Yesterday, Pudong Airport in Shanghai, China, decided to examine all its employees after a number of cargo transport workers and close contacts were confirmed to be infected with the Corona virus in recent days.
The “Global Times” newspaper quoted an airport employee as saying that the workers had received a notification asking everyone to undergo a coronavirus test on Sunday.
According to the notice, which circulated online, all employees in the airport’s two main cargo areas were required to undergo DNA tests at a car park by midnight Sunday.
Today, Monday, the Shanghai authorities reported that 17,719 tests have been carried out among airport employees since yesterday evening, 11 544 of which showed negative results and another 6,175 are still being treated.
And nearly 300 flights to Shanghai were canceled on Sunday night, and the news of the airport’s closure and the subjecting of all those present at the airport, as well as the staff, to a corona examination, caused panic and chaos, and a crowd broke through barriers that medical teams tried to set up, which led to a later retraction of the comprehensive examination decision and confining it to Employees only, according to social media.
Unconfirmed videos going around apparently showing intense scenes at Shanghai Pudong Airport, where according to social media authorities attempted to delay/prevent people from leaving in order to administer covid-19 tests. pic.twitter.com/TBWVfARdLt
— Tom Nunlist (@freefader) November 22, 2020
In total, at least seven domestic confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded among workers at Pudong Airport. The risk of the virus being “imported” through international logistics is a major concern of local health authorities.
Source: Chinese media and agencies