China reports 22 new coronavirus cases as vice-premier urges strict control in Dalian

BEIJING (REUTERS, XINHUA) – China reported 22 new confirmed coronavirus cases for Nov 15 compared with 52 a day earlier, its health authority said on Tuesday (Nov 16).

Of the new infections, 11 were locally transmitted cases, according to a statement by the National Health Commission, compared with 32 a day earlier.

China reported 13 new asymptomatic patients, which it classifies separately from confirmed cases, compared with 14 a day earlier.

There were no new deaths, leaving the death toll unchanged at 4,636.

As of Nov 15, mainland China had 98,337 confirmed coronavirus cases.

Chinese Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan on Monday stressed “strict and solid” efforts were needed to curb the latest Covid-19 resurgence and spread in Dalian, a port city of northeast China’s Liaoning province, as soon as possible.

Ms Sun, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks during her inspection in Dalian from Friday to Monday.

She inspected the city’s epidemic prevention and control headquarters, residential communities under lockdown and some key places, such as the sites for collecting nucleic acid samples and designated hospitals, to learn about local efforts in epidemic prevention and ensuring people’s normal lives.

Ms Sun called for detailed implementation of the current prevention and control measures in a scientific and accurate fashion.

She also asked authorities to ensure the efficiency and quality of nucleic acid testing, step up management of quarantine sites to guard against cross-infections and to handle the people’s demand for medicine.

Ms Sun also urged efforts to improve epidemic prevention and control measures in port cities and for those with high risk of exposure to the virus.

According to China’s Global Times, Dalian has reported a total of 307 new Covid-19 infections in 12 days as of Monday.

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