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Beijing Reported One New Confirmed Case

2020/06/12

At a press conference on Beijing's COVID-19 response held on 11 June, Miao Jianhong, Deputy Head of the Xicheng District of Beijing, said that a new confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in the District. The confirmed case has been transferred to Ditan Hospital for treatment under isolation. The two close contacts from the patient's family have been sent to designated quarantine center for a 14-day medical observation, and their throat swab specimens were collected for nucleic acid testing (NAT). The first NAT results for the two close contacts were both negative.

Pang Xinghuo, Deputy Director of the Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Beijing CDC), outlined the control measures taken by Beijing CDC to trace COVID-19 cases, which include close contacts tracing, environmental sampling and disinfection.

Specifically, the city's CDC would do the following:

l take environmental samples from places visited by the patient in the 14 days prior to the day he started showing symptoms;

l take respiratory and blood samples of people concerned for testing to trace the possible source of infection;

l investigate international arrivals and domestic arrivals from medium and high-risk regions in the patient's residential community over the previous month, and examine possible clues such as the records of confirmed cases and high-risk personnel at nearby residential communities, workplaces, and hotels;

l transfer the patient to Ditan Hospital for treatment under isolation;

l take samples from the patient for genetic sequencing to analyze the source of the virus and correlations;

l send the patient's close contacts to designated quarantine center for a 14-day medical observation, and take their throat swab specimens for nucleic acid testing;

l strengthen management of the inflow and outflow of people at all residential communities, office buildings, and public places at the Yuetan Neighborhood, Xicheng District;

l require lower workplace occupancy level at office buildings in the area; and

l give nucleic acid testing to all residents of the same residential community as the patient.

Beijing CDC will act swiftly to identify key locations and key populations to cut off the spread of the virus based on the results from preliminary screening.

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