On the evening of October 25th, the Press Office of the People’s Government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region held a press conference on Kashgar epidemic situation, at which it was reported that on October 24th, a case of asymptomatic infection with SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia was reported in Shufu County of Kashgar. The infected person has been living in Shufu County, and has no history of living abroad. There are no confirmed cases, suspected cases and contact history of fever patients within 16 days before the infected person is tested positive.
After the patient was diagnosed as asymptomatic infection on the 24 th, in the afternoon, the disease control department conducted a total of 831 nucleic acid tests on the garment factory where he worked, and the results were all negative; However, when 16 close contacts and 406 close contacts of close contacts were tested for nucleic acid, 137 of them were tested positive, and all of them were associated with asymptomatic infected persons diagnosed on 24th.
Why did 137 cases of asymptomatic pneumonia in COVID-19 proliferate overnight in Kashgar, Xinjiang? Yang Gonghuan, former deputy director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and an expert in public health and epidemiology, explained this problem to Red Star News. Yang Gonghuan said that it is still impossible to determine the specific reasons because the specific situation of flow adjustment is still unclear. However, Yang Gonghuan pointed out that the epidemic was related to the coming of winter and the drop of temperature.
What is the cause of this Kashi epidemic? Yang Gonghuan said that it is still impossible to determine the specific reasons because the specific situation of flow adjustment is still unclear. However, Yang Gonghuan pointed out that the epidemic was related to the coming of winter and the drop of temperature. Yang Gonghuan explained that as the temperature drops, the activity of SARS-CoV-2 will increase, which is also the law of disease occurrence. In Yang Gonghuan’s view, including the Kashgar epidemic in Xinjiang, it is also related to the local temperature drop.
At present, Kashgar, Xinjiang has started the first-level emergency response, and four towns and villages have been upgraded to high-risk areas. Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has also dispatched more than 600 nucleic acid detection personnel to support Kashgar urgently. It is estimated that all nucleic acid detection in Kashgar will be completed by October 27. For the next key point of prevention and control, Yang Gonghuan believes that it is necessary to find out whether there are asymptomatic infected people in the society as soon as possible, and do a good job of isolating confirmed patients from close contacts. “As long as the isolation measures are in place, the epidemic situation in Kashgar is still preventable and controllable.”