China will improve contingency plans for COVID-19 clusters in winter: cabinet

Women wearing face masks walk at a main shopping area following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Shanghai
Women wearing face masks walk at a main shopping area following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Shanghai

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will improve its contingency plans for any COVID-19 cluster cases in the winter, including stepped-up procurement of medical supplies and greater contact-tracing efforts, the country's cabinet said on Friday, according to state TV.

China, where the COVID-19 epidemic has been largely brought under control, is facing rising risks of imported cases amid a global resurgence of the pandemic as the northern hemisphere winter sets in.

(Reporting by Stella Qiu; Editing by Hugh Lawson)