Strong measures of control against the spread of COVID-19 marked the start of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) on Thursday which saw the participation of its more than 2,000 members in Beijing.

The 2,057 delegates - comprised of many prominent cultural, film or sports figures - turned up at the Great Hall of the People, in the Chinese capital, wearing masks to avoid possible contamination during the opening of the so-called Two Sessions.EFE-EPA