China will continue to implement its existing COVID-19 control measures as they are science-based, effective and necessary amid the raging pandemic, Wu Liangyou, deputy director of the National Health Commission’s disease prevention and control bureau. He made the comment in response to a question on the prospect of dialing back what has been interpreted as “zero tolerance” policy against COVID-19— that is, aiming to eradicate all domestic cases whenever a fresh outbreak occurs.
“At present, the novel coronavirus’s spread around the globe, and especially in China’s neighbouring countries, is unstable and rampant, and the domestic epidemic situation remains complicated and severe this winter and spring,” he said during a news briefing. “The recent local outbreaks have involved several ports and have resulted in a number of chains of transmission,” he said during a briefing. Wu added that China had reported 918 confirmed local infections from Oct 17 to till now.