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Pudong airport staffer tests positive

An airport staff member at the cargo terminal of the Shanghai Pudong International Airport has tested positive for COVID-19, the city’s disease control and prevention center said yesterday.

It is the first local COVID-19 case in Shanghai since the recent outbreak in neighboring Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province.

The service staff member worked on cargo flights of a foreign airline at the cargo transport section of Pudong airport. He tested positive during a nucleic acid test for the novel coronavirus at a medical institute in the Pudong New Area.

The disease control and prevention authority conducted a screening of related personnel and sites immediately as well as launched epidemiological surveys, sample collections and rechecks at laboratories.

Detailed information will be publicized soon, according to the center.

Both the city’s airports, Pudong and Hongqiao, have strengthened pandemic prevention measures for passenger flights.

Airport staff have begun checking the health QR code of every arriving passenger on domestic flights.

A health condition report desk has also been set up for all arriving flights. Travelers landing in Shanghai are encouraged to be proactive in reporting their health condition.

All people must now wear masks and receive temperature checks before entering the terminal buildings at Pudong and Hongqiao airports, the airport authority has said.

Passengers at local railway terminals will also have their temperatures measured when entering and exiting the stations, and have their health QR codes checked at the exits.

People found with yellow codes will be stopped, and railway staff will inform their residential communities to pick them up and make sure they’re quarantined at home for 14 days. Those with red codes will be transported to designated accommodations where they will spend 14 days in quarantine.

People who pass through Nanjing Railway Station and Nanjing South Station or other places not flagged due to pandemic risks will have normal health codes, according to the Shanghai transportation commission.

All passengers who go through the city’s long-distance bus stations will have their health codes or travel record codes checked. People who have no smart phones or no Internet access can ask for help from staff who will look up their travel record codes on the Internet with their mobile phone numbers.

Meanwhile, starting from yesterday, commuters taking public transport buses from key terminals will also have their temperatures checked, according to Jiushi Group, the city’s major bus operator.

The move already covered 45 bus lines at 14 bus terminals at the two airports, train stations and ferry terminals yesterday.

From today, it will cover 228 bus lines at 96 bus terminals.

Passengers who get on the buses at non-terminal stops won’t have to go through the measure, the operator added.

Shanghai Bus No. 5 Co said it has stepped up health monitoring of its bus drivers and makes sure that all buses are ventilated while at the terminals.

All buses are being cleaned and disinfected before and after operation every day since the outbreak of the pandemic last year, the company said.

Elsewhere, many local hospitals have tightened their entry and visit control measures due to the fresh spikes in COVID-19 infections around China since last week.

Huashan Hospital and Shanghai Tenth People’s Hospital now require people visiting patients to provide a negative nucleic acid test report made within seven days of their visit, a health QR code and their travel history.

Tongji Hospital said people who have returned from high- or medium-risk regions in the prior 14 days with a temperature over 37.3 degrees Celsius will be sent directly to a fever clinic for a nucleic acid test. 

Also, people wanting to enter Shanghai General Hospital and Shanghai Changzheng Hospital should scan a QR code to do an epidemiological survey and show the result, in addition to their health QR code, to staff.


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