Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, May 13th. Question: The national nucleic acid detection capacity is nearly 57 million per day, and the joint prevention and control mechanism of the State Council responds to the current hot issues of the epidemic
Xinhua News Agency reporters Dong Ruifeng and Song Chen
At present, the global epidemic is still at a high level, and my country continues to face enormous pressure from external defense imports and internal defense rebound. In recent days, the number of newly confirmed local cases and asymptomatic infections in my country has continued to decline. Since May 5, the number of new local infections nationwide has been below 5,000 every day.
What is the current overall epidemic situation in the country? Can nucleic acid detection capabilities “keep up” with prevention and control needs? How can community prevention and control further achieve “early detection, early reporting, early isolation, and early treatment”? In response to these hot social concerns, the press conference on the joint prevention and control mechanism of the State Council held on May 13 focused on responding.
The overall national epidemic situation continues to show a downward trend
Mi Feng, spokesperson of the National Health and Health Commission, said that in recent days, the number of newly confirmed local cases and asymptomatic infections in my country has continued to decline, but local transmission has not been completely blocked in some places, and the situation of epidemic prevention and control is still severe and complicated.
Lei Zhenglong, deputy director of the National Health Commission’s Bureau of Disease Control and first-level inspector, said that recently, the overall epidemic situation across the country has continued to show a downward trend. Since May 5, the number of new local infections in the country has been below 5,000 every day. At present, the epidemic situation in Shanghai is improving as a whole, and the number of newly infected people in the city is showing a steady downward trend. The epidemic situation in Jilin Province is in the final stage. The number of newly infected people in Beijing has decreased recently, which shows that the prevention and control measures are targeted and effective, but there are still reports of infected people who are not under control, and the risk of community transmission has not been completely blocked.
In addition, the epidemic situation in Guang’an, Sichuan is still developing, and it is necessary to carry out investigation and control as soon as possible. The epidemic situation in Henan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Liaoning and other places has gradually stabilized, and efforts are still needed to clear it as soon as possible.
Lei Zhenglong said that the current global epidemic is still at a high level, the virus is still evolving, and there is still great uncertainty in the final direction of the epidemic. my country will continue to face huge pressure from external defense imports and internal defense rebound. The National Health and Health Commission will unswervingly adhere to the general policy of “dynamic clearing” and guide all localities to quickly deal with the current clustered epidemics.
Establish a 15-minute walk nucleic acid “sampling circle” in big cities
According to the data of the National New Coronavirus Nucleic Acid Detection Information Platform, as of May 11, 2022, a total of 13,000 medical and health institutions and 153,000 technicians across the country provided new coronavirus nucleic acid detection services, with a total detection capacity of nearly 57 million tubes per day.
Guo Yanhong, Inspector of the National Health Commission’s Medical Administration and Hospital Administration Bureau, said that after more than two years of active construction, my country’s nucleic acid detection capabilities have made great progress. The establishment of nucleic acid “sampling circles” within a 15-minute walk in big cities will help the common people to carry out nucleic acid testing nearby, facilitate the early detection of infection, and further improve the sensitivity of epidemic monitoring and early warning.
Guo Yanhong introduced that Hangzhou, Shenzhen and other cities are currently actively carrying out this work. In order to expand the team of nucleic acid sampling personnel and meet the sampling needs, various regions are also exploring, and encouraging personnel with professional qualifications in health-related professional and technical occupations and qualified personnel trained by the local health and health administrative department to participate in nucleic acid sampling, not only limited to doctors and nurses; Personnel responsible for auxiliary work such as information entry, order maintenance and service guarantee can be general staff or volunteers.
Community prevention and control further achieves “four mornings”
The Omicron variant has a fast spread and strong concealment, which brings great challenges to community prevention and control. How can the grassroots further achieve “early detection, early reporting, early isolation, and early treatment”?
Wu Hao, head of the National Health Commission’s Community Prevention and Control Expert Group on the New Coronary Pneumonia Epidemic, and Dean of the School of General Medicine and Continuing Education at Capital Medical University, said that the isolation and control areas, control areas, and prevention areas were divided and different prevention and control measures were taken. It is a precise and effective solution. In view of the new characteristics of the Omicron variant, the relevant departments are further accelerating the time of sealing, management and control, and at the same time adopting temporary control measures to prevent risk spillage through the strategy of quick tube and quick screening, and quickly relieve the risk when it is removed.
Wu Hao introduced that according to different local conditions, prevention and control strategies and measures are constantly being optimized, and various regions are using more information technology means, such as the widespread implementation of site codes, electronic fences and other technologies in public places to improve the efficiency of community prevention and control.
“Let’s give full play to our country’s institutional advantages, consolidate the responsibilities of the Quartet, and build a situation of mass prevention and control.” Wu Hao said that in the future, the role of the village public health committee will be fully utilized, and key groups and key industry personnel will be screened and territorial units will do a good job. Health education of the Patriotic Hygiene Movement. At the same time, reasonably set up nucleic acid detection points, and give full play to the role of probe sentinel points such as township health centers, community health service centers, fever clinics, and pharmacies, and form multi-point early warnings to detect and deal with abnormal situations in a timely manner.