China to brace epidemic control along border

BEIJING: Chinese authorities demanded further strengthening epidemic control efforts along its land border to prevent the importation of COVID-19 infections.
The demand was made at a meeting of the leading group of China’s COVID-19 epidemic response, which was chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.
Noting the rapid spread of the pandemic overseas, the meeting urged authorities of border provinces and regions to improve their prevention and control plans in light of the local situation.
The meeting also called for cutting unnecessary cross-border travel and stressed cooperation with neighboring countries in epidemic prevention.
The meeting underscored the need to step up the management of asymptomatic infections and release daily and timely information.
Epidemiological surveys on asymptomatic infections should be conducted in places including Hubei Province and its capital city of Wuhan, and the reports should be made public to provide more scientific support for epidemic control, said the meeting. The meeting also called for coordinated efforts for epidemic control and economic and social development. – Agencies