China Insider: Shanghai Locks Down Communities After Airport Employee Tests Positive

November 13, 2020 Updated: November 16, 2020

Shanghai quarantined 186 people and conducted mass coronavirus testing on more than 8,000 after a freight handler at Pudong International Airport tested positive for the virus.

The patient, a 51-year-old man, went to Pudong District People’s Hospital on Nov. 8, seeking treatment for a fever. Doctors reported him to the city’s CDC as a suspected case, based on symptoms of fever and CT image of the lungs. A nucleic acid test taken at the CDC came out positive the next day.

Communities in his neighborhood have been locked down and designated as “medium-risk.”

New outbreaks have been reported in several Chinese cities in the recent two months. Local authorities typically report only a couple of cases and immediately order mass testing. A few days later, they would announce that except for the patients reported, all others tested negative. This has happened in Tianjin, Shenzhen of Guangdong Province, Qingdao of Shandong Province, Ruili of Yunnan Province.