City in China claims no new COVID-19 cases after testing millions

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2020

Still, residents have been asked to remain at home, flights to Beijing have been canceled and travelers from Qingdao to other parts of China must quarantine. Health authorities ruled out the possibility of new cluster infections.

It was unclear whether or not the two handlers were the two infected dock workers. Two asymptomatic coronavirus carriers were also staying at the same hospital.

One of the workers had tested positive for the virus in late September, but only developed symptoms after 20 days, on October 14, the Qingdao Municipal Health Commission said in a statement.

Two stevedores who had handled imported frozen seafood at the port of Qingdao were diagnosed as asymptomatic COVID-19 cases on September 24.

Authorities in China's Qingdao have traced the cause of a coronavirus outbreak to two infected dock workers and cited insufficient disinfection and protection measures at a local hospital.

Some 34 hotels have been opened for medical observation for people who entered the capital after September 3, when the city resumed some worldwide flights.

The coastal city has now confirmed 13 cases, Mr Luan told a regular briefing yesterday, adding that health workers were on track to complete testing 9.4 million residents and another 1.5 million visitors by today - just five days after the mass testing programme was launched.

On Thursday morning, the city reported one new confirmed COVID-19 case.

Since March, China has instituted mandatory, centralized 14-day quarantine for any individual entering the country from overseas. Nearly all COVID-19 cases in China now occur among inbound travelers.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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