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By WANG QINGYUN | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2022-08-03 08:53
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Travelers' COVID-19 test results valid nationwide

The joint prevention and control mechanism for COVID-19 has urged provincial-level authorities to ease people's ability to travel by recognizing the results of nucleic acid tests that are conducted outside their jurisdictions.

In a notice issued on Friday, the mechanism, which was created by the State Council, China's Cabinet, said the authorities should have a full understanding of the need to prevent and control COVID-19 in a more scientific and accurate way, and take effective measures to promote mutual recognition of nucleic acid test results from other parts of the country. Test results accessed through different channels, including smartphone applications, websites and health codes from different provinces, are equally valid as long as they fall within the period of validity required by local authorities, according to the notice.

Authorities should recognize these results and must not deny people access to public places or public transportation, even if they haven't taken tests offered in the areas they are visiting, the notice said. It added that authorities are forbidden from requiring those with valid test results to test again.

Authorities should also act immediately to ensure officials in their provinces at the grassroots level implement the mutual recognition of the test results, and make the policy better known to the public by issuing statements and news reports, according to the notice.

Efforts urged to better prevent drownings

The Ministry of Education and four other ministries have jointly issued a notice asking provincial authorities to step up efforts to prevent drownings among primary and middle school students during summer time.

The notice, published on the Ministry of Education's official website on Thursday, said authorities in the fields of education, public security, civil affairs, water resources and rural affairs should prioritize the safety of students and take strict, concrete and meticulous measures to prevent such accidents.

The ministries required authorities to focus on open waters in rural areas and those that students walk by on their way to and from school; to obtain information about the ownership of such waters, and their depths; to investigate whether the grounds around these waters are equipped with warning signs and rescue materials; and to identify waters that are particularly dangerous.

Authorities should organize regular patrols of the waters, especially in the afternoons and evenings, and prevent students from swimming in them, the notice said.

Furthermore, public security authorities at all levels should intensify patrols on key shorelines and carry out regular training and drills to improve their response to water accidents. Authorities should also urge governments at the grassroots level to set up barriers and warning signs and install lifesaving equipment, including buoys and ropes, by the waters, the notice said.

Plan calls for urban infrastructure system

The country should establish an urban infrastructure system that is sound, efficient, functional, smart, environmentally friendly and safe by 2035, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and the National Development and Reform Commission said in a joint plan issued last month.

According to the plan issued to provincial governments and State Council departments, the authorities should link their efforts to the country's goal of basically achieving socialist modernization by 2035. They should plan, in a moderately proactive way, to build infrastructure that will benefit industrial development and national security.

Key tasks include promoting systematic construction of urban infrastructure to strengthen the resilience of cities; enhancing the connectivity of the projects so that different regions, including rural areas, can make use of them; and improving the construction of green and smart projects. The plan also laid out major campaigns for authorities to carry out to improve the quality of urban infrastructure, including those involving transportation, water systems and hygiene.

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