Shenzhen Government Online
All cases in latest COVID flare-up detected early
From: Shenzhen Daily
Updated: 2022-07-25 09:07


People have QR codes scanned by anti-pandemic workers cooled by fans to register for nucleic acid tests at a sampling site in Huaqiangbei Subdistrict, Futian District, yesterday. Shenzhen has been sweltering under a heat wave in recent days, which has made collecting samples sweaty and tiring work for medical workers clad in protective gear. Various precautions have been taken at COVID testing sites across the city to help anti-pandemic workers beat the heat. Sun Yuchen

All cases in the latest wave of COVID resurgence in the city since July 15 have been detected early, and the most pressing and important task now is to stamp out the flare-up in the fastest way, the health authority said at a press conference yesterday.

The city has not yet cut off the community transmission of the virus and cannot afford to relax in its prevention and control efforts, said Lin Hancheng, a senior official from the municipal health commission.

So far, the genome sequencing results of some of the COVID patients reported after July 15 have come out, and the Omicron subvariant BA.2 was identified, according to Lin.

“The city is challenged by sporadic COVID-19 cases and new cases are still found in communities, which indicate that community transmission of COVID has not yet been completely cut off,” Lin said.

“The possibility of subsequent sporadic cases cannot be ruled out and we cannot slack on COVID prevention and control efforts,” he added.

At present, Shenzhen has put COVID prevention and control as the top priority, mobilizing all resources and all forces to stem virus spread.

According to Lin, Shenzhen has strengthened epidemiological investigations and dispatched tens of thousands of professional and part-time investigators to identify close contacts, secondary close contacts and key groups, as well as implement classified health management measures to cut off the transmission chains.

Meanwhile, the city has also endeavored to attend to the basic living and medical needs of residents in high- and medium-risk areas as well as temporary control areas.

“The stock of daily necessities such as grain, oil, rice and noodles in the district at present is more than twice the usual level,” Li Zhidong, director of the General Office of the Futian District Government, said at the conference.

For citizens in high- and medium-risk areas, door-to-door delivery service is provided, and meals are also prepared for citizens in need, Li said.

To cope with the summer heat, Nanshan District has adopted measures such as cold chain delivery and covering food with heat insulation cloths to reduce the risk of food going bad during delivery.

“Shahe Subdistrict has dispatched over 100 vehicles, half of which are refrigerated vehicles, to transport over 30,000 servings of fresh food and other materials to ensure that the daily needs of residents are met,” said Cai Danhong, deputy head of Nanshan.

Shenzhen reported nine locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases and 10 local asymptomatic infections Saturday.

More local tourist attractions have temporarily closed due to the pandemic, including Wutong Mountain National Forest Park, Dameisha Coastal Park and Jiaochangwei Beach.