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CPPCC members call for continued efforts in the battle against the virus

Updated: 2020-02-29 chinadaily.com.cn

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the Chinese government has been taking measures to curb the epidemic. It has been joined in the efforts by people from all walks of life. Members of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference have conducted assessments and analyses as part of their contributions to the fight against the virus. The following are some excerpts from their conclusions: 

Fang Laiying, former Party secretary of Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning and a member of the 13th National Committee of the CPPCC  

The situation we are facing is more complicated than the SARS outbreak in 2003. The novel coronavirus appears to be more contagious than SARS, based on our experts' analysis. We are fighting a war against the epidemic, which is not just about medical treatment. We need to prevent an outbreak of infectious disease; once there is a large-scale outbreak of infectious disease, it will create challenges to the operation of society. Though the virus has a low fatality rate, we still have to put effort into its prevention and control. 

The epidemic has also taught us a lesson, that we should not only reserve supplies but also reserve production capability, for times when we need to conduct an emergency mobilization of production.  

Zhang Dexing, deputy head of Beijing Institute of Genomics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a member of the 13th National Committee of the CPPCC 

I think the biggest challenge in combating the novel coronavirus is that there have been some confirmed asymptomatic cases. Thus, we should continue to conduct research on the virus even after the epidemic. Our country has been increasing its response measures to the new challenge. 

Sun Chengye, a researcher at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and a member of the 13th National Committee of the CPPCC 

In confronting the novel coronavirus, the authorities have implemented strategies including locking down the city of Wuhan in Hubei province, and managing Wuhan and other cities with a philosophy of "grid management". This system divides a city into tiny sections and assigns people to oversee each portion, and is being used to cut imported infections. We cannot simply hope to combat a virus by relying on a drug; we must also tightly control the source of the virus, cut off its transmission routes and protect vulnerable populations. 

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