China has started mass testing of people in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, after 17 airport workers in the city tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, causing massive flight cancellations and delays.
Nine of the workers were diagnosed as confirmed cases and five as asymptomatic carriers, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
The remaining three are awaiting further diagnosis, she quoted local officials as saying.
A total of 521 flights were canceled at Nanjing Lukou International Airport. The airport was scheduled to handle 663 inbound and outbound flights on Wednesday.
The city’s Jiangning District launched a massive nucleic acid testing campaign after the coronavirus cases were discovered.
Nanjing, with a population of more than 9.3 million, plans to conduct city-wide nucleic acid tests in Jiangning District after the campaign is over, the city government said.
The city administration urges residents not to leave the city unless necessary. Anyone leaving the city must present a negative nucleic acid test certificate within 48 hours of their departure.
Nanjing authorities have classified four residential areas as medium-risk areas for COVID-19 and have initiated cordoned-off management there. All public transport will stop in these medium risk areas, the report said.
Since the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan in December 2019, China has reported 92,364 Covid cases as of Tuesday. These included 602 patients still under treatment, 15 of whom were in severe condition, according to a Xinhua report. So far, 4,636 people have died from the disease.
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