20 January 2020 – National Health Commission includes COVID-19 in contagious disease management with local government requirements

Type of Intervention: Regulation
Sectors Involved: Health, Local Government
Intervention Categories: Surveillance and response measures; Detecting and isolating cases; Tracing and quarantining contacts
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: National Health Commission

Overview: The new Coronavirus is formally integrated into the contagious disease management of the National Health Commission (Type B Management, Type A Prevention and Control Measures). Local governments, health departments and health providers are to isolate patients for treatment, and isolate and monitor people in close contact to them.
Full details here: http://www.nhc.gov.cn/jkj/s7915/202001/e4e2d5e6f01147e0a8df3f6701d49f33.shtml

Type of Justification: Perception of an increased threat
Evidence/Justification: After ‘learning about the pathogen, epidemiology and clinical characteristics of the new Coronavirus’, the Health Commission reported to the State Council and received approval for this action.