Shanghai adjusts key areas list, removing Japan

Ke Jiayun
The change reflects overseas trends in epidemic growth and the city's work to prevent imported transmission. Other local virus prevention measures will remain in effect.
Ke Jiayun

Japan has been removed from the city's list of key countries and regions for epidemic prevention and control, while the Philippines has been newly added, authorities announced.

The adjustment was made on the basis of overseas trends in epidemic growth and Shanghai's work to prevent transmission from overseas virus carriers, according to the leading working-group on local epidemic prevention and control.

Now Japanese residents and those who have been to Japan before coming to Shanghai will receive a nucleic acid test on arrival if they don't show symptoms of coronavirus disease and have not traveled to other key areas or had contact with suspected patients.

Those with positive test results will be sent to designated medical institutions, while those testing negative will be left to manage their health on their own.

The leading group office said the city will still enforce temperature screenings at Metro stations and airports for those entering Shanghai. Supervision of fever clinics will be strengthened, with tough screening on suspected cases.

Local residential communities will continue taking the temperature of each entering person. Communities will also continue reporting on every resident with a fever.

The office reiterated that customs will perform onboard checks of every flight entering the country and check every inbound passenger's health declaration card and temperature.  All those coming from, or having been to, key countries and regions for epidemic prevention and control will be quarantined for 14 days. Those who are from or traveled in non-key countries will be subject to epidemiological investigation.

Except for those under concentrated isolation, all other inbound passengers will receive nucleic acid tests.

People from key countries who meet the requirements for home-based isolation will first have a nucleic acid test. Those with negative results are allowed to be quarantined at home for two weeks while those with positive result will be delivered to medical institution for treatment.

If a person leaves their home without permission during his or her quarantine period, they will be punished under the law.

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