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General Secretary Xi Jinping Chairs Politburo Standing Committee Meeting

2020/05/07

The Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) met on 6 May to hear a briefing from the central command group which oversaw COVID-19 response in Hubei and to discuss ways to enhance the mechanism for COVID-19 prevention and control on a regular basis. General Secretary Xi Jinping of the CPC Central Committee chaired the meeting and made important remarks.

Xi noted that the command group was sent to the hard-hit Hubei Province by the CPC Central Committee to oversee the implementation of the decisions and plans of the CPC Central Committee and provide more guidance on containment efforts at the front line. Under the solid leadership of the CPC Central Committee and with massive support from all ethnic groups in the country, the central command group fought side by side with the people in Hubei and its capital city of Wuhan. They pooled the best resources and efforts to stem the source of infection, treat and save patients, and ensure the availability of containment supplies. Thanks to their heroic efforts, the first line of defense against COVID-19 for the entire country was firmly held. They demonstrated the Chinese strength, spirit and efficiency, and made vital contribution to securing a victory in this all-out people's war against COVID-19.

Xi underscored the considerable uncertainties facing China's COVID-19 containment work due to the continued spread of the virus overseas and latest clusters of local cases. Hubei has shifted from extraordinary emergency response to containment on a regular basis. That, however, does not mean it is time to relax or relent the control efforts. The CPC Central Committee has decided to send a contact group to further guide and support the follow-up work in Hubei and Wuhan. The contact group must offer more guidance on providing convalescent care and counseling services to recovered COVID-19 patients, and oversee the implementation of regularized containment measures to forestall both case import and domestic resurgence. There should be no slackening on any front to ensure that the gains in fighting the virus will be consolidated. We must never allow our previous effort to be made in vain. While coordinating the containment work in Hubei and Wuhan, the group will also help deliver the policy package to support Hubei's economic and social development in order to speed up the return of life and work to normal.

(The full text is available at http://www.xinhuanet.com/politics/leaders/2020-05/06/c_1125949374.htm)

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