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China to Plan Permanent Covid Camps and PCR Test Sites within 15-min Walk

Ma Xiaowei, director of China’s National Health Commission, published an article in the latest issue of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) official Qiushi magazine that permanent Covid camps should be prepared and planned in advance, and provincial capitals and cities with a 10 million population should establish PCR test sites within a 15-minute walking distance. Ma also emphasized weekly Covid testing.

Ma wrote, “Practice has proven that the existing enhanced prevention and control measures can achieve the goal of ‘dynamic zero Covid.’ The vast majority of the transmission chain can be controlled within the latent period, or in an even shorter period of time.” As the Omicron strain of Covid-19 virus is highly contagious and there are many asymptomatic infections, Ma suggested “the lockdown and quarantine be more resolute.”

Earlier, the Chinese government stated that it would require local provincial governments to build or renovate a certain number of camps to collect Covid patients.

Source: Central News Agency (Taiwan), May 16, 2022