Wednesday, 28 October, 2020

Qingdao Covid-19 Flare-Up Stems From Failed Hospital Disinfection Measure

Improper Disinfection at Hospital Reason for New COVID-19 Cluster in China Officials
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Last updated Oct 17 2020 Improper Disinfection at Hospital Reason for New COVID-19 Cluster in China Officials Health By Diksha Last updated Oct 17 2020
Deanna Wagner | 18 October, 2020, 12:05

Medical staff wait to collect swab samples from residents for COVID-19 test in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 14, 2020. Still, residents have been asked to remain at home, flights to Beijing have been canceled and travelers from Qingdao to other parts of China must quarantine.

Xue Qingguo, Qingdao's deputy mayor, told state broadcaster CCTV that the risk of community transmission "is basically eliminated". Beijing's National Health Commission has not offered any details on why Mr Sui was suspended.

The source of the outbreak was traced to two dock workers who had tested positive for the virus in September but did not exhibit any symptoms at first.

In Eastern China, the coastal city Qingdao claims it found no new coronavirus cases after testing millions of people. An estimated 600 million people traveled domestically during the break, boosting the struggling tourism industry.

On Thursday morning, only one independent positive case of the disease was reported: a 40-year-old port worker who was asymptomatic.

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As a result, two people from public wards, including a patient surnamed Li, and a accompanying individual surnamed Niu, were infected at the CT room during examination the following day, which then led to the virus to spread in public wards, creating a cluster of infections inside the hospital, local government said in a statement (link in Chinese).

Some 34 hotels have been opened for medical observation for people who entered the capital after September 3, when the city resumed some worldwide flights.

Since March, China has instituted mandatory, centralized 14-day quarantine for any individual entering the country from overseas.

One new suspected COVID-19 case from outside the mainland was reported in Shanghai, the commission said.