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Epidemic prevention and control a primary task: Beijing govt

Global Times

By Global Times Published: Dec 31, 2020 10:31 AM

The primary task of the Chinese capital is to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Beijing government said, calling on the city to ensure the epidemic will not resurge during the New Year and Spring Festival holidays.

Beijing Party chief Cai Qi chaired Wednesday's capital epidemic prevention and control meeting. According to the meeting, local governments should strictly manage key regions, making sure people can only enter but not leave the communities and buildings that were locked down.

It also said Beijing will promote COVID-19 vaccinations to key groups in an orderly manner—making sure those in need can be vaccinated. It called on the whole society to strictly limit gatherings, and said companies should not organize annual galas, training and dinning parties.

The capital, home to more than 20 million residents, has reported more than 20 local COVID-19 infections in three districts over the past two weeks. Beijing reported two more cases on Thursday, both were employees of Jinma industrial area in Shunyi district who have been put under medical quarantine as close contacts of confirmed patients.

Shunyi district, where the Beijing Capital International Airport is located, has reported a cluster of infections over the past week, and the Beijing health authority said Wednesday that the spike in the district was caused by an imported case from Indonesia.

The meeting stressed to strictly implement a 14-day quarantine plus 7-day medical observation for all flight arrivals from abroad. It also said it would strengthen the monitoring of imported cold food chains, and those without inspection and quarantine certificates, nucleic acid test reports, disinfection certificate, and tracing information cannot be purchased, used or sold.

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