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Shanghai to test passengers arriving before March 31

NUCLEIC acid tests will be conducted on all passengers who arrived from overseas in Shanghai before March 31 — and are currently under quarantine, the city’s coronavirus disease prevention and control authorities announced yesterday.

The tests will start today and the samples will be collected by districts’ designated public medical treatment institutions.

The samples will be sent to districts’ disease control and prevention centers or qualified third parties for nucleic acid tests.

From March 31, all passengers arriving in Shanghai are required to undergo nucleic acid tests.

The latest announcement follows Sunday’s reports of five more imported cases of coronavirus in the city, taking the total number of such infections to 197, the Shanghai Health Commission said yesterday. All the patients are Chinese — three of them work in Russia, another in the US and the fifth one is a student in the UK. They have been transferred to the designated hospital. Twenty nine people who were in close contact with them on the flights have been tracked and put under quarantine and observation.

Meanwhile, 26 imported cases — 15 from the UK, three from France, four from the US, two from Italy, one from Malaysia and one from Iran — were discharged from hospital on Sunday.


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