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Premier Li Keqiang: All Sub-national Governments must Release Epidemic Information in a Fact-based, Open and Transparent Manner, and No Cover-up or Under-reporting is Allowed

2020/03/25

"All sub-national governments must release epidemic information in a fact-based, open and transparent manner," Li Keqiang, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Premier of the State Council, and head of the Central Leading Group on Responding to the Novel Coronavirus Disease Outbreak, stressed at a leading group meeting on 23 March, "A fact-based approach means our containment measures must fit the realities on the ground. Any infection, once detected, should be promptly tackled in a targeted way and contained within the cases themselves and the circle of contacts. Being open and transparent requires that every case detected must be reported faithfully, without any cover-up or under-reporting."

Li noted that even as the spread of the virus nationwide, particularly in the epicenter of Wuhan, has been effectively stemmed, the risks for sporadic infections and localized outbreaks have not gone away. With the pandemic rampaging across the world, the situation remains complex and challenging. "The current epidemic situation, corroborated in the analyses made by Chinese and foreign experts, is posing a more serious challenge to our containment efforts," said the Premier, "An effective curbing of local transmissions doesn't mean that no sporadic cases will occur. Therefore, the early detection, reporting, quarantine and treatment requirement must continue to be fully enforced to forestall a second outbreak in any locality or even wider areas."

Li pointed out that most regions in the country have reported no new confirmed cases for days running. This is a development that the public certainly wants to see. We must make sure that release of the epidemic data is prompt, factual and accurate. There must not be any cover-up or under-reporting just to keep up the zero new case record. Communicable diseases should be tackled in a fact-based, open and transparent manner. This will help enhance people's vigilance about the risks and get them to be more self-motivated in taking precautions, which will in turn facilitate full implementation of the containment measures and help fend off a resurgence of the outbreak.

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