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Shanghai reports new local COVID-19 case

SHANGHAI’S health authorities confirmed a new COVID-19 case yesterday.

The 51-year-old patient, surnamed Wang, works at the West Cargo Terminal of Pudong International Airport and lives in Yingqian Village in Zhuqiao Town in the Pudong New Area.

He had not left Shanghai or had been in contact with any confirmed cases in the last 14 days. He had also not been to any medical institute in the last three months.

According to State Council regulations, Yingqian Village has now been declared a medium-risk area, which means people from the village will not be allowed to leave Shanghai unless they have a negative test certificate, said Wu Jinglei, director of the Shanghai Health Commission.

On November 8, Wang rode a bicycle to the Pudong People’s Hospital at 1:45pm after showing symptoms of fever, nasal obstruction and a lack of strength.

His temperature was 37.5 degrees Celsius and a CT scan showed frosted glass-like images on both lungs. Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention later confirmed the case as COVID-19.

He was sent to the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center for further treatment, said Li Guohua, Pudong’s deputy director. The center in Jinshan District is a designated medical institute for the treatment of COVID-19 patients where over 1,000 patients have been admitted.

Wang said that apart from his workplace, he had gone to the Baipinghui Mall in Zhuqiao Town, the Wanxia Road Wet Market and the social security center on Miaojing Road. All the sites have been closed and disinfected.

As of 5pm yesterday, 26 close contacts, including family members and colleagues, have been quarantined and received the first round of nucleic acid testing.

All of them tested negative.

Another 181 close contacts of the 26 people have been traced. Among them, 106 have been quarantined, Li said.

A total of 462 samples have been collected from the sites. Tests have already been conducted on 127 samples and all returned negative.

The authorities will keep conducting the epidemiological investigation, trace the origin of the virus and carry out further nucleic acid testing, Li said.

Wu said the patient had not been in contact with any frozen food and his movements had nothing to do with the ongoing third China International Import Expo, which is set to close today. All the people who have entered the expo venue have submitted negative test certificates conducted within seven days.

Pudong airport, the city’s main aviation hub for international flights, was operating as normal.

Shanghai reported a locally transmitted case last on June 29.

The new case is sporadic and its influence is limited, according to Wu Fan, deputy director of the Shanghai Medical College of Fudan University and a leading expert with Shanghai’s COVID-19 medical team.

“The case was not only discovered on time, but the follow-up treatment was also effective,” Wu Fan said, adding that quick response is essential to control such cases.

“It is quite difficult for an international city like Shanghai to be remain open and prevent the pandemic,” she said.

Wu Fan reminded citizens to wear masks, keep social distance and maintain good personal hygiene.

She also suggested washing hands and ventilating rooms frequently.


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