Intl. experts begin field inspections in China over coronavirus outbreak
An international team consisting of experts from China and the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday started a field inspection on the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus outbreak in Beijing.
The team visited Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a hospital and a community in downtown Beijing to learn the epidemic situation and prevention measures in the country's capital city. They have also done a research on medical treatment at designated hospitals, and prevention work in communities.
The team will go to China's provinces of Guangdong and Sichuan to conduct more inspections on Tuesday.
One of the goals of the joint mission is to provide suggestions on the prevention and control of the coronavirus outbreak.
The National Health Commission (NHC) held a symposium on Sunday, which was attended by nearly 80 people, including the joint expert team members and representatives from the State Council's joint prevention and control mechanism, said Mi Feng, a spokesperson from the NHC.
At the symposium, NHC deputy director Li Bin briefed attendees on nationwide prevention and control measures, vowed to work with the international community to address the challenge of the epidemic and welcomed suggestions from the expert team, according to Mi.
Representatives from State Council ministries and administrations introduced their prevention and control work. The attendees also talked with Hubei, the virus-hit province, during a teleconference and discussed the epidemic situation, control and prevention measures in communities and rural areas, wildlife management and drug and vaccine development.
The joint expert team acknowledged China's prevention and control measures, as well as the dedication of Chinese medical workers, Mi said.