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

2020/05/21

On 20 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 General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important instructions and carry out the work plans of the leading group.

It required that targeted efforts be taken to strengthen weak links, and step up containment measures in key regions and areas in line with the latest developments to prevent a resurgence of infections.

It called for stronger international cooperation on COVID-19 response.

The meeting emphasized that practices proven effective during the International Labor Day holiday should be reviewed and extensively applied, including those on epidemic control and business reopening, to improve containment on a regularized basis and accelerate the rebound in consumption and growth.

The meeting noted the effective containment of COVID-19 nationwide yet cautioned against any lowering of guard, citing the risk of cluster cases in some localities and a certain number of existing asymptomatic cases. It warned against any slackening of efforts or complacency.

The priority is to step up the epidemiological investigation of cases to track the sources of infection and break the routes of transmission. Speedy efforts must be made to shore up any inadequacies in terms of community level containment, prevention of hospital-acquired infections and shortfalls in nucleic acid testing capacity.

The scope of testing should be further expanded to detect asymptomatic infections in a timely fashion. Asymptomatic cases should be put under stringent medical management, and promptly classified as confirmed cases when symptoms occur. Information should continue to be disclosed in an open and transparent manner. The meeting required that prompt communication be made concerning common problems in the containment work across the country to enable local governments to draw lessons from each other’s practices. Every precaution should be taken to prevent sporadic cases and cluster infections. Preparedness plans and responses should be updated to keep all regularized containment mechanisms effectively running, to ensure timely detection, prompt handling, targeted management and effective treatment. Early detection, reporting, quarantine and treatment will continue to be enforced in addressing any sudden infections.

The meeting required that all institutions, especially schools and other venues with gatherings of people, continue to follow regular containment measures including ventilation, disinfection, temperature screening and appropriate social distancing, and enforce personal protection requirements. It also called for healthy lifestyles across whole society.

The meeting heard an evaluation report of the containment efforts during the International Labor Day holiday, the first in the context of regularized containment.

The holiday saw 121 million travels by different means of transport and 115 million visits to scenic spots by domestic tourists. There was also a significant rebound of consumption in the hospitality sector.

COVID-19 preparedness and response during the holiday was in general evaluated as effective, as the daily new confirmed and suspected cases, the asymptomatic cases and local close contacts still under medical observation, and daily visits to fever clinics were all below the pre-holiday levels.

The effective measures taken by various localities and agencies have offered experience for effective containment in the case of longer holidays or large movements and gatherings of people, and further reopening of business in the coming months.

Building on such experience, the meeting called for improving the regular containment measures and facilitating the full resumption of consumer services, to meet the daily needs of the people and restore normal work and life.

With this year’s NPC and CPPCC sessions approaching, the meeting stressed the need to enforce proper containment as required in light of the latest developments to ensure the safe and smooth convening of the two sessions.

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