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China acts swiftly to contain COVID-19 resurgence

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A staff member works at a COVID-19 nucleic acid testing laboratory in east China's Shanghai on Wednesday. – XINHUA

CHINA: Decisive, swift and tailored measures are being implemented across China to contain the latest novel coronavirus flare-ups.

The highly contagious and elusive Omicron variant has constituted a new threat to existing anti-epidemic measures.

China’s economic hub Shanghai, where over 4,300 asymptomatic carriers were logged within a day, launched a new round of citywide nucleic acid testing on Monday.

The megacity with a population of over 24 million has been split into two parts to enforce temporary closed-off management between March 28 and April 5 to hunt down possible infections and curb the spread of the virus. Within 20 hours, more than 8.2 million people had been sampled.

Local authorities said the measure is being taken to curb the spread of the virus, protect people’s lives, and achieve the dynamic zero-COVID target as soon as possible.

The booming number of asymptomatic cases has brought unprecedented pressure to quarantine venues in Shanghai.

An orderly and swift quarantine procedure to harbour as many infections as possible is vital to ensuring effective epidemic prevention and control measures against the Omicron variant, according to Chen Erzhen, who is in charge of medical treatment in Shanghai’s isolation venues.

“Though highly transmissive, the virulence of the Omicron variant is gradually decreasing, which explains the large number of asymptomatic infections,” noted Chen.


Thursday, March 31, 2022 – 01:00

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