Spring holiday 'major test' for virus containment, health official says

China | 14 Jan 2021 2:04 pm

It is highly unlikely that China will experience a major resurgence of the new coronavirus during the Spring Festival, given that the nation has created containment measures to quickly identify, isolate and control any possible outbreaks, a health official said on Wednesday, the China Daily reports.

Feng Zijian, deputy director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said the center has gained more understanding of the new coronavirus in the fight against the epidemic during more than a year.

Large population movements and concentrations during Spring Festival, the traditional time for family reunions, and the increasing number of parcels being delivered, especially imported cold-chain goods, will add to the risks of infection.

However, as long as epidemic containment measures are strictly implemented, there will not be a large resurgence of the epidemic, he said at a news conference held by the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council.

Wang Bin, an official at the National Health Commission's disease prevention and control bureau, said: "We advise people not to travel during the Spring Festival holidays unless absolutely necessary."

The country is likely to face a "major test" in containing the epidemic during this year's Spring Festival travel rush, which begins on January 28 and ends on March 8, she said.

Every sector of society, including local governments, high-risk areas such as airports and ports as well as individuals, should strictly enforce epidemic control measures to deal with the increased risks, she said.

Feng said the recent outbreak in Shijiazhuang will be contained in no time as long as the containment measures are promptly and decisively implemented.

Elsewhere, Heilongjiang province reported 16 new local cases and Shanxi reported one on Tuesday, the National Health Commission said on Wednesday.

Heilongjiang declared a state of emergency on Tuesday and as of Wednesday afternoon, the province had reported 57 confirmed infections since Sunday.

Wang said that despite the recent outbreaks in different parts of the country, the overall epidemic situation in China is under control.


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