By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Health officials in China say the COVID-19 outbreak in Beijing has been tamed. It has been 14 days since the city has reported a positive case.
Since June 11, the Chinese capital city reported 335 confirmed domestically transmitted cases, of whom 205 remain hospitalized and 130 were discharged from Beijing Ditan Hospital after recovery.
After the city saw a resurgence in locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, mostly related to the large Xinfadi farm produce market in Fengtai District, the municipal government adopted swift and targeted measures to curb the spread of the virus.
Beijing was brought under control using timely epidemiological investigation, environmental samples, mass testing and targeted lockdowns.
One of China’s top epidemiologists, Zeng Guang said the following on how China can win the war against COVID-19: “We’ve been learning from the West, typically on epidemiology. But this time, we won the battle because the whole country was involved in the fight against the pandemic,” he said.
China’s advantages in its fight against the virus include a coordinated mechanism under which various government departments worked together and scientists could have direct dialogue with state leaders, he added.
Another factor in China’s success, according to Zeng, was the speed with which close contacts of COVID-19 patients have been separated and isolated. This was why China has outperformed Western countries, although the latter may have more accurate and advanced nucleic acid testing agents and methods, he said.
Through Saturday, the National Health Commission had received reports of 83,660 confirmed cases and 4,634 deaths in 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps on the Chinese mainland.
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