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Taking strict measures on home quarantine

Strict measures have been put in place to ensure that people, who have arrived in Shanghai from overseas and are in quarantine, stay in their homes.

Police officers, community officials and health workers tell them what is required before the 14-day quarantine period starts. Those in quarantine then have their temperatures checked twice a day, with their trash taken away and their food and parcels delivered by community workers.

Each quarantined family has a police officer standing by, and police said people who fail to obey home quarantine requirements would be strictly dealt with.

Door sensors

Sensors which can detect when doors are open are in use in several Shanghai districts.

In Minhang District, 450 sensors have been installed since the end of February.

“Data from the sensors is forwarded to police officers and community officials in real time for them to check with the residents under quarantine,” said Tang Kaibin, vice head of Hongqiao Longbai Police Station.

By Tuesday, no violation of home quarantine had been detected by the sensors, police said.

Residents were aware of the installation of the devices but some had expressed concerns at first, police said.

“We explained to them that the measure is taken in special times for the health of everybody, and the sensors won’t be there forever,” said Chen Qiuhua, a community official. “Most people understand that.”

No visiting

In the area administered by the Hongqiao Road Police Station in Changning District, which has a high concentration of expats, 629 people from 27 countries and regions in 444 households are under home quarantine.

Chen Bo, an officer at the station, said he received a message in a WeChat group with property management workers on March 17 that a relative of a family under quarantine had visited the family of four at home.

When Chen and community officials arrived at the family’s apartment, the relative, an elderly woman, was about to leave but was stopped.

“I told her that she could be punished if she left, and ordered that she should be quarantined with the family she visited,” he said.


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