A leading group of China’s COVID-19 response on Thursday stressed measures to prevent the rebound of the epidemic within the country and called for stepping up prevention of imported cases through land and water.
The group, led by Premier Li Keqiang, called for comprehensive and scientific study and judgment on both domestic and overseas epidemic situation development.
Keqiang stressed that the complexity and severity of the epidemic situations should be fully recognised and should not be taken lightly.
Keqiang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, presided over the meeting.
However, the group stressed measures to target both imported cases and possible domestic epidemic rebound, calling for improved measures and mechanisms for emergency response and routine prevention and control.
According to the group, the domestic epidemic prevention and control should be carried out in a precise manner, urging firm, solid and meticulous prevention and control efforts to prevent cross-border COVID-19 transmissions.
It also called for orderly promotion of resumption of work and production, while preventing and controlling the epidemic in a scientific and precise manner.
“The achievements of the epidemic prevention and control work in Hubei Province and its capital city of Wuhan, the former epicentre of the outbreak should be consolidated,’’ the group said.
The group, however, pointed out that Wuhan should still have a strong team of high-level medical professionals specialised in intensive care to increase the cure rate and reduce the fatality rate.
The group stressed preventing a rebound of the epidemic domestically, adding that once a case was found, measures should be exercised immediately over the people and places where the virus might be transmitted.
It noted that the rapid growth of the epidemic overseas, called for stricter management on people entering the country and continuous efforts to further prevent importing and exporting the virus at airports.
The group also urged to strengthen cooperation with neighbouring countries and border control to battle the outbreak.