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Premier Li Keqiang Chairs Meeting of Central Leading Group On Responding to the Novel Coronavirus Disease Outbreak

2020/04/23

On 22 April, 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, chaired a meeting of the leading group.

The meeting underlined the imperative to earnestly implement the decisions made at the meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee chaired by General Secretary Xi Jinping and carry out the work plans of the leading group.

Considering the new circumstances and challenges at home and abroad, the meeting urged staying focused on targeted containment and detecting and reinforcing areas of weakness to forestall any resurgence of infection. It called for all-round progress in restarting work and full-capacity production and restoring normal life and work on the basis of regularized containment measures.

The meeting noted the recent occurrence of case clusters and cross infection in hospitals in a few Chinese cities. It directed competent authorities to promptly send a working group consisting of disease control and medical experts to cities concerned to supervise local efforts in ascertaining causes and releasing information.

The movements of confirmed, suspected and asymptomatic cases as well as their close contacts must be thoroughly traced to cut off the transmission routes and plug the response loopholes, with particular focus on fending off the risk of hospital-acquired infection.

The meeting urged strict enforcement of early detection, reporting, quarantine and treatment, and fact-based, open and transparent information disclosure. It warned against any cover-up and directed local authorities to carry out their duties in these areas according to law.

The meeting urged all localities to draw lessons from recent cases and stay on high alert against clusters of cases, especially hospital-acquired infections.

The meeting highlighted early detection as the first-order priority in fulfilling the requirement of early detection, reporting, quarantine and treatment. It urged boosting the testing capacity and conducting nucleic acid and antibody tests on a large scale for more effective containment on a regular basis. These efforts will better focus containment measures and protect people's health. They will also facilitate necessary flow of people and full resumption of work and production.

The meeting called for upgrading the testing technologies at a faster pace, and increasing the production of easier-to-operate, more efficient testing equipment with greater accuracy. Such equipment should be distributed widely to hospitals, points of entry and other places in high need, and their commercial use be expanded to make tests available to all key groups in need.

As work and business restart, all willing employees in workplaces and venues with large gatherings of people should receive such tests on a priority basis. Test results and other such information should be shared and recognized across regions.

The meeting urged boosting full-capacity production, steadily resuming consumer services and reopening schools, enabled by effective containment measures.

The State Council's inter-agency task force is required to adjust and optimize the criteria for determining epidemic risk levels to more accurately reflect risk exposure at the local level and better adapt to the need of regularized containment.

With international labor day holiday approaching, local authorities are directed to enhance guidance and make proper, well-calibrated containment arrangements as travels and tourism activities increase.

The meeting called for strengthening and refining response measures in land points of entry, including making targeted contingency plans in light of situations on the ground.

More manpower, facilities and equipment for imaging tests and treatment, and other containment supplies will be allocated to the border cities.

The inter-regional task force for epidemic response at land points of entry will be strengthened to better coordinate the paired assistance for border regions from other provinces.

The meeting called for enhancing international cooperation, stepping up the market oversight and quality supervision of anti-epidemic medical supplies, and facilitating customs clearance for items for foreign assistance or export.

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