Strict home quarantine for visitors from overseas

Hu Min
Shanghai will further enhance information registration and screening of people arriving in the city from key countries.
Hu Min

Shanghai will further enhance information registration and screening by neighborhood and village committees of people arriving in the city from countries hard hit by the coronavirus epidemic, a senior civil affairs official told a press conference on Sunday.

"Preventing the spread of coronavirus via imported cases is the priority now, requiring stricter home quarantine measures at communities," said Zeng Qun, deputy director of the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau.

Shanghai has imposed a home quarantine mechanism on people from key regions since January 24.

Home quarantine measures at residential communities are the same for both Chinese and foreigners, said Zeng. People who develop symptoms are sent to designated medical centers.

"The home quarantine mechanism is effective and has played a solid role in the prevention of the virus," he said. 

After arriving at temporary observation sites in each district, passengers will undergo nucleic acid tests for the coronavirus. Only those with negative test results will be escorted to their residences by district officials to undergo 14-day quarantine.

People quarantined at home are required not to stay in the same apartment as those who don't need to be quarantined. Only if they promise to quarantine themselves together, will they be allowed to share the same apartment.

Strict home quarantine management will ensure that those quarantined for 14 days do not leave home, Zeng stressed.

People breaking quarantine will be held responsible.

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

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

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