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

2020/05/08

On 7 May, 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 Standing Committee 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.

It required reviewing and applying the practices proven effective to optimize regularized containment. It stressed the need to forestall case import with targeted steps and consolidate the progress made in the containment to prevent a resurgence of the virus. At the same time, full-capacity production by businesses, resumption of consumer services and reopening of schools will be facilitated.

The meeting required all sub-national governments to promptly assess the containment measures taken during the International Labor Day holiday when there were considerable population movements and large gatherings of people. Sound measures should be summarized that facilitate both COVID-19 response and resumption of business at tourist spots, restaurants, accommodations and shopping malls.

The State Council inter-agency task force is directed to guide local authorities in issuing revised guidelines and applying the good practices throughout the country. Better focused containment routines will in turn make it easier to open more consumer services facilities to spur consumer spending and more effectively bring life and work back to normal.

The meeting required intensifying the inter-disciplinary research on key aspects to raise the capacity of nucleic acid testing.

It stressed the need to expand the production capacity of rapid, lab-free nucleic acid testing devices. To this end, more support will be extended to key companies in terms of policy, verification and evaluation to help them overcome bottlenecks in increasing capacity.

The meeting called for building mobile labs at a faster pace, involving more qualified third-party testing agencies in the nucleic acid testing, and ensuring that the testing is safe, fast and reliable.

Any infection, once detected, should be promptly tackled with targeted measures, and factual information be released in an open and transparent manner. No cover-ups or under-reporting will be allowed.

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