(Fighting against New Coronary Pneumonia) The global epidemic continues to rebound. How can China strengthen its foreign defense against imports and make management and control more standardized?
“At present, the global epidemic continues to rebound, and China‘s foreign defense input pressure is increasing. The BA.5 sub-branch of Omicron is becoming the main epidemic strain in the world, and it has caused local cluster epidemics in my country. The prevention and control situation is severe and complicated.” At the press conference of the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council of China on the 8th, Mi Feng, the spokesperson of the National Health Commission, made this statement at the beginning.
Recently, local epidemics caused by imported cases of Omicron BA.5 mutants have appeared in Beijing, Shaanxi and other places one after another. In the face of this “more infectious” sub-branch of the new variant of the new coronavirus, China has deployed to further strengthen the foreign defense import work, and the management of inbound personnel has become more standardized and strict.
Import prevention: continue to do a good job in port epidemic prevention and control
The BA.5 and BA.4 subclades of Omicron variants have become the main epidemic strains in South Africa, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Israel and other countries, and BA.5 and BA.4 infections have also occurred in France, the Netherlands and other European countries and the United States cases of increase. While the overseas epidemic has rebounded significantly, China‘s foreign defense import pressure has continued to increase.
“In the face of the severe and complicated epidemic situation, the comprehensive team of the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council has deployed various places to further strengthen the import of foreign defense.” At the press conference on the same day, Lei Zheng, deputy director and first-level inspector of the National Health Commission’s Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention Long mentioned the “port” many times.
He pointed out that it is necessary to strengthen the closed-loop management of personnel in high-risk positions at ports. It is required to strengthen the main responsibility of each unit, improve the personnel management system, and implement prevention and control measures such as centralized residence of high-risk personnel, closed-loop management, nucleic acid testing, health monitoring, and personal protection.
In addition, it is necessary to strengthen epidemic prevention and control in port cities. Land border port cities should urge cross-border transportation enterprises to implement non-contact cargo handover methods such as drop-and-hang, pick-up, and hoisting, and implement closed-loop management of the entire process for cross-border truck drivers.
Talking about the prevention and control of the new crown pneumonia epidemic at ports, Li Zhengliang, deputy director of the Department of Health and Quarantine of the General Administration of Customs, also pointed out that the customs strictly carry out various measures such as health declaration card verification, temperature monitoring, sampling and testing, handover and transfer for inbound personnel; Conscientiously do a good job in the boarding and quarantine of inbound vehicles such as aircraft and ships, and strictly supervise the terminal disinfection of inbound passenger aircraft and various high-risk vehicles.
Li Zhengliang also mentioned that at the same time, closely monitor the trend of new outbreaks of infectious diseases such as monkeypox and acute severe hepatitis in children of unknown cause, and strengthen quarantine inspections to prevent the superposition of epidemics.
“7+3”: more standardized isolation and control of inbound personnel
Strengthening the isolation and control of entry personnel is also a focus of strengthening foreign import prevention work. Lei Zhenglong pointed out that it is necessary to strictly implement the management measures of “7-day centralized isolation medical observation + 3-day home health monitoring” for inbound personnel, and strengthen the standardized management of centralized isolation points.
However, recently, in Shanghai, Jiangxi, Beijing and other places, some individuals entering the country have tested positive after being released from centralized isolation. National and regional disease control experts have carried out investigation and analysis and risk investigation, and found that there are weak links and hidden dangers in the management of individual immigration centralized isolation points, which need to be highly valued.
For example, in some places, the frequency of nucleic acid testing for inbound personnel during centralized isolation is insufficient; some centralized isolation points do not assess and investigate the risk of cross-infection within the isolation point after positive infection is found; there are also individual immigrants who are released from centralized isolation After that, they did not strictly implement the 3-day home health monitoring, nor did they take the initiative to report, and even went out to participate in gathering activities during the home health monitoring period.
“We have repeatedly emphasized that the ‘7+3’ control policy is not to relax the requirements, but to require us to manage more standardized and stricter, so that effective prevention and control effects can be achieved.” Lei Zhenglong said.
He also said that in the early stage, the comprehensive team of the joint prevention and control mechanism of the State Council carried out pilot research on the optimization of new crown pneumonia epidemic prevention and control measures in some port cities across the country. Based on the results of the pilot study and the epidemic prevention and control practice in many places in China, the ninth edition of the prevention and control plan has optimized and adjusted the isolation and control time of inbound personnel. “The optimization and adjustment of the control measures for inbound personnel is based on sufficient scientific basis, as well as the basis for prevention and control practices.” (End)