Weekly snapshot of Chinese health news

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BEIJING, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Here are the highlights of China's health news from the past week:

-- China's medical institutions increase to over 1 mln

The number of medical institutions in China surpassed one million in 2019, including 34,000 hospitals, Guo Yanhong, an official with the National Health Commission said on Friday.

Medical institutions saw about 8.7 billion medical visits across the country, Guo said at a press conference in Beijing, adding that the quality and safety of medical services had continued to improve.

-- Chinese foundation launches 24-hour hunger challenge on World Food Day

A Chinese foundation launched a 24-hour hunger challenge on social media on Friday to mark the 40th World Food Day.

Participants in the challenge are encouraged to abstain from eating for 24 hours, before the end of Saturday, which is also China's annual poverty-relief day, according to the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation.

To qualify for the event, participants must be able to fast for the full 24-hour period without any adverse effect on their health.

-- Working group sent to east China city for COVID-19 control

China's National Health Commission on Monday sent a working group to Qingdao City in east China's Shandong Province to guide COVID-19 epidemic control as fresh infections emerged in the city.

The city on Friday completed a citywide nucleic acid testing covering all its 11 million residents starting Monday, and results showed no new positive cases, according to the municipal government. Enditem

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