Meetings and exhibitions tighter after businessman tests positive for virus

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A growing number of travelers and students arrive at the Shanghai railway station ahead of the reopening of schools.

Shanghai on Tuesday reported a community infection of COVID-19, a business traveler from southwest China, two days before the reopening of local schools.

The 25-year-old man, who remains in the Caohejing branch of the JI hotel in Minhang district, took a flight from Chengdu in Sichuan province to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport on Monday.

He was diagnosed as a confirmed case with mild symptoms after taking a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon arrival, Wu Qianyu, a senior official with the Shanghai Health Commission, said during a briefing. a press briefing on the city’s COVID-19 on Wednesday morning.

Accordingly, Shanghai has strengthened the management of all offline meetings, trainings, exhibitions and other cross-provincial activities.

Those meetings should be postponed, moved online or scaled down, according to the city’s COVID-19 prevention and control authority.

Event hosts and organizers have been instructed to take full responsibility for the prevention and control of COVID-19.

“Shanghai is facing rising risks of COVID-19 infections from both other parts of the country and overseas, where a new resurgence is raging,” Wu said. “The COVID-19 situation in Shanghai remains difficult and complicated as an increasing number of people return to the city after summer holidays.”

Meetings and exhibitions tighter after businessman tests positive for virus

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Shanghai designates a new COVID-19 high-risk area, an office building in Minhang district.

The Chinese mainland reported 349 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, including 164 in Sichuan, the National Health Commission said on Wednesday.

A total of 1,326 local asymptomatic carriers were newly identified on Tuesday, including 674 in Tibet and 107 in Sichuan, the commission said.

The latest case in Shanghai was transferred to a local designated COVID-19 hospital for quarantine treatment, Wu said.

In addition to the hotel in an office building in Hongqiao City, he had been in an office park, a canteen and a barbecue restaurant in Minhang. All were quarantined and disinfected with massive PCR screenings, said Li Rui, deputy director of Minhang.

More than 1,000 of the man’s close contacts have been traced and placed under central quarantine and PCR screenings. A total of 11,525 relatives are being screened.

The office building, Ruite International Building at 1888 Yishan Road, has since been classified as a high-risk area. All entrances and exits to the building were cordoned off and guarded around the clock, Li said.

It has pledged to offer services and support to quarantined businesses in the building.

There are currently five high-risk areas in Shanghai’s Yangpu and Minhang districts as well as Pudong New Area, as well as a dozen medium-risk areas in Pudong, Xuhui, Yangpu and Baoshan.

Yuan Zheng’an, a member of Shanghai’s COVID-19 expert team, suggested citizens take countryside tours or city tours in the city during the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival on September 10. .

Residents must have a negative PCR report within 72 hours to leave Shanghai, while those in low-risk areas must have a PCR report within 48 hours, Yuan said.

Meetings and exhibitions tighter after businessman tests positive for virus

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A new community case in Shanghai.

Yuan asked travelers to bring masks, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer on all trips they take and to avoid congregating with others in public spaces and tourist attractions.

People returning from domestic provinces who have tested positive for COVID-19 should report to committees or businesses in their neighborhood or village, receive PCR tests, and scan location codes regularly. They are also required to go to hospital if they have symptoms such as fever or cough, he added.

A one-week central quarantine is mandatory for people coming to or returning from domestic high-risk COVID-19 areas, while a week-long home quarantine is required for those coming from medium-risk areas.

People returning from low-risk areas are asked to take two PCR tests within three days of arrival.

In addition, those in domestic regions where lockdowns are in effect, “key regions” that have rapid transmission of COVID-19, or any COVID-19 cases that have spread to Shanghai must also undergo central quarantine from one week.

Travelers from domestic cities with a “key region” will be required to undergo a three-day central quarantine and an additional four days of home quarantine after arriving in Shanghai.

Shanghai has reported no community infections for five consecutive days.

On Thursday, all local primary and secondary schools as well as kindergartens and nurseries will reopen.

According to the city’s education commission, all teachers and students must take two nucleic acid tests over three days before returning to school. Starting Thursday, they must take a nucleic acid test every day before leaving their campuses.

Meetings and exhibitions tighter after businessman tests positive for virus

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There are currently five high-risk areas in Shanghai.

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