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Beijing's Leading Group on COVID-19 Response Convenes Its 79th Meeting

2020/07/25

The Beijing Leading Group on COVID-19 Response held its 79th meeting on the afternoon of 24 July to recalibrate response measures in light of the latest developments.

Noting the rapid spread of the virus outside China, the meeting cautioned that risks are still present and clear and containment efforts must not be slackened in the slightest way. It is imperative to guard against both case import and domestic resurgence and make sure that there is no letup, no loophole, and no rebound. Normalized containment measures must be implemented in a science-based, targeted and effective manner in coordination with economic and social development, which will serve as the basis for full restoration of economic activities.

The meeting urged vigilance against infections from entering the capital city. Closed-loop management as well as science-based, targeted control measures must remain in place, including strictly applying medical observation on international arrivals in Beijing and domestic travelers from medium- and high-risk regions. In principle, Beijing residents are not encouraged to travel to medium- or high-risk regions on business trips. The meeting called for close monitoring and further assessment of developments at home and abroad to forestall case import.

The meeting required companies processing frozen seafood and meat to enter into test arrangements with nucleic acid testing (NAT) agencies. Economic activities should be resumed at a faster pace on the basis of sound containment measures. The sector-specific control guidelines should be updated and contingency plans refined.

The meeting also cautioned the risks associated with gatherings as normalcy in production and life returns. Buses and subways must not be overloaded. Cinemas can reopen in a cautious, orderly and appropriate manner, with attendance capped at 30% of capacity and masks, good ventilation and disinfection ensured. Community containment should remain in place and NAT be popularized.

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