Beijing will reimpose strict lockdown measures amid rise of new cases. The latest data shows over 100 people have been infected by the coronavirus.
Officials placed more residential compounds in lockdown mode. They disinfected over 30,000 restaurants and implemented outbound travel restrictions.
More scientists must probe coronavirus disease clusters, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) in light of new cases in China.
“The answers lie in careful, systematic, exhaustive investigation of disease clusters to really look at what is happening in these situations and what is causing the amplification of the disease in the human context,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s emergencies program, during a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
“If we get that, we will build up a much better picture of the public health advice we need to give to our communities on what behaviors to avoid, what places to avoid, and what circumstances to avoid,” he said.
According to WHO’s statement on Saturday, the positive cases are currently in isolation and being managed. Authorities are also conducting contact tracing and genetic sequencing of samples to analyze the origin of the cluster and connections between cases.
Ryan emphasized the importance of detecting specific risk factors, behaviors, situations, and contexts, in which transmission took place in clusters to prevent outbreaks.
Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, described clusters as a “special condition” in any country. She explained that health officials must discover the source of the cluster and what brought the cases together to effectively manage them.
WHO officials are investigating the origin of new clusters in Beijing and tracing the pattern of the outbreak. The agency’s headquarter in Beijing is coordinating with epidemiologists and health experts to collect more data.