Wuhan, Coronavirus, Covıd-19

Wuhan, Coronavirus

China city offers US$1,400 reward for COVID-19 patients who report to authorities

China city offers US$1,400 reward for COVID-19 patients who report to authorities


China city offers US$1,400 reward for COVID-19 patients who report to authorities

SHANGHAI: A city in China's Hubei province, the epicentre of the global coronavirus epidemic, will pay residents as much as 10,000 yuan ...

It is the latest of a number of regions to offer cash rewards to encourage members of the public to volunteer for medical checks.People wear masks as a preventive measure against COVID-19 virus as they look at their mobile phones while waiting at a food stall on a street in Beijing, China. (Photo: GREG BAKER/AFP)

AdvertisementAdvertisementHubei has reported over 65,000 cases and more than 2,600 deaths from the epidemic. Worldwide, the death toll is about 2,800 and about 80,000 have been infected.The Qianjiang task force handling the epidemic said in a notice that residents would be entitled to the full 10,000 yuan payment if their coronavirus diagnosis is confirmed. Those who have previously been diagnosed will not be eligible.

Those who are not immediately ruled out as suffering from the disease will be given 1,000 yuan, while those declared to be"suspected" cases will earn 2,000 yuan, it said.Other parts of Hubei, including the Wuhan district of Hanyang and the neighbouring city of Huangguang, have also offered cash rewards for people volunteering for medical checks, but at a much lower rate of around 500 yuan.

READ: Commentary: Three scenarios if the COVID-19 outbreak gets worseMedia in the provinces of Jiangxi and Hebei have also reported local cities offering handouts of around 300-500 yuan.

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