According to a health official, the latest Covid-19 resurgence in China has spread to 21 provincial-level regions, where new locally transmitted cases or asymptomatic carriers have been reported in the last few days.
With the number of cases exceeding 250 million worldwide, the country is facing greater challenges in preventing inbound cases, according to Mi Feng, a spokesperson for the National Health Commission (NHC), who spoke at a press conference, according to Xinhua.
The country is also at risk of infectious respiratory illnesses caused by low temperatures, according to Mi, who added that the risks are multiplied under such conditions.
Following the resurgence, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) has increased prevention and control measures across China’s land border ports in an effort to prevent the virus from spreading.
Lin Wei, a GAC official, told reporters here that the GAC has tailored an emergency plan for each land border port and is constantly fine-tuning them.
The goods will be transferred using a non-contact method. He went on to say that goods, including cold-chain food, would be sampled and disinfected.
The GAC has vaccinated all frontline workers at customs against Covid-19, and the GAC will continue to improve Covid-19 immunity among the group.
Efforts have also been made to ensure adequate epidemic prevention supplies at land border ports, as well as upgrades in their virus testing capacity.
According to the National Health Commission, China’s overall Covid caseload stood at 98,263, with 1,350 patients still receiving treatment, 19 of whom were in critical condition, as of Sunday morning.
The country recorded 70 new locally transmitted cases in the last 24 hours, with 60 reported in Liaoning, three in Hebei, two each in Heilongjiang, Jiangxi, and Yunnan, and one in Sichuan.
The total number of fatalities was 4,636.