China’s week-long National Day holiday will start this weekend. Chinese authorities have asked the public to take precautions against COVID-19 and urged local officials to ramp up preventive measures. Sun Ye has more.
Ahead of the week-long National Day holiday, China’s health authorities say the country’s current COVID-19 situation is still “risky.”
LEI ZHENGLONG Deputy Director, Bureau of Disease Prevention and Control National Health Commission “There are many small COVID outbreaks in different parts of the country, most notably in Tibet, Ningxia, Guizhou and Heilongjiang. But compared with the situation in August, the number of daily cases has significantly dropped and there are fewer affected areas. With the national day holiday approaching, we are expecting more travel across the nation. Since the omicron variant is highly transmissible, we are still facing risks both from imported cases and local flare-ups.”
Authorities suggest doubling down on preventive measures in the holiday period – measures that are precise and doled out fast.
LEI ZHENGLONG Deputy Director, Bureau of Disease Prevention and Control National Health Commission “All across China, local officials should ramp up preventive measures to fend off the virus, regulate the flow of travelers and carry out closed-loop management for workers in high-risk positions. For areas already seeing outbreaks, they should respond fast and decisively.”
SUN YE Beijing “China’s biggest cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, have asked their residents not to travel far during the National Day holiday. And for those interested in museums and theatre, they must have negative PCR test results not older than 72 hours. SY, CGTN, BJ.”