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Published: 10:13, August 14, 2022 | Updated: 11:03, August 14, 2022
Vice-premier urges efforts to curb virus outbreak in Hainan
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Published:10:13, August 14, 2022 Updated:11:03, August 14, 2022 By Xinhua

A volunteer works at a nucleic acid testing site in Sanya, south China's Hainan province, Aug 7, 2022. Prevention and control measures have been taken in Sanya to fight against the new resurgence of COVID-19 in the city. (ZHAO YINGQUAN / XINHUA)

SANYA - Chinese Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan on Saturday urged swift containment of the latest resurgence of COVID-19 cases in south China's Hainan province.

Sun, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks during her inspection in Hainan's coastal resort city of Sanya.

Chinese Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan stressed improving the overall planning and allocation of resources throughout the province and taking resolute measures to clear COVID-19 cases

Sun stressed improving the overall planning and allocation of resources throughout the province and taking resolute measures to clear COVID-19 cases among the general public in the shortest time possible.

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She also called for efforts to accelerate the building of makeshift hospitals, optimize the whole process of nucleic acid testing, and strengthen community-level epidemic prevention and control.

Noting that the service provided to stranded tourists should be guaranteed, Sun ordered the province to carry out proper risk assessment and strictly implement the prevention and control measures to stop the spreading of the epidemic. 

Meanwhile, the Chinese mainland on Saturday reported 623 locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 494 were in Hainan province, the National Health Commission said Sunday.

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Altogether 1,844 local asymptomatic carriers were newly identified on the day, including 846 in Hainan, 443 in Tibet autonomous region and 396 in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, said the commission in its report.

A total of 120 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery on the mainland on Saturday.

The total number of COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals after recovery reached 224,443 on the mainland as of Saturday.

Saturday saw no new deaths from COVID-19, with the total death toll at 5,226, according to the commission.  


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