergency materials, and joint administration of public security.

“This is not aimed at a single aspect but a series of comprehensive measures, which is conducive to winning the overall battle of epidemic prevention and control, and has promoted resumption of work and production of enterprises in demonstration zone,” Zhang said.

As of February 26, more than 96 percent — or 3,099 — of the 3,225 industrial enterprises in the demonstration zone had resumed work.

Zhang said the demonstration zone has entered an intensive construction period, and had arranged 40 key tasks for the year.

These focus on innovating systems, panning, implementing projects and enhancing mechanisms.

Banks are also supporting integrated development of the region.

A related financial institution, the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank has said it will concentrate its business development strategy on the Delta.


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