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Shanghai’s swift response checks virus resurgence

Shanghai has brought the latest COVID-19 resurgence under control within merely three days following a series of swift prevention and control measures.

No new locally-transmitted cases were reported on Sunday, the city’s health commission said yesterday.

“The epidemic situation in Shanghai is coming to an end,” Zhang Wenhong, head of the Center for Infectious Diseases at Huashan Hospital, said on Sina Weibo on Sunday.

Immediately after the latest three cases were reported in Shanghai last Thursday, authorities activated an emergency response, carrying out epidemiological investigations, performing nucleic acid tests among relevant personnel and disinfecting related venues.

According to the rules, epidemiological investigators must arrive at the scene within two hours, complete the core investigations within four hours, and finish the epidemiological reports within 24 hours, said Pan Hao, an official in charge of COVID-19 prevention and control from the Shanghai municipal center for disease control and prevention.

“Only through quick action can we minimize the spread of the virus,” said Pan.

As of Sunday morning, a total of 214 people identified as close contacts in Shanghai had been tested and quarantined. Among them, one was found to be an asymptomatic carrier on Saturday.

Multiple departments, including the city’s big data center, as well as public security and traffic authorities, have been mobilized to ensure residents’ normal life in the city while prioritizing epidemic control.

Birendra Kumar Sah, a Nepali surgeon from Ruijin Hospital, witnessed Shanghai’s efficiency through the city’s timely and proper management.

Multiple hospitals, including Ruijin, suspended operations for epidemic control after the new cases were reported, with doctors, nurses and patients forbidden to leave.

All 20 hospitals which suspended outpatient and emergency services for medical screening after Shanghai reported the three locally-transmitted cases on Thursday have reopened and resumed normal operations, according to the city’s health commission.

The Nepali doctor said the hospital provided daily necessities for hospital staff as well as patients, with daily work almost unaffected.

He was also moved as the hospital made arrangements so that his 6-year-old son’s kindergarten teacher would take care of the boy while he and his Chinese wife were both quarantined in the hospital.

“While we serve patients and society, Chinese society is also serving us,” he said.

Wu Jinglei, director of the Shanghai health commission, said that the city will make greater efforts in precise response, continuously improve its emergency response, and continue to guide residents to strengthen self-protection so as to jointly build a solid defense line against the epidemic.

Shanghai lowered the cost for COVID-19 nucleic acid testing yesterday. All public hospitals decreased the price for a single test from 60 yuan (US$9.5) to 40 yuan, according to the city’s pandemic control and prevention team.


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