Cap­i­tal com­mu­ni­ties lower risk levels for coro­n­avirus

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By DU JUAN du­juan@chi­

Nearly 20 res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties in Bei­jing have low­ered their risk level for COVID-19 con­trol and preven­tion as the city has taken ef­fec­tive mea­sures to con­tain the spread of the out­break, a se­nior of­fi­cial said on Wed­nes­day.

Bei­jing re­ported three new lo­cal cases on Tues­day, the fewest since the cap­i­tal found a clus­ter of novel coro­n­avirus cases on June 11, Pang Xinghuo, deputy head of the Bei­jing Center for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion, said at a news con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day.

“All three new cases are from Dax­ing district. One of them, who is fe­male and aged 20, gath­ered with friends on June 25 after she had com­pleted a 14-day self-quar­an­tine,” Pang said. “She had symp­toms of headache and vom­it­ing since June 21 but didn’t re­port it or go to hospi­tal.”

Pang re­minded the pub­lic that peo­ple should not par­tic­i­pate in any get-to­geth­ers when they are sick.

Ac­cord­ing to Pang, 47 com­mu­ni­ties in 11 dis­tricts in Bei­jing have found con­firmed COVID-19 cases since June 11. At the peak, there were five high-risk com­mu­ni­ties and 39 medium-risk com­mu­ni­ties.

As the mea­sures take ef­fect, one high-risk com­mu­nity had low­ered the level to medium-risk and 17 among the 39 medium-risk com­mu­ni­ties had be­come low-risk ar­eas by Wed­nes­day, she said.

Ac­cord­ing to the na­tional stan­dard, cities, coun­ties and dis­tricts with no ac­tive cases or with no new in­fec­tions in the past 14 days are cat­e­go­rized as low-risk; those with new in­fec­tions in the past 14 days and fewer than 50 cu­mu­la­tive con­firmed cases, or with over 50 cu­mu­la­tive con­firmed cases but with­out a con­cen­trated out­break in the past 14 days, are cat­e­go­rized as medi­um­risk.

By Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, the four high-risk ar­eas were in Dax­ing and Feng­tai dis­tricts. Xin­fadi, the whole­sale mar­ket to which all cases in the new clus­ter of in­fec­tions are re­lated, is lo­cated in Feng­tai and is close to Dax­ing.

From June 11 to Tues­day, there were 328 con­firmed cases in Bei­jing. Two pa­tients have been dis­charged and the rest are be­ing treated in Bei­jing Di­tan Hospi­tal, which is af­fil­i­ated to the Cap­i­tal Med­i­cal Uni­ver­sity and well-known for deal­ing with in­fec­tious diseases.

He Jing­tao, deputy head of Dax­ing district, said that by Tues­day, 65 con­firmed cases among the to­tal are from Dax­ing and are be­ing treated at Bei­jing Di­tan.

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