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Chinese city pays $ 1,400 for reporting coronavirus symptoms

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — A city in the Chinese province of Hubei, which has become the epicenter of the global coronavirus epidemic, will pay residents up to 10 thousand yuan ($ 1,425) if they report symptoms in advance and the disease is confirmed, reports Reuters.

Qianjiang, a city with a population of about a million people, located about 150 km from the affected capital of Wuhan province, has reported 197 cases of the disease to date and is stepping up efforts to ensure the maintenance and treatment of those infected.

This is the last of a number of regions offering cash rewards to encourage members of the public to volunteer for medical screening.

Hubei reported more than 65 thousand cases and more than 2600 deaths from the epidemic. Worldwide, the death toll is about 2,800, and about 80,000 were infected.

Qianjiang epidemic working group said in a notice that residents will be eligible for full payment of 10,000 yuan if a coronavirus diagnosis is confirmed. Those who were previously diagnosed will not be able to count on a payment.

Those who have not been diagnosed with the disease will be given 1 thousand yuan, and those who are suspected of having the coronavirus disease will be paid 2 thousand yuan.

Other areas of Hubei, including Wuhan in Hanyang and the neighboring city of Huangguang, also offered cash rewards to people who voluntarily wanted medical checks, but at a much lower rate – about 500 yuan.

Media in Jiangxi and Hebei provinces also report that local cities offer payouts of around 300-500 yuan.

China had previously made it clear that people with signs of infection could be screened for free, and also provided funds to local governments to ensure that there were no financial constraints to the study of the health of Chinese citizens.

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