China to keep strict outbreak control measures in place as new wave hits 44 cities

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A medical worker takes a swab sample from a resident for nucleic acid testing at a community in Pingfang District in Harbin, capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, Nov. 1, 2021. Photo : Xinhua

From October 17 to November 5, some 918 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in China, with the current wave hitting 44 cities in 20 provinces with viral chains linked to several imported sources that are not linked to each other, has said a senior official of the Chinese National Health Commission (NHC) on Saturday.

Wu Liangyou, deputy director of the NHC’s disease control office, said at a press conference on Saturday. He also said the pressure China is facing to prevent a rebound of the domestic coronavirus with imported cases remaining a major risk. .

While responding to the media question on whether China will consider dropping or suspending the “dynamic zero COVID” policy on pandemic prevention and control, Wu pointed out that the facts proved that the policy China’s strict policy corresponded to national conditions and the scientific philosophy behind pandemic prevention and control, and it succeeded in balancing pandemic prevention with economic and social development.

China will keep in place its strict pandemic prevention and control measures to build a strong barrier that aims to prevent imported infections and contain the national resurgence, given repeated outbreaks in neighboring countries and around the world, Wu noted.

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