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Beijing: Foreign Nationals Returning to Beijing Must Register and Report Health Conditions When Entering Residential Communities

2020/03/04

According to a press conference on the prevention and control of COVID-19 held in Beijing today, measures will be taken to strengthen epidemic control at residential communities (villages) with large numbers of foreign nationals, and foreign nationals returning to Beijing are required to register and report their health conditions when entering residential communities.

According to Zhang Qiang, Deputy Head of the Office of Community-level Prevention Group under the Beijing Leading Group on Epidemic Control of COVID-19 and Deputy Head of the Organization Department of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, Beijing has included foreign nationals into its community-level health management system. Foreigners returning to Beijing need to register their basic information, report health conditions and learn about relevant prevention and control policies. During their home observation period, they are required to report body temperature on a daily basis by means of Wechat, telephone or text message. Those with fever and respiratory tract symptoms must promptly go to fever clinics for diagnosis and screening. Confirmed and suspected cases and close contacts will be handled in accordance with established medical procedures. Should there be a gathering of foreign nationals in the community, community (village) workers need to offer reminders and persuasion, and inform them of risks of epidemic spread.

In addition, efforts will be made to raise the awareness of epidemic prevention and control among foreign nationals in Beijing and provide them with guidance as needed. Zhang Qiang stressed that booklets, posters and public letters in multiple languages will be made available to foreign residents living in various neighborhoods to brief them on how to protect themselves from the disease and seek medical treatment if needed. These materials with the latest updates on epidemic control will be delivered through door-to-door visits or the Internet. In areas with a rather large number of foreign nationals, hotline services in different languages will be available to answer questions on containment policies and help relieve mental stress caused by the outbreak. Communities may take in eligible foreign residents who offer to sign up as community volunteers. Efforts will also be made to enhance communication between foreign residents and their communities, the property management staff and other residents with a view to better preventing and controlling the epidemic together.

Epidemic control services for foreign nationals will also be stepped up. Zhang Qiang underscored the need to fully respect cultural traditions, living habits and religious beliefs of foreign nationals. And community (village) workers need to keep these in mind in their work. Real estate rental agents and landlords should also remind foreign tenants of the need to protect themselves from the disease and cooperate with epidemic control measures.

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