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Vice Premier Sun Chunlan Emphasized Early Detection, Reporting, Quarantine and Treatment toPrevent Spread of Virus during Inspection in Beijing

2020/06/24

On 23 June, Sun Chunlan, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier of the State Council, inspected the COVID-19 response in Beijing. Underlining the imperative of earnestly implementing the important instructions of General Secretary Xi Jinping and the decisions and directives of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, she stressed that more targeted containment measures should be carried out in priority areas and key links, so as to cut off the chain of transmission in the earliest stage possible and curtail the spread of COVID-19.

Sun pointed out that the Beijing CPC Committee and Municipal Government have attached great importance to the cluster cases detected in Xinfadi and adopted a string of targeted containment measures, which have achieved positive results. Through enforcing restrictive protocols and tracing and quarantining close contacts, the infection directly linked to Xinfadi has been largely brought under control. However, there have been some family and workplace cluster cases and sporadic cases in communities. This warns against any slackening of efforts or complacency.

Sun emphasized that nucleic acid testing is the first line of defense to ensure early detection, reporting, quarantine and treatment of cases and proactive screening of asymptomatic cases. Thanks to the concerted efforts of various parties, Beijing has vastly expanded its nucleic acid testing capacity and over 3.2 million people have been tested in total. The procedures of collecting, storing and transporting samples and of submitting test results should be further improved and standardized. It is important to increase the testing efficiency, expand testing coverage and ensure testing for all key populations in need, including those living in medium and high-risk regions or working in catering businesses and the logistics industry, and patients seeking treatment. Greater efforts should be made to conduct tests in low-risk regions through batch testing, which mixes several samples in a single test, in order to restore normal order of production and life at an early date.

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