35,800 new local COVID-19 cases reported in the Mainland with 7,914 cases recorded in Guangdong Province


1st December 2022 – (Beijing) The National Health Commission announced on Thursday that there were 35,800 new local COVID-19 cases in the Mainland two days ago. Among them, Guangdong Province accounted for the most new cases with 7,914 cases, followed by Chongqing City with 6,639 cases. Beijing had 5,043 new local cases two days ago, of which 356 were discovered in social screening. At the epidemic press conference held on Wednesday, Beijing announced that from now on, the city’s long-term home-based elderly, home office and students, infants and young children and other people without social activities are not required to participate in community nucleic acid tests if they don’t go out.

Many regions in the Mainland have recently optimised epidemic prevention and control measures. Following announcement by the local authority in Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province on Wednesday to adjust the prevention and control measures in various districts to allow eligible close contacts to be isolated at home, Dongguan City also issued a notice on Thursday stating that lockdown measure should be implemented rapidly and removed quickly. In addition, the scope of close contact tracing should not be expanded arbitrarily. The notice also emphasised that towns and streets (parks) where local epidemics occur can further be optimised and social control measures can be improved according to the needs of epidemic prevention and control.

The National Health Commission held a meeting on Wednesday. Vice Premier Sun Chunlan pointed out that with the weakening of the pathogenicity of the Omicron virus, the epidemic prevention and control in the Mainland is facing new situations and new tasks. Prevention and control policies continue to be optimised. The authorities continued to take small steps without stopping, constantly improve measures such as diagnosis, testing, admission, and isolation, strengthen vaccination of the entire population, especially the elderly, and implement the “prevention of the epidemic, stabilisation of the economy, and safe development” requirements.