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Virus: Nearly 23 million vaccine doses administered in China


BEIJING/CHANGCHUN - A total of 22.77 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in China by Tuesday, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.

Zeng Yixin, deputy head of the commission, made the remarks at a press conference held by the State Council joint prevention and control mechanism against COVID-19.

Health authorities are strengthening the management of vaccinations and using an information system on vaccination planning to trace every dose, according to Zeng.

Medical workers at vaccination sites were also asked to closely monitor and report all possible adverse reactions in accordance with due procedures.

Meanwhile, China's daily testing capacity for COVID-19 has surpassed 15 million samples, Zeng said.

"Our testing capacity is even stronger when we conduct pool testing, for example, five or 10 samples in one batch," said Zeng.

China is facing rising demand for virus testing as more people are traveling home for the Spring Festival, said Zeng, urging local authorities to improve their testing capacity and explore ways to lower the testing cost and increase the convenience for people being tested. 

The country has seen a notable rise in imported cases with the daily average number in January nearly double that of November last year, posing a challenge to efforts to contain the virus, Zeng said.

As the Spring Festival approaches, an important occasion for family reunions and gatherings, the risks of the virus spreading are mounting in the country, he noted. 

On pandemic response in rural areas, Zeng stressed the training of medical forces at the grassroots levels, especially rural doctors, to help them identify suspected symptoms.  

 A medical worker collects a swab sample from a resident at a COVID-19 testing site in Wangkui county of Suihua city, northeast China's Heilongjiang province, on Jan 26, 2021, amid the fifth round of mass testing in the county. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

55 new local cases on mainland

The Chinese mainland on Tuesday reported 75 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 55 locally transmitted and 20 arriving from outside the mainland, the commission announced earlier Wednesday.

Of the new local cases, 29 were reported in Heilongjiang, 14 in Jilin, seven in Hebei, four in Beijing and one in Shanghai, the commission said in its daily report.

One suspected case was newly reported in Shaanxi, bringing the total number of suspected cases to two, said the commission. 

No deaths related to the disease were reported.

By the end of Tuesday, the mainland had reported 4,644 imported COVID-19 cases with no deaths. 

Overall, the mainland has reported 89,272 confirmed cases, along with 4,636 deaths and 82,774 recoveries by Tuesday, according to the commission.

There were 1,862 patients still receiving treatment, of whom 111 were in severe conditions.

Tuesday also saw 61 newly reported asymptomatic cases, of which 14 were imported, while three asymptomatic cases were re-categorized as confirmed cases.

By the end of Tuesday, 10,222 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 173 deaths, had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), 47 cases in the Macao SAR, and 890 cases, including seven deaths, in Taiwan.

A total of 9,101 COVID-19 patients in the Hong Kong SAR had been discharged from hospitals following recovery, 46 in the Macao SAR, and 797 in Taiwan.  

Tonghua completes 3rd citywide testing drive

The city of Tonghua in northeast China, where a cluster of COVID-19 cases has appeared, has finished its third citywide nucleic acid testing campaign, during which 10 asymptomatic infections were found, according to local authorities at a press briefing on Wednesday.

A total of 361,927 people were tested and results for 252,879 people have returned, said Jiang Haiyan, vice-mayor of Tonghua in Jilin province.

Jiang said that a total of 2,750 close contacts and 3,779 secondary close contacts have been located and placed under centralized isolation.

By Tuesday, the city had reported 279 locally transmitted confirmed cases and 74 asymptomatic infections.

Published : January 28, 2021

By : China Daily