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

2020/05/15

On 15 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 urged continuing the solid and thorough-going work to prevent both case import and resurgence of infections domestically, and enhancing targeted containment among key regions, sectors and populations.

Every effort must be made to detect and deal with any loopholes. No potential risks should be left unaddressed as they may erupt into new sources of infections. There should be parallel progress in regular containment and restoration of normal life and work.

The meeting noted the broadly stable situation of COVID-19 nationwide yet cautioned against any lowering of guard, citing the sporadic cases in some regions and the cluster cases in Heilongjiang, Jilin and Wuhan. Preventing the resurgence of infections remains a formidable task.

The meeting required the local authorities concerned to ramp up containment measures and defuse potential risks. They are directed to carry out thorough epidemiological investigations to ascertain the sources of infection as quickly as possible, and see that every close contact is traced and put under proper management in order to cut off the transmission routes.

The containment measures at the community level should be intensified to curtail the further spread of the virus.

The meeting required the local governments to stay alert and keep up epidemic preparedness and response. They should refine regularized and targeted containment amid the reopening of factories, services and schools. Factual information should be released in an open and transparent manner, without any cover-up, under-reporting or delayed disclosure. Cluster infections must be strictly prevented.

The meeting urged expeditiously increasing the testing capacity, and expanding test coverage. The development and manufacturing of more accurate, convenient and faster testing devices and reagents will be prioritized, and training of testing personnel enhanced. The development of vaccines and drugs should be further brought forward.

With some countries considering gradually lifting restrictions, the meeting required adjusting case import prevention measures in light of the evolving situation overseas, as people-to-people exchange and economic cooperation may increase.

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