No imported COVID-19 cases reported in city, 1 new patient from Wuhan

Cai Wenjun
A total of 22 close contacts of the latest domestic case have been tracked down. Another seven imported suspected cases are undergoing test.
Cai Wenjun

A total of 22 close contacts of the latest coronavirus case from Wuhan, former epicenter of the novel coronavirus epidemic, have been tracked down, said the Shanghai Health Commission on Thursday morning.

The newly confirmed patient, which was reported on Wednesday, is a 47-year-old woman, who accompanied her husband for medical treatment in Shanghai. The couple were both tested negative on nucleic acid in Wuhan on May 8.

They took a high-speed train to Shanghai on Monday last week. 

As the husband needed to receive a surgery, the woman applied to stay at the hospital to take care of him, so the hospital gave nucleic acid tests on them on Monday. The results came back one day later, showing she was positive while her husband was negative.

The woman was quarantined by the hospital for observation right away and her sample was confirmed as positive by the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday after a double check.

The case was reported to the national infectious disease system early Wednesday and confirmed infection on the day.

The patient has been transferred to the Shanghai Public Health Clinic Center, the designated hospital for treatment, and 22 people have been tracked down as close contacts and put under quarantine and observation, the commission said.

The patient wore mask while going out in the city, investigation found.

The places she has been to in the city, including the Hongqiao Railway Station in Minhang District, one hotel, one fruit store, one convenience store, one supermarket and one skin-care parlor in Huangpu District, have all been completely disinfected.

Meanwhile, no new imported cases were reported on Wednesday, while three imported patients, two from the US and one from Russia, have been discharged upon recovery.

So far, of all the 326 imported cases, 313 have been discharged upon recovery and 13 are still hospitalized, including one in critical condition.

Another seven imported suspected cases are undergoing test.

No new local suspected cases were reported on Wednesday.

Of all the 341 local cases, 332 have been discharged upon recovery and two are hospitalized for treatment. There have been so far seven local fatalities.

No asymptomatic infection cases are undergoing medical observation now, the health commission said.

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