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It will run a public health and hygiene campaign in the coming seasons to help prevent COVID-19 and other seasonal diseases. And it will limit the number of visas, in addition to recommending not to leave the country.

As the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to spread globally, China’s health experts predict the country faces an increased risk of local transmission. caused by imported cases.

China could witness sporadic outbreaks of isolated or group infections in the upcoming winter and spring season, said an official from the National Health Commission (CNS), citing expert opinions.

To face the risks, the country will carry out a public health campaign and hygiene in the coming seasons to help prevent COVID-19 and other seasonal diseases, CNS Deputy Director Li Bin said at a press conference.

Local authorities should focus on improving environmental hygiene and promoting healthy lifestyles among citizens, Li said.

The CNS also promised continue to strengthen testing capacity of nucleic acid, intensify health checks for outsiders, adopt more vigorous inspection methods for imported frozen food and pay special attention to key facilities such as schools, markets, medical institutions and nursing homes, among others.

China was able to largely control the spread of the coronavirus in recent months, although some community infections affected parts of the country on a regular basis.

Last week local cases emerged rrelated to food imports in the port city of Tianjin, in the north of the country, while an airport official in Shanghai contracted the virus despite having had no contact with infected people.

China continued to curb the issuance of visas to foreign citizens while restricting non-urgent departures of Chinese citizens, Yin Chengji, deputy commissioner of the National Immigration Administration, told reporters.

The country has also taken stricter measures on imported frozen foods, making random controls on more than 870,000 samples, Bi Kexin, an official with the General Administration of Customs, said at the same press conference.

Asked if China would create so-called “bubble flights” with countries less affected by the virus, Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui said the time was not right. He also warned Chinese citizens about traveling abroad. “Our advice is not to leave the country,” Luo said.

In parallel, China attaches great importance to the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and strictly abides by international standards as well as relevant laws and regulations, said Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at a press conference.

Wang made the remarks after Brazil’s health regulatory body approve the resumption of clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine developed by China after two days of suspension.

“We are pleased to see that the phase III clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine has resumed in Brazil,” said Wang.

Wang added than four possible Chinese vaccines Phase III clinical trials have started in several countries, and so far all have been shown to be safe.

“Many countries have praised the vaccines made by China,” said Wang, adding that domestic pharmaceutical companies have spared no effort in developing COVID-19 vaccines in accordance with science and regulations.

“China and Brazil have cooperated smoothly in the fight against the pandemic, and we believe that our cooperation in this field will contribute to prevail over COVID-19 pneumonia for both countries and the world,” Wang said.

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