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chinadaily.com.cn 2021-09-17 18:37



>China to improve medical insurance system

China will further improve its medical insurance system during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025) to better meet people's demands for health services and drugs, according to a State Council executive meeting held on Wednesday. The meeting, chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, adopted a plan for national medical security during the period.

Acknowledging the achievements made since the country advanced the new round of medical reform, including putting in place the world's largest basic medical insurance network covering the entire population, the meeting stressed improving the multi-tiered medical insurance system. Support policies for medical insurance will be refined by category, it said. The serious illness insurance plan will dovetail with the basic medical insurance plans to improve insurance benefits, according to the meeting, which also underscored improving the major disease relief mechanism for disadvantaged groups.

Development of the tiered diagnosis and treatment system and medical consortiums will be advanced, and eligible medical institutions at the primary level will be listed as designated medical insurance institutions to improve medical services at the primary level, according to the meeting. Centralized drug bulk-buying will continue to be implemented, and drugs with high clinical value and notable benefits for patients will be made reimbursable under the basic medical insurance plans in a timely manner.


People tour the Fuzi (Confucius) Temple scenic area in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu province, Aug 27, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]


>Students encouraged to stay put during holidays

Teachers and students are encouraged to stay put during the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holidays, Wang Dengfeng, head of the COVID-19 prevention office at the Ministry of Education, said on Wednesday.

The needs of students and teachers in life, study and research who choose to stay at school during the holidays should be guaranteed, said Wang.

Even with 91% of students and teachers vaccinated nationwide, it is still recommended that students stay on guard and avoid unnecessary travel, he added.

The travel warnings came ahead of the three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, which starts on Sept 19. It will be followed by the seven-day National Day holiday starting on Oct 1. Both holidays are major tourism periods.


Photo taken with a mobile phone on Sept 16, 2021 shows debris from damaged buildings in Luxian county of Luzhou city in Southwest China's Sichuan province. Sichuan province has initiated a level-II emergency response after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Luxian county at 4:33 am on Thursday (2033 GMT Wednesday). According to China Earthquake Networks Center, the epicenter was monitored at 29.2 degrees north latitude and 105.34 degrees east longitude. [Photo/Xinhua]


>6.0-magnitude quake in Sichuan kills 3

A magnitude-6.0 earthquake rocked Luxian county, Sichuan province, at 4:33 am on Thursday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. The epicenter was monitored at 29.2 degrees north latitude and 105.34 degrees east longitude. The quake struck at a depth of 10 km. Luxian is under the administration of Luzhou city.

The earthquake left three dead and 88 injured, with three badly hurt, according to reports received at 11:00 am. A total of 73,755 people have been evacuated.

Over 1,200 houses have collapsed, and the Luzhou Bullet Train Station was shut down.

Approved by the provincial government, the earthquake relief headquarters of Sichuan has activated a level-II response.

After the quake, Luzhou city launched a level-I emergency response and sent personnel for disaster investigation and rescue. Further rescue is under way.


A health worker administers a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine during the pop-up vaccination day observed inside a supermarket in Ishoej, Denmark, September 11, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]


>Denmark lifts all pandemic restrictions

Denmark has become one of the first European Union countries to relax all of the internal limitations imposed to combat the spread of Covid-19.

The country's remaining limitations were abolished on Friday, including the requirement that citizens show proof of vaccination via a vaccine passport in order to access nightclubs.

According to Denmark's health ministry, high vaccine uptake has allowed the country to relax pandemic controls.

More than 83% of eligible people over the age of 12 in Denmark are fully vaccinated.

For the past week, the Scandinavian country has seen an average of roughly 500 new cases per day, but the health ministry said that due to mitigation efforts and strong support for the immunizations, Covid-19 is no longer considered a "socially critical disease".


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