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Shanghai’s anti-virus measures stepped up

SHANGHAI has enhanced its COVID-19 prevention and control measures on people coming from high- and medium-risk areas in the country, authorities said yesterday.

As of now, there are five high-risk regions and 49 medium-risk regions, most of which are in Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu Province.

Nanjing reported 18 new locally transmitted confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, taking the total infected number to 171 since the new clusters showed up among airport workers last week.

People coming from, or passing through, risk areas in China should inform their residential or village committees, work units or hotels immediately, or within 12 hours after arriving in the city, Shanghai’s epidemic prevention and control authorities said.

Anyone coming from, or passing through, high-risk areas is required to have two nucleic acid tests and must quarantine for 14 days at designated venues.

People coming from, or passing through, medium-risk areas will also need to have two nucleic acid tests, but they can spend the 14-day observation period at their residential community.

Schools have been ordered to step up health QR code checks and impose relevant health management measures on students and staff from high- and medium-risk areas within 14 days.

Citizens are advised to avoid going to high- and medium-risk areas in China or traveling overseas unless necessary. When going outside, pay attention to personal protection and hand disinfection, and daily health monitoring should be carried out.

Several tourists who had traveled to Zhangjiajie, a famous tourist city in the central Hunan Province, have been confirmed as COVID-19 cases. Some of them reportedly came in contact with cases having travel history to the Nanjing airport.

Tourism operators are offering full refunds or free booking changes for travelers to high- and medium-risk COVID-19 regions.

Shanghai-based online travel operator is offering full refunds or free adjustments on already paid accommodation at hotels in high- and medium-risk regions on dates through August 11.

Another major online travel operator, Tongcheng-Elong, is also offering a full refund or free date changes for tourists scheduled to stay at hotels in high- and medium-risk regions through August 11.

The same policy applies to hotel bookings in Zhangjiajie City and Fenghuang County in Hunan Province through August 31, the agency said.

Shanghai health authorities are urging people to continue wearing masks, maintain social distancing, and pay attention to personal hygiene.

Anyone who displays symptoms such as fever and cough should go to the nearest medical institution for timely treatment, and inform authorities about their recent travel history and contact history with relevant authorities.


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