How has Huangshi City been so successful in treating COVID-19?

Huangshi City in Hubei Province, one of the worst-hit areas by the novel coronavirus, has managed to get a cure rate of 20.96 percent and a mortality rate of just 1.53 percent, both better than the average rates of the province at the epicenter of the epidemic outbreak. 

As of Sunday, the cure rate in Hubei reached 11.4 percent and the mortality rate at around 2.9 percent. 

Ai Yiming, deputy head of the expert team set up by the Huangshi municipal government to control the epidemic, has introduced the measures that have been taken to achieve that on Monday at a press briefing.   

Firstly, the municipal government has centralized the whole city's medical resources for unified allocation. A total of 1,955 beds have been set up for the confirmed cases and 3,280 medical personnel have arrived in the city from elsewhere in China.

The patients are divided into three categories based on the severity of their condition: mild, severe and critical, with each admitted to a different designation of hospital.  

Secondly, a mechanism has been established to allow the city's top health experts to treat different patients with different methods.  

For mild patients, the experts carry out periodic inspections and on-site guidance. Special attention is paid to elderly patients and those with underlying diseases, so as to detect early signs if their condition deteriorates and reduce the occurrence of transitions from mild to severe.   

For severe patients, the experts conduct hospital rounds and consultations on a daily basis to prevent conditions from worsening.  

For the critically ill, medical experts and experts on underlying diseases are gathered to offer personalized treatment to minimize fatalities.