After a CCP virus outbreak in Qingdao city, eastern China, authorities are scrambling to contain infections by locking down neighborhoods and requiring COVID-19 testing for all residents.
On Oct. 12, the government locked down residential compounds where diagnosed patients live. It also designated the neighborhood where the Qingdao Chest Hospital is located as a “medium-risk region” for virus spread.
OutbreakAuthorities required each testing site in the city to operate from 7 a.m. until at least 10 p.m.—as the provincial government has asked the city to complete testing on all urban residents by Oct. 16, according to local media reports.
The city government held its first press conference on the recent outbreak on Oct. 12. It had abruptly canceled a presser originally scheduled for the day before.
Ten were patients treated at the hospital or medical aides who were taking care of patients. The other two were relatives of an infected patient or medical aide.
Chen also said authorities closed down restaurants and markets that the 12 infected people had visited recently, as well as the residential compounds where they live.
After the Qingdao Chest Hospital was closed on Oct. 11, the Qingdao No. 3 Hospital announced on Oct. 12 that it would be converted to a COVID-19-only hospital and no longer receive any new patients. All non-COVID-19 patients would be transferred to other hospitals as soon as possible.
Qingdao Chest Hospital would also treat only COVID-19 patients in the near future.
The Qingdao Central Hospital said it closed emergency services, but will continue treating other patients as usual.
WorriesOn Oct. 11, Shandong Province’s capital of Jinan announced that any resident who had visited Qingdao after Sept. 23 must take nucleic acid tests at least twice, one antibody test, and do a seven-day self-quarantine.
The Jinan regulation spooked visitors to Qingdao, as it is known as a major tourist destination. During the most recent National Day holiday from Oct. 1 to Oct. 8, authorities claimed the city was safe for visiting.