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Shanghai places hundreds in quarantine after airport COVID-19 cases

WorldAug 21, 2021 02:10AM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: medical worker in protective suit collects a nasal swab from a woman for nucleic acid testing at a centralised quarantine facility for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China August 19, 2021. China Daily via 2/2

SHANGHAI (Reuters) -Authorities in Shanghai have quarantined hundreds of people in an attempt to halt a fresh COVID-19 outbreak in the city after infections were detected in cargo workers at its airport, the municipal government said on Saturday.

Some 120 people deemed close contacts of the infected five workers at Pudong Airport were placed into quarantine, along with hundreds of others deemed secondary contacts.

Two of the cargo workers, a Chinese national and an Ethiopian national, were included among four locally transmitted cases in mainland China's tally of 20 new confirmed infections for Aug. 20, announced on Saturday.

Another two local cases were found in Jiangsu and Hubei provinces. Separate, unrelated outbreaks first emerged in those regions in July.

The national figure was down from 33 a day earlier, according to the National Health Commission, with locally transmitted infections steady at four.

Shanghai officials said later on Saturday they had identified another three cargo workers at Pudong Airport as confirmed cases.

China also reported 20 new asymptomatic coronavirus cases for Aug. 20, all imported and unchanged from a day earlier. China does not classify asymptomatic cases as confirmed infections.

No new deaths were reported. As of Aug. 20, mainland China had recorded 94,599 confirmed cases and 4,636 deaths.

Shanghai places hundreds in quarantine after airport COVID-19 cases
 

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Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Aug 21, 2021 12:35PM ET
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They cook their numbers. Chinese r good cooks.
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Aug 21, 2021 3:07AM ET
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China invented the ******. they should know better than anyone that hiding isn't gonna beat this thing. It will mutate until it infects every last person on Earth. Even the vaccines are temporary at best. This thing WILL rip through China sooner than later. Just watch!
jon wick
jon wick Aug 21, 2021 1:57AM ET
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And yet travel from China to other countries is not banned. Take the United Kingdom, for example. They kept India in the red list when cases were high over there, but China remains an amber list country even now. Such hypocrisy, and then they wonder why China is developing so rampantly.
Thuan Bui
Thuan Bui Aug 21, 2021 1:57AM ET
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Dude seriously... Look at actual number of cases China has now compared to India then. Also UK government put India on the red list way too late!
 
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