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Beijing: Number of Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients Drops to Six, None in Critical Condition

2020/05/18

As of 17 May, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Beijing had dropped to six with none of them in critical condition, according to a press briefing on Beijing’s COVID-19 response on the same day.

According to Lei Haichao, Deputy Head of the Medical Support Group under the Beijing Leading Group on COVID-19 Response and Director of the Beijing Municipal Health Commission, a total of 593 local and imported COVID-19 cases had received treatment in Beijing so far. Thanks to the joint efforts of municipal- and district-level designated hospitals, as of 17 May, the COVID-19 cases still under treatment in hospital had dropped to six and none of them was in critical condition. Medical experts are doing their best to treat the remaining six hospitalized cases.

For the next step in beefing up Beijing’s disease prevention and control system, Lei highlighted the need to increase manpower at the city’s disease prevention and control agencies and raise the professional capacity of the staff. It is particularly important to cultivate more high-caliber public health professionals and ramp up the examination and testing capacity and equipment of laboratories.

According to the press briefing, the number of institutions capable of conducting nucleic acid tests for COVID-19has risen to 70 in Beijing, with a daily capacity of 51,000 tests. Nonetheless, given future public health needs, the labs must further increase their examination and testing capability, especially the capacity to detect and ascertain the pathogens of new infectious diseases.

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