Mar 24, 2020 06:28 PM

Premier Orders Honest Reporting of Coronavirus Cases

What’s new: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang ordered local governments to report new Covid-19 cases honestly, transparently and in timely fashion at a meeting on Monday.

“We must not cover up reports for the sake of keeping the number of new cases at zero,” he said, adding that local infections in China have been generally contained, but risks of regional outbreaks still exist as the virus has already caused a global pandemic.

Background: The coronavirus outbreak has eased in China thanks to draconian control measures and strong medical efforts. Daily new cases now are mostly coming from international travelers arriving to the country, with few or no new local infections reported in recent days.

But some doubt whether local infections have been truly contained in China, as infections with no symptoms can still be found every day.

China does not count asymptomatic cases as “confirmed cases,” and generally just requires such carriers be brought to isolation centers for further testing and treatment if necessary.

Quick Takes are condensed versions of China-related stories for fast news you can use. To read the full story in Chinese, click here.

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