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National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China
Aug 8: Daily briefing on novel coronavirus cases in China
On Aug 7, 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps on the Chinese mainland reported 31 new cases of confirmed infections, 5 new cases of suspected infections, and no deaths.
Nation readies for fall, winter COVID-19 spikes
China is gearing up for a serious battle against the novel coronavirus in the fall and winter by building a more expansive and agile network of nucleic acid testing resources, officials said on Aug 5.
The country’s current testing capacity is sufficient to cope with sporadic clusters of infections and meet demand for implementing regular disease control measures. More efforts will then be devoted to stepping up regional testing capabilities, increasing the number of mobile laboratories and accelerating development of rapid testing kits, according to officials.
The persistent drive to ramp up testing was recently stressed by the central government as health experts urged caution against potential COVID-19 outbreaks in fall and winter months, which could be worsened by the circulation of other contagious viruses－such as the seasonal flu－and gradual reopening of borders while the virus continues to rage globally.
“We should conduct a thorough evaluation of the transmission risk in fall and winter and step up preparedness in advance. It is better to have excessive stockpiles than face shortages,” said Wang Jiangping, vice-minister of the Ministry of Industry and Technology Information…
WHO advance team to China concludes their mission: WHO chief
GENEVA – World Health Organization (WHO) chief said Monday that the WHO advance team that traveled to China has concluded their mission to lay the groundwork for further joint efforts to identify the virus origins.
“One of the areas that we’ve been continuing to study is the origins of the virus that causes COVID-19,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference from Geneva.
As a result of these efforts, he said that WHO and Chinese experts have drafted the Terms of Reference for the studies and program of work for an international team, led by WHO.
“The international team will include leading scientists and researchers from China and around the world,” the WHO chief said…