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General Secretary Xi Jinping Chairs Politburo Standing Committee Meeting

2020/05/15

The Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) met on 14 May to assess the COVID-19 situation at home and abroad and to discuss ways to effectively implement long-term containment measures and improve the stability and competitiveness of industrial and supply chains. General Secretary Xi Jinping of the CPC Central Committee chaired the meeting and made important remarks.

While acknowledging the good momentum of COVID-19 response nationwide, Xi noted the serious and complex situation overseas and the still daunting task of preventing domestic resurgence. He warned against any tendency to let down guard, become weary of the fight, take chances, and slacken efforts,and called for continued efforts to fully, strictly and methodically implement relevant measures to forestall both case importation and domestic resurgence, so that the hard-won progress in controlling the disease will not be lost. Xi stressed that such efforts are of crucial importance to securing an ultimate victory in the battle against extreme poverty and to completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

Xi urged greater efforts to prevent rebounds in key regions and key sites. More targeted measures must be made in Heilongjiang Province, Jilin Province and other regions with clusters of local infections recently. Hubei Province and the city of Wuhan must continue to step up community-based control and screening through nucleic acid tests, while the contact group sent to Wuhan by the State Council inter-agency task force should strengthen its guidance and oversight. Beijing needs to scale up containment efforts during the upcoming "two sessions" (sessions of the National People's Congress and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference).

Schools should be directed to flesh out their reopening plans to ensure the safety and health of teachers and students. Well-calibrated measures should be taken in medical institutions, including better management of patient caretakers and visitors, and orderly resumption of routine medical services, with a view to effectively preventing hospital-acquired infection.

The meeting urges effective implementation of long-term control measures. Localities must learn from the lessons of the recently reported cluster cases in some regions, plug potential loopholes, reinforce control on key areas, and double check their implementation of containment requirements, so as to prevent any resurgence of the virus. Those who fail to act on the decisions and plans of the CPC Central Committee must be held accountable. Summer weather should be factored in when making containment requirements. Efforts should be made to educate the public on science-based ways to protect themselves.

The meeting stressed the need to take more flexible and effective measures in light of the evolving situation overseas to shore up key areas and weak links in prevention of case import. The meeting urged continued support and care for overseas Chinese citizens, and enhanced inspection, quarantine and treatment capacity of border regions and point-of-entry cities. The meeting also noted the importance of further deepening international cooperation on COVID-19 response.

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