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Latest virus case’s contacts traced

A TOTAL of 22 close contacts of the latest novel coronavirus case in Shanghai, a woman from Wuhan — the hardest-hit city in central China’s Hubei Province — have been tracked, the Shanghai Health Commission said yesterday.

The new case, which was reported on Wednesday, is a 47-year-old woman, who accompanied her husband to Shanghai for medical treatment.

The couple both tested negative through nucleic acid testing in Wuhan on May 8. They took a high-speed train to Shanghai on May 11.

As the husband needed to receive a surgery, the woman applied to stay at the hospital to take care of him, so the hospital tested them on Monday this week.

She was immediately quarantined and her sample was confirmed as positive by the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday after a double check.

The case was reported to the national infectious disease system early Wednesday and the infection was confirmed the same day.

She has been transferred to the Shanghai Public Health Clinic Center, the designated hospital for treatment, and 22 people have been tracked down as close contacts and put under quarantine and observation, according to the commission.

The patient wore a mask while going out in the city.

The places she visited, including the Hongqiao Railway Station in Minhang District, a hotel, a fruit store, a convenience store, a supermarket and a skin-care parlor in Huangpu District, have all been disinfected.

No new imported cases were reported in the city on Wednesday, while three imported patients, two from the US and one from Russia, were discharged.

So far, of the 326 imported cases in shanghai, 313 have been discharged and 13 are remain in hospital. One is in a critical condition.

Another seven suspected imported cases are undergoing tests.

No new local suspected cases were reported on Wednesday.

Of the 341 local cases, 332 have been discharged and two are remain in hospital.

A total of seven people have died in the city.

No asymptomatic infection cases are under observation in the city, the health commission said.

China has confirmed 84,516 cases of infection and 4,645 deaths, compared with almost 5 million cases and more than 320,000 deaths outside the country.


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