China's President Xi says need to improve monitoring for diseases of unknown causes

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang arrive for the closing session of NPC in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) - China needs to improve its monitoring for diseases of unknown causes and unusual public health incidents, said President Xi Jinping according to state television.

At a roundtable with experts and scholars on Tuesday, Xi said an urgent task now is to improve the monitoring system for infectious diseases and emergency public health incidents.

The monitoring system needs to be more sensitive and accurate, and the ability to analyse and make judgements in a timely manner needs to be stepped up, Xi said.

He also said that China will enhance research and development of new remedies in the area of traditional chinese medicine.

(Reporting by Yew Lun Tian and Roxanne Liu, editing by Louise Heavens)