The annual congress, which usually convenes in early March for about two weeks, had been delayed and shortened to a week this year because of the coronavirus crisis. By this week, the coronavirus outbreak had infected more than 89,000 people in China, including over 4,600 who died from the virus. The unusual arrangements for the congress meeting this year reflect continued worries that China has not totally contained the outbreak. Hong Kong delegates were required to travel across the border to Shenzhen in mainland China so as to follow a standardised testing procedure. On the agenda are proposals to improve the country’s disease surveillance system and hospitals, after the coronavirus outbreak exposed systematic failings.
Source: bd News24 May 22, 2020 04:30 UTC