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Beijing Leading Group on COVID-19 Response Convenes Its 72nd Meeting and the 33rd Meeting of the Municipal Inter-Agency Mechanism for Entry Management

2020/06/29

On the afternoon of 28 June, the Beijing Leading Group on COVID-19 Response held its 72nd meeting and the 33rd meeting of the municipal inter-agency mechanism for entry management. The meeting urged extended medical observation of the individuals related to the Xinfadi Wholesale Market based on rigorous assessment of their situation and in a category-based approach to ensure steady and solid follow-up work.

Individuals to undergo continued medical observation will receive closer health monitoring and more counseling services. Standard procedures must be applied at the designated observation facilities to defuse risks and resolve inadequacies promptly. Community control against COVID-19 will not be slackened. Individuals identified as key groups must stay at home or otherwise be transferred to designated facilities for medical observation.

The meeting also noted that nucleic acid testing (NAT) should be expanded to each and every one in need as well as those asking to be tested. Resources should be better coordinated to ensure sufficient testing capacity for people in key areas. More needs to be done to upgrade the NAT online platform in its appointment and results-inquiry functions. The platform could also be connected with the Beijing Health Kit to give its users handy access to their NAT results. The city should scale up epidemiological investigation: cases with unknown sources must be probed without delay to find out the transmission chain; all close contacts of confirmed cases must be traced in shortest possible time to cut off the route of transmission.

The meeting also stressed the need for further assessment of the situation and greater efforts to trace the origin of the recent infections. Beijing must continue to prevent case import. To this end, stringent anti-coronavirus measures must remain in place for overseas arrivals, and the inspection and quarantine requirements of cold chain foodstuffs must be strictly observed. Every effort should be made to ensure that all ports of entry in Beijing are COVID-secure.

The city will optimize the allocation of medical resources. The current strains on medical services in medium and high COVID-19 risk areas will be dealt with, so that patients in need of critical and immediate care will get timely treatment. Hospitals must ramp up efforts to forestall nosocomial infections. With economic activities resuming, COVID-19 control measures must not be slackened. Sector-specific COVID-secure guidelines should be implemented. Markets, department stores and shopping malls are encouraged to designate personnel to carry out regular disinfection. At public places, disinfection and health monitoring should be ramped up.

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