Shanghai enhances screening on all passengers

Hu Min
All inbound passengers will now undergo quarantine inspection, temperature checks, health declaration card review and epidemiological investigation by customs officials.
Hu Min

Shanghai will enhance health screenings on arriving passengers from non-key virus-hit countries, it was announced at a press conference on Friday.

All inbound passengers will undergo quarantine inspection, temperature checks, health declaration card review and epidemiological investigation by customs officials, said Xu Wei, a spokesman for the city government. 

Those with symptoms like fever and cough will be transferred to designated medical institutions, said Xu. 

Those who transit through key countries, or have contact with suspected cases, will be subject to the same prevention measures as those from key countries, he said.

Shanghai has listed 24 countries as seriously affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 

On the list are Australia, Malaysia, Greece, the Czech Republic, Finland, Qatar, Canada, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan, France, Spain, Germany, the United States, the UK, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark and Austria.

People seeking medical treatment in the city do not need to undergo 14-day quarantine if they don't come from key countries or regions, said Zheng Jin, a spokeswoman of the Shanghai Health Commission. 

Diagnosis reservation is required and patients should avoid unnecessary accompaniment when visiting hospital, Zheng said. 

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