Chongqing — On November 19, the Information Office of the Chongqing Municipal Government held the 77th press conference on preventing and controlling the COVID-19 epidemic in Chongqing. Li Pan, Deputy Director of the Municipal Health Commission, announced that from 0:00 -24:00 on November 18, One newly imported confirmed case of COVID-19 was imported from Nepal.
As of 24:00 on November 18th, there was still 1 confirmed case in the hospital and 5 asymptomatic infections in Chongqing, all imported from Nepal and under medical observation. It’s reported that a total of 26,098 close contacts have been traced, all of whom have been discharged from medical treatment.
Li Pan mentioned that the current situation of epidemic prevention and control is still both complex and severe. The global epidemic is still spreading, and the pressure on preventing imported cases continues to increase. First, the risk of local transmission due to imported cases from abroad continues to exist. And second, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention separate live viruses on the outer packaging of cold chain food, which confirms the possibility of the virus using cold chain items as carriers and long-distance cross-border import. The import of contaminated cold chain food from abroad leads to an increased risk of local infection.
“Winter and spring are critical periods for epidemic prevention and control.” Li Pan said that Chongqing would spare no effort to protect the health and safety of the people. At the same time, Chongqing Health Commission appeals to the general public that low risk does not equal zero risks. They hope that everyone will take good personal protection and wear masks when going to “three types of places,” including crowded places, poorly ventilated places, and medical institutions. If you have respiratory symptoms such as fever and dry cough, you should consciously wear a mask and go to the nearest medical institution immediately.
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