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Updates on 66th Meeting of Beijing Leading Group on COVID-19 Response and 29th Meeting of Municipal Inter-agency Mechanism for Entry Management

2020/06/12

On the afternoon of 11 June, the Beijing Leading Group on COVID-19 Response held its 66th meeting and the 29th meeting of the municipal inter-agency mechanism for entry management.

A briefing was given at the meeting on the newly confirmed case in Beijing's Xicheng District. It was pointed out that this case is a wake-up call: the risk of an epidemic is always there! There is no room for slackness in regularized COVID-19 control. As long as a final victory is not achieved, we must stay on high alert and take decisive steps to eliminate the possibility of a rebound. We need to draw lessons from this case, stay vigilant and keep up the work to prevent both case importation and domestic resurgence. Regular containment measures should be implemented in a more science-based, targeted and effective way, so as to consolidate the hard-won results in the fight against the virus.

The meeting highlighted the importance of rigorous and immediate epidemiological investigation to identify the source of infection. Such investigation should cover a period of time long enough and all close contacts with precision, so that no one is missed. All loopholes must be detected and plugged. Greater focus should be given to key groups of people and key time periods to pinpoint high-risk populations and break the chain of transmission. Environmental sampling and health monitoring should be conducted in places where the confirmed case has been to. The community where the case comes from must adopt more stringent containment measures and follow all restrictive protocols. Relevant individuals should be investigated, placed under observation and tested as needed without delay. Fever clinics, emergency rooms and community health centers across Beijing must play their due role in early detection of cases, careful screening and timely early warning report.

The meeting stressed the importance of forestalling importation of cases and implementing closed-loop management. Requirements such as medical observation in designated places and nucleic acid tests must be fulfilled without fail to prevent any infected overseas traveler from entering Beijing. There should be continued tracking of developments in medium- and high-risk regions and strict control measures on travelers arriving in Beijing from these regions. Health monitoring should be strengthened at airports, train stations, and road checkpoints.

The meeting emphasized the need of solid, routine COVID-19 control in communities. Measures such as verification of entry permits and/or Beijing Health Kit and entry registration should remain in place. During the "Beijing Consumption Season", effective control measures must be implemented, and preparedness and response plans improved to prevent any infection. Control measures should be strengthened, and containment protocols optimized in sectors such as culture, sports, tourism, and catering to forestall any infections in venues with large gatherings of people. The meeting urged adapting the control protocols to the summer season and ensuring adequate ventilation of buildings and science-based use and proper disinfection of air conditioners according to relevant guidelines. The meeting called for early preparedness for COVID-19 control during the Dragon Boat Festival holidays.

Various containment guidelines should be updated, and timely health advice provided to raise residents' awareness about the importance of self-protection, the proper use of face masks, and maintaining social distance.

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