On Oct. 11, authorities said the new cases—a patient being treated at the hospital, a woman who was a medical aide there, and the aide's husband—were all related to the Qingdao Chest Hospital and shut the facility.
The Dalian government also asked any residents who had recently visited Qingdao, especially the Qingdao Chest Hospital, or anyone who had contact with a person who came from Qingdao after Sept. 27, to report to authorities and perform strict quarantine procedures.
Furthermore, residents who wish to travel to Qingdao in the near future, were told they must follow strict quarantine rules upon returning to Dalian.
The Dalian authorities told residents to visit the hospital if they have fever, coughing, diarrhea, fatigue, and other possible COVID-19 symptoms.
“[Suspected patients] should not take public transportation to go to a hospital,” it said.
Health Times reported that the hospital was treating COVID-19 patients, but didn’t disclose how many.
U.S.-based China affairs commentator Tang Jingyuan says that the strict quarantine rules and requirements for all residents to undergo testing contradicts the reported severity of the outbreak.
“From the Shandong and Qingdao government’s reaction, we can surmise that the CCP virus outbreak in Qingdao concerns the authorities,” he said in a phone interview.
Top leaders in the Chinese regime are also hinting about the political importance of containing outbreaks.