Li Keqiang, the Chinese premier in a statement appeared on the government website, warned local cadres of the Chinese Communist Party not to hide new cases of coronavirus, after China reported several new days of absence of new infections.
Li Keqiang is a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Premier of the Council of State and leader of the Central Working Group on the new epidemic situation of coronary pneumonia.
Local governments urged them to be “open and transparent” and to “seek truth in facts” in releasing information about the epidemic.
During a meeting on March 23, Li Keqiang stressed that the epidemic in Wuhan, the city hardest hit in China and from where the pandemic originated, has been blocked, but there are still risks of sporadic cases and local outbreaks.
According to Li, citing various data models of local and international experts, he said that the disease will not disappear suddenly, therefore we must necessarily keep the guard raised.
“Prevention and control measures of early diagnosis, reporting, isolation and treatment must be put in place to resolutely curb the epidemic in local areas.”
Li Keqiang stressed that the prevention and control of infectious diseases must always adhere to the principles of the search for truth from the facts, be open and transparent so that people increase the vigilance and awareness of proactive prevention, which in turn will help to prevent and control the measures to be implemented to prevent the rebound of the epidemic.
Li’s speech is part of the effort to rebuild public confidence in the government after the government itself first attempted to deliberately diminish the reality of the situation in the first crucial weeks of the virus’s spread.
In China, the virus killed 3281 people, affecting more than 81,000.
Since last Thursday, China has no longer reported any infections.
Wuhan will officially go out of quarantine on April 8.