Authorities in the Chinese city of Qianjiang have promised cash rewards to those who voluntarily turn to doctors when symptoms of infection with the COVID-19 coronavirus appear, the Beijing Evening News reported on Thursday.
"All those who come with a high fever and undergo an examination, but do not receive confirmation of the diagnosis (coronavirus - if), will receive a reward of 1000 yuan ($143). Patients with the suspected virus - 2000 yuan ($285). If the coronavirus is confirmed, the award amount will be 10,000 yuan ($1,426), " the city authorities said in a statement.
This measure comes into force on February 27 and will be valid until March 2, 2020. The city of Qianjiang, whose population is about a million people, is located in Hubei province, from which the spread of the coronavirus began. Currently, 91 cases of coronavirus infection have been identified in it. In addition, nine infected died. Earlier, similar monetary rewards began to be paid to the authorities of a number of other Chinese cities in Hubei province.