On the afternoon of January 8, Hebei Province held a press conference on the novel coronavirus's prevention and control. The meeting focused on reporting the latest information on Hebei Province's situation, traceability to the source, strict prevention of proliferation, patient treatment, material supply, and people's livelihood security.
At the press conference, Xu Jianpei, the vice governor of Hebei Province, introduced the data from Shijiazhuang and Xingtai. Since the beginning of all-staff nucleic acid testing as of 24:00 on January 7, Shijiazhuang has tested 4,856,700 copies and detected 289 positive samples. Xingtai City has tested a total of 1,894,900 copies and detected 15 positive samples. According to the arrangement, the two cities of Shijiazhuang and Xingtai completed all nucleic acid tests 9 days ago.
From January 2 to January 8 at 10:00, there were 127 confirmed cases in Hebei province (118 in Shijiazhuang, 9 in Xingtai), and 183 cases of asymptomatic infection under medical observation (177 in Shijiazhuang, 6 in Xingtai).
Xu Jianpei referred to the strict control of the flow of people and vehicles. People from Shijiazhuang and Xingtai should not leave the city unless necessary. To strengthen traffic control, Shijiazhuang and Xingtai long-distance road passenger vehicles suspended operations. Residential districts are managed in a secure manner. All villages and communities in high-risk areas shall be sealed and controlled. The supply of goods is allocated to ensure the supply of daily necessities for the people, strengthen market supervision, and strictly investigate illegal activities such as price hikes to ensure sufficient supply, timely supply.
According to the Hebei Epidemic Prevention and Control Press Conference, as of 10:00 on January 8, there are currently 127 confirmed cases (118 in Shijiazhuang and 9 in Xingtai) in Hebei province, and 183 asymptomatic infections under medical observation. At present, the traceability is being stepped up, but the source of the virus has not been fully identified, and further investigations are needed.
Li Qi, director of the Hebei Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said that it has been discovered that imported viruses from abroad caused the pandemic. The association between the cases, after investigation, the case is concentrated in Zengcun Town, Gaocheng District, other regional cases, including Xingtai cases, are found to be related. The positive cases found so far are all linked together.