China’s health authorities dispatch working groups to supervise local implementation of 20 optimized anti-COVID measures
Published: Nov 27, 2022 01:14 PM
Wang Liping, a research fellow at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wang Liping, a research fellow at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The National Health Commission and the National Administration of Disease Control and Prevention has jointly sent working groups to supervise local authorities' implementation of the ninth version of the epidemic prevention and control plan and the 20 optimized measures against COVID-19 to curb the epidemic resurgence as soon as possible, a CDC expert confirmed.

Wang Liping, a research fellow at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said given the two extremes taking place in some jurisdictions with some engaging in "lockdowns" of entire cities, and other "lying flat" in front of the pandemic, the joint prevention and control mechanism team of the State Council has promoted strict and determined correction of a local one-size-fits-all approach, as well as problems arising during the implementation of 20 optimized measures, the China Central Television reported.

China's ninth version anti-COVID plan and the 20 optimized measures require effective coordination and information sharing among the investigation, transferring and testing groups, which is the key to controlling sudden outbreaks, Wang pointed out.

The 20 optimized measures not only require a scientific and determined approach, but also provided guidance on a people centric COVID-19 prevention strategy, Wang said. 

China is currently facing a complicated anti-epidemic situation as COVID-19 is spreading over areas including Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality and Sichuan Province, South China's Guangdong Province, North China's Beijing and Hebei Province, among others. According to the National Health commission,  39,506 daily new cases were reported on Saturday.

To ''further explain 20 measures'' for optimizing epidemic response, China on last Monday outlined four technical documents with detailed regulations governing nucleic acid testing, classification of risk areas, home quarantine and home health monitoring.

According to the documents, local authorities should not roll out mass nucleic acid testing if there is no outbreak. Instead, they should closely focus on key populations.  

The documents also underscored mental health support for those subject to COVID-19 quarantine or health monitoring to avoid stress-triggered extreme events, with special attention to vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, the elderly and those with underlying diseases.