Digital Desk, Beijing. As of Saturday, new cases of Kovid-19 in China have spread to 14 provinces. New cases of infection have been reported here at the local level during 14 days. National Health Commission (NHC) spokesman Mi Feng told reporters here that the situation of epidemic prevention and control is serious and complex as the infection is still spreading rapidly, Xinhua news agency quoted Xinhua as saying. However, China’s top epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan said on Saturday that the country would be able to effectively control the latest resurgence within a month.
He said, the coronavirus and the pandemic cannot be eliminated within a short period of time. He called upon other countries to take strict and priority measures against COVID-19 and actively initiate vaccination. Zhong said he expects more than 80 percent of Chinese residents to be fully vaccinated by the end of this year. In the last 24 hours, the Chinese mainland has reported 59 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases and 19 new imported cases, according to the NHC’s daily report.
Of the new local cases, 26 were reported in Heilongjiang, 19 in Inner Mongolia, 11 in Gansu, two in Beijing and one in Ningxia, the commission said. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the mainland has now reached 97,080 with 4,636 deaths.