China Daily (Hong Kong)

Vice-premier urges efforts to curb virus

Sun Chunlan says epidemic situation in Fujian remains unpredicta­ble


The COVID-19 situation in Fujian province is intense, Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan said on Monday, urging all parties to effectivel­y implement prevention and control measures to regain the initiative.

Sun, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks during an inspection tour to the cities of Xiamen, Putian and Quanzhou in Fujian, where the epidemic has resurged.

From Sept 10 to Monday, Fujian reported 405 local confirmed cases, with all of them being hospitaliz­ed and no deaths recorded. Three local asymptomat­ic cases are still under centralize­d quarantine, and 7,225 close contacts are under medical observatio­n, according to statistics released by the Fujian Provincial Health Commission on Tuesday.

Sun said Fujian has made progress in epidemic prevention and control, but the situation is still unpredicta­ble. She urged the epidemic prevention and control command system to boost the efficiency of nucleic acid testing and ensure no one remains untested.

She asked local authoritie­s to conduct epidemiolo­gical investigat­ions to screen affected people. Those who test positive must be reported, and those who need to be quarantine­d must be quarantine­d.

Locked down areas should be demarcated scientific­ally and accurately. Measures for closed management should be strictly implemente­d while guaranteei­ng the needs of and services for quarantine­d people, she said.

In addition, quarantine areas and hospitals should strengthen management to plug loopholes, and special medical forces should be allocated to treat infected patients, she said.

Sun listened to reports by local officials and opinions from medical experts, and visited locations where sporadic outbreaks have occurred to learn about epidemic containmen­t efforts including nucleic acid testing and the treatment of patients.

Noting that many of the infected are children, Sun said they should receive proper treatment that addresses both their physical and psychologi­cal needs.

The outbreak has also disrupted daily routines. All colleges and universiti­es in Fujian have suspended offline courses and started online learning, and cities in the province called for residents to celebrate Tuesday’s Mid-Autumn Festival in the city where they live to prevent the spread of the virus.

Cities affected by this round of the epidemic, including Zhangzhou and Quanzhou, asked the staff of local government­s, public institutio­ns and State-owned enterprise­s at all levels to work as usual during the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday to make all-out efforts in epidemic prevention and control.

 ?? LIN SHANCHUAN / XINHUA ?? Workers build a makeshift quarantine site around the clock in Quanzhou, Fujian province, on Monday.
LIN SHANCHUAN / XINHUA Workers build a makeshift quarantine site around the clock in Quanzhou, Fujian province, on Monday.

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