China in overdrive to quarantine flight passengers arriving from abroad

Published on : Tuesday, March 17, 2020

As the Air China flight CA936 touched down the ground crew went into action. Among them were eight quarantine personnel who boarded the plane arriving from Frankfurt at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport at 12:37pm on March 13.


Of the 286 passengers, four were found feverish while another two told inspectors they had had cold medicine within 14 hours during health declaration.


The six passengers and four companions completed their entry procedures on the airport apron and were sent to designated medical institutions by ambulances for screening and treatment.


Another 30 passengers on the flight were delivered to quarantine sites for medical observation.


In the following hours, the other passengers went through entry checks before being handed over to taskforces waiting at the airport for arrivals from key countries and regions affected by the COVID-19.


Stationed at the city’s two airports for two weeks already, they are tasked with picking up inbound travelers, registering their information, dividing them into groups and sending them to their homes in respective districts or collective quarantine facilities on chartered buses.


By around 8pm, quarantine work on CA936 flight had come to an end at the airport, but it was just getting started for front-line neighbourhood officials, police officers, volunteers and others guarding against imported coronavirus infection. With the city now regularly reporting no new local infections, guarding against imported cases is a top priority.


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