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Down from Level Two to Level Three: Beijing's Public Health Emergency Response to be Revised on 20 July

2020/07/20

At a press conference on Beijing's COVID-19 response held on the afternoon of 19 July, Chen Bei, Deputy Secretary-General of the Beijing Municipal Government, announced that starting from 00:00, 20 July, Beijing's public health emergency response would be revised from level two to level three.

Chen pointed out that Beijing reported no new confirmed cases for 14 days, no new community infections for 16 days, no cluster of more than two cases in workplaces or public places for 19 days, and no export of cases to other provinces for 29 days. As things stand, the COVID-19 situation in the capital is stable and under control with risk of infection low, community transmission contained and risk of exportation relatively small. Beijing is now in a position to revise its emergency response from level two to level three.

According to Chen, despite the revision, Beijing will continue to prevent both case importation and domestic resurgence, and keep up the ongoing response efforts. Specifically, the city will apply strict inspection and quarantine of food imports, strengthen monitoring of imported cold chain foodstuffs, and ensure that all international arrivals be placed under rigorous medical observation in designated places and undertake nucleic acid tests.

Chen also noted that Beijing will make the following adjustments to its control measures on the basis of citywide use of the Beijing Health Kit:

Ø Parks, scenic sites and indoor spaces such as sports facilities, libraries, museums and art galleries will reopen with capacity capped at 50 percent;

Ø Conferences of about 500 people can be held provided that organizers fulfill their primary responsibilities in terms of disinfection and ventilation, social distancing, face covering and sound contingency plans. Conference scales are subject to adjustments as the situation evolves; and

Ø Upon assessment, exhibitions, sports games, performances and cinemas will gradually reopen with limited admission.

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