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China takes measures to rein in coronavirus spread

China takes measures to rein in coronavirus spread

Feb 10, 2020 - 18:06

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): As of February 8, there were 37198 confirmed coronavirus cases in China, and the number of new cases in non-Hubei areas across the country fell for the

fourth consecutive day, says the Chinese ambassador to Afghanistaninfo-icon.

At present, Wang Yu said, Wuhan has built four lines of defense to control the epidemic. First line, the medical and nursing staff of 64 fever clinics will make triage checks and make classified measures after suspected patients are locked as soon as possible.

Second line, 132 district quarantine points with 12571 beds will treat the person who cannot be clearly ruled out of the possible febrile patients of pneumonia infected with new coronavirus, close contacts of diagnosed individuals and so on.

In the next step, Wuhan districts will further raise school, hotel and sportsinfo-icon centers as centralised quarantine places. The most important thing in this line of defence is testing. At present, the detection capacity of nucleic acid in Wuhan has increased to more than 8000 copies per day.

Third line, three mobile cabin hospitals that have been put into use have a total of 4,250 beds. Five schools are expanding the construction of mobile cabin hospitals with a total of 5,400 beds, which will focus on the mild patients.

Fourth line, 54 designated hospitals in the city are responsible for rescuing critically ill patients and suspects, taking back the heaviest patients from the hands of death. These include 1000 beds of Huoshenshan Hospital, which were delivered a few days ago, and 1600 beds of Leishenshan Hospital, provided

on Saturday. Both took only 10 days to build and fully cover the 5G network, which can support simultaneous communication needs of 25,000 people.

Since February 1, the number of cured people in China has exceeded the number of deaths for many days in a row. Currently, 202 people from 24 countries have been confirmed and there is no relevant case in Afghanistan.

At present, Wuhan can provide more than 20, 000 beds, including a total of 80, 000 medical workers are fighting in these four lines of defense.

More than 1000 merchants in Wuhan currently ensure business and extend the time appropriately. The reserve of grain and oil is more than 40 days, the meat, poultry and eggs are sufficient, and the price is stable.

Despite the SARS epidemic in 2003, China's economy grew by 10% for the whole year. During the outbreak of SARS in 2003, China accounted for only 5% of the worldinfo-icon's economy. Today, it has risen to about 18%, making it the world's second-largest economy, with a GDP of nearly 100 trillion yuan in 2019. Compared with 2003, at present, China's economy is more resilient, the structure is more reasonable, and the government has a stronger ability of macro-control. It has introduced and will continue to introduce some policies and measures to encourage economic growth. In the medium to long term, as the epidemic gradually improves, it will not change the fundamentals of China's economic improvement.

In 1962, China sent its first Chinese medical team to North Africa. Coincidentally, the 24 experts of this medical team were mainly from Hubei Province. By November 2019, China had sent foreign aid medical teams to 71 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and Oceania, with a total of 26000 person-times and 280 million patients. At present, 1082 medical members from 57 Chinese medical teams are distributed in 117 work sites in 56 countries.

China has also sent a large hospital ship tailor-made for maritime medical rescue, the He Ping Fang Zhou, to the outside world.

In the 11 years since its entry into the list, the Hospital ship Peace Ark has gone abroad nine times, sailed more than 240000 nautical miles, visited 43 countries and regions, provided medical services for more than 230000 people, and performed more than 1400 surgeries. It has become a veritable boat of life, peace, friendship and culture.

By contrast, the 2019-2020 flu, which is currently prevalent in the United States, has so far infected 19 million people and killed more than 10000.

The H1N1 flu outbreak in the US in 2009 eventually killed 280,000 people worldwide, with a mortality rate of 17 percent, affecting 214 countries and regions, including Afghanistan.

The medical director for the Nordic region of the International SOS stressed China's extraordinary measures have well controlled the epidemic, with a mortality rate much lower than 10% of the SARS virus and 35% of the MERS virus, and most of the deaths are among the elderly or people with low immunity to other diseases.

The WHO director-general says trade or travel restrictions are of little benefit to public healthinfo-icon and do not support or even oppose travel bans. He stressed that this is time for facts, not fear. This is time for science, not rumors. This is time for solidarity, not stigma.



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