The COVID-19 may have come to an inflection point – China starts the community prevention and control mode

At the Press Conference of the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council held on February 22, Mi Feng, the spokesman and the deputy director of the Department of Publicity of the National Health Commission (NHC), said that the total number of confirmed cases in Wuhan, other cities in Hubei (the epicenter province of the outbreak), and other provinces in China had gradually decreased. The number of confirmed cases in Wuhan dropped from the peak of 38,020 on Feb 18 to 36,680 on Feb 21. Also, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 outside Hubei, was 5637 reported on Feb 21, down from the highest peak of 9141 on Feb 11.With the strengthening of prevention and control measures and treatment forces in China, the accumulated confirmed cases is handled at a quick pace.

The China government has performed the epidemic prevention and control work in a prudent and calm way. besides screening the transportation hubs and places where people are concentrated to reduce the risk of disease transmission, community-based prevention and control is also the focus of the epidemic prevention and control work. After the outbreak of the epidemic, nearly 4,000,000 community staff of 650,000 urban and rural communities in China have invested in community epidemic prevention, including working with the health service to screen the possible febrile patients and close contacts, carrying out categorized arrangements and treatment, and offering help to other residents.

The community staff of the Kuanbeixiang Community in Erdaoqiao district near the Urumqi International Grand Bazaar, a famous tourist attraction in Xinjiang, learned that the returnees from other places were encouraged to do medical observation at home after screening. At the same time, because the community residents seldom go out, the community staff deliver the meat, eggs, vegetables, rice, oil, salt, soy sauce, vinegar and other necessities to each door, bringing convenience for the residents.

The community staff also provide daily care for the people in medical observation at home. Mr Lan, 67 years old, is a resident of Tuanjiebei Community in Urumqi, Xinjiang. He has been in contact with returnees from other places. The community staff advised him to perform medical observation at home. Considering the age of Mr Lan, the community staff and volunteers sent him free meals everyday during the days of the medical observation

Nie Hui, the head of Beixiang community in Urumqi, with the community volunteers purchase essential expenses and deliver them from door to door for the residents who are in medical observation at home. and the volunteers comfort them through phone call to release their pressure.

Not only in Xinjiang, but also other cities have launched community-based prevention and control Mechanism. More than 50,000 government staff were dispatched to support the community epidemic prevention work in Beijing. Some communities work with e-commerce enterprises to help residents purchase supplies online; some community staff act as “delivery man” to distribute essential expenses for the residents and people in medical observation at home; some communities set up special zone for delivery, take-out to realize contact-free delivery and reduce the risk of affecting by virus.

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