China’s battle against coronavirus major strategic achievement: Xi Jinping
Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping has termed China’s battle against COVID-19 as a major strategic achievement, as the ruling Communist Party is all set to hold the postponed Parliament session on May 22 amid a steady decline in the coronavirus cases.
China’s National Health Commission (NHC) on Thursday said the country reported only four new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the total number to 82,862, while no death due to the disease was registered. The virus has claimed 4,633 lives in the country.
China’s arduous efforts to contain the coronavirus have brought a decisive outcome to the fight of defending Hubei and its capital city Wuhan, Xi told a high-powered Central Committee meeting of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) on Wednesday.
The nationwide battle against the epidemic has gained major strategic achievements, the state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Xi as saying.
Xi said Hubei, including Wuhan, should continue strengthening community-level epidemic prevention and control.
He asked officials to make efforts to contain the virus case at Heilongjiang Province bordering Russia, where a large number of Chinese returning from Russian cities were tested positive for coronavirus.
The meeting emphasised the need to accelerate work resumption and business reopening, help companies especially micro, small and medium-sized enterprises address difficulties, and promote the recovery of pillar industries such as auto manufacturing, electronic information, new materials and bio-medicine, the report said.
The meeting stressed accelerating farm production and expanding sales channels for agricultural products to boost income for farmers.
The Hubei province and its capital Wuhan — where the COVID-19 first emerged in December last year — were the epicentres of the deadly virus, which later turned into a pandemic, bringing the world to a standstill.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues its explosive growth overseas, Xi said, noting the mounting pressure to prevent imported infections and the growing complexity of stemming domestic epidemic resurgence.
Xi demanded no relaxation in epidemic control to safeguard the hard-earned achievements, the report said.
According to the NHC, all the four COVID-19 patients reported on Wednesday were imported cases.
The number of imported cases rose to 1,664, including 13 patients in severe condition, it said.