The government is reorganizing wholesale vegetable and other markets in the face of the pandemic

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Liangzhu and Hangzhou Vegetable Wholesale Markets in Yuhang District, measures have been taken to ensure food safety and daily groceries are delivered quickly across the city.

The Liangzhu Vegetable Wholesale Market is operating normally, while the Hangzhou Vegetable Wholesale Market is still closed.

“The epidemic will not impact residents’ vegetable purchases and other needs, since we immediately launched the emergency plan to ensure adequate supply,” said Jin Huanguo, vice director of the Office of the Hangzhou trade.

The bureau organized vendors and operators to transport 3,000 tons of food to Liangzhu Wholesale Market every day.

Supplies for the whole city are stable and sufficient, including 2,600 tons of refined grain, 300 tons of edible oil, 700 tons of pork and 500 tons of eggs per day.

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Binjiang firefighters move the high-tech portable laboratory to Nanhuan Road.

Six supermarket chains and four online platforms strive to fully exploit the advantages of logistics and supply chain.

Supermarkets can sell 930 tons of vegetables every day, while online platforms can deliver 280 tons to customers every day.

“The bureau has strengthened price monitoring, and the number of supervised vegetables has increased from 7 to 26,” Jin said. “We have activated the price mechanism to balance the supply chain of basic necessities.”

Besides Liangzhu Vegetable Wholesale Market, Hangzhou Agriculture and By-Products Logistics Center, Wholesale Meat Market and Wholesale Grain and Oil Market in the city remain in activity.

Farmers, vendors, operators and consumers can visit with a pass issued by local authorities and a 24-hour negative nucleic acid test report. All wet markets are operating normally.

“Residents can buy supplies without worries, so there’s no need to stock up,” Jin said.

Some infected cases found in Hangzhou are truckers from other provinces. Drivers face the risk of infection, as well as other difficulties and challenges when transporting supplies between different cities and provinces.

The government is reorganizing wholesale vegetable and other markets in the face of the pandemic

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A firefighter from the Binjiang Fire Department moved the lab to a location on Nanhuan Road on April 5.

The lab can perform nucleic acid testing for almost a million people in 24 hours.

The complete Lei-Di Lab kit consists of six inflatable membrane structures. Since the lab can accommodate infected patients, Lei-Di’s mobile facility can form a complete mobile hospital.

In coordination with the local government, the company will deal with unexpected outbreaks.

Its stored membrane structure and on-board containers can be efficiently delivered to any place in the city.

On arrival, the interior and the prefabricated equipment can be put into service by unfolding the inflatable membrane structure.

The inner functional areas are separated by membranes. Intelligent cabin pressure control and dedicated outside air system can adjust the air pressure in different areas to form pressure gradient differences, realizing the conversion of positive and negative pressure.

The government is reorganizing wholesale vegetable and other markets in the face of the pandemic

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It only takes workers one night to dismantle, move and set up the Lei-Di Lab.

On April 6, Hangzhou announced 10 measures to support truckers. First, it will subsidize local freight companies up to 50% of the cost of disinfection materials and virus prevention equipment and measures. Freight companies may defer payment for basic health insurance and housing for employees.

All highway service areas and logistics parks will prioritize accommodation, boiled water, hot meals, showers and other services for truckers to ensure prevention and pandemic safety.

“The city’s 93 freeway entrances have boiled water and meal services. As of April 8, more than 2,590 drivers had received hot meals during regular meal times,” said Wu Zhirong, vice director of the Hangzhou Transportation Bureau.

All drivers receive free nucleic acid tests and green channels have been set up for trucks delivering pandemic prevention materials and daily supplies.

Hangzhou has also set up a membrane structure laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art medical diagnostic technology.

Lei-Di lab with negative pressure area can work as nucleic acid testing lab or isolation wards.

The foldable and portable facility was designed by Dian Diagnostics, a medical company based in Hangzhou.

The lab was built in Binjiang District in January to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Hangzhou during the New Year holidays.

On April 5, Binjiang firefighters moved the lab to a location on Nanhuan Road. It only took one night to move and settle.

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