Shanghai airport staff tested after Covid-19 surge

Shanghai airport staff tested after Covid-19 surge”

Hazmat suit-clad staff were filmed herding a huge crowd into a basement area inside Shanghai Pudong International Airport in the country's financial hub.

According to CNN, photos and videos circulating across Chinese social media platforms show "hundreds of people packed closely together inside the garage - the opposite of social distancing - with a line of people in hazmat suits trying to hold back crowds pushing forward".

Some reports suggest the airport was testing only staff members, while others claimed everyone - including passengers - were subject to the new rules.

The New York Post reported that more than 17,700 employees "stationed in the cargo-handling terminals underwent testing for the virus", citing Zhou Junlong, who is vice president of the Shanghai Airport Authority.

The National Health Commission said in a statement that nine of the new cases were imported infections originating from overseas.

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Mainland China reported another 11 asymptomatic cases on November 21, down from 18 on the previous day.

Authorities at Shanghai Pudong International Airport continued testing airport workers today after multiple locally transmitted coronavirus cases were reported in the southern city over the weekend.

Chinese health authorities continue to battle a number of cases linked to cargo handlers at several of the country's ports, who are believed to have contracted the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19 from touching the exterior packaging of imported cold and frozen foods.

The two new Shanghai infections involved a security inspector at Pudong International Airport and his wife.

China has recorded 86,442 total cases and 4,634 deaths since the virus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late a year ago.

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