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Beijing to Revise Public Health Emergency Response from Level One to Level Two

2020/04/29

At a press conference on Beijing's COVID-19 response held on the afternoon of 29 April, Chen Bei, Deputy Secretary-General of the Beijing Municipal Government, announced that starting from 00:00, 30 April, Beijing will revise its public health emergency response from level one to level two and adjust its control measures accordingly.

Chen said that as of 24:00, 28 April, no new confirmed local cases had been reported by the 15 districts of Beijing for 36 days or more and 12 of them had seen no new confirmed local cases for over 70 days. Since 23 March when all international flights heading to Beijing were required to land at the designated first points of entry, the number of passengers directly entering Beijing from overseas has decreased and all have been required to undergo observation at designated places and take nucleic acid tests as part of the strict enforcement of response measures.

As for the sporadic imported cases, their source of infection is clear and transmission routes duly traced. The COVID-19 situation in Beijing is stable and under control.

Over the past three months and more, Beijing has taken rigorous and well-calibrated containment measures, including stringent entry control, quarantine and observation for both domestic and international arrivals, strict community-based management, health monitoring at workplaces, early screening at fever clinics, testing of all suspected cases and timely tracing and management of infection sources and close contacts. With these robust and effective efforts, a strong line of defense against the virus is in place and the risks are overall under control.

"All things considered, Beijing now has the conditions, both internal and external, to lower its emergency response level." Said Chen.

Chen said that the international labor day holiday, which comes on the heels of the adjustment, will be a stress test to the resilience of Beijing's COVID-19 response. The city will make coordinated efforts to ensure sound response and holiday arrangements. Parks and scenic sites are to introduce advance booking and staggered admission, cap the number of visitors and space them out, and avoid overcrowding at the ticket office and entry and exit. Shopping malls, supermarkets and catering businesses must enforce measures including wearing masks, taking temperature at the entrance, keeping one-meter distance, and setting customer number limits, and ensure sound ventilation, disinfection and good hygiene of their facilities. Transportation services at train stations, airports and other key sites and around key areas like parks, scenic sites and business districts will be kept smooth and running to ensure sufficient capacity of public transportation.

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