Country explores big data to help stop imported coronavirus cases

Source:Global Times Published: 2020/3/5 14:08:40

A flight chart Photo: Feeyo Technology Co

After its all-out endeavor to contain the coronavirus outbreak, China is now enhancing prevention measures at its entry and exit points to ferret out inbound cases from abroad. 

And, some Chinese cities and airliners are exploring big data technology to help them determine where the imported cases will come. 

The city of Beijing on Wednesday recorded its second imported case in an individual who had traveled from Italy, one of the most severely infected countries in Europe, according to a statement from China's General Administration of Customs.

Italy has suspended all direct flights to and from China's mainland, though travelers from Italy can still travel to China via other countries such as Germany, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, which have maintained flight services to China, according to a flight chart sent to the Global Times by domestic aviation data provider Feeyo Technology Co.

South Korea, which has also been hit hard by the virus, has maintained flight services to China. Flights to Beijing Capital International Airport offer the largest number of seats, followed by those set for Qingdao in East China's Shandong Province and Shanghai, per data from Feeyo.

Among direct flights from Japan to China, those route to Shanghai offer the most seats, followed by those to Beijing, Guangzhou in South China's Guangdong Province and Dalian in Northeast China's Liaoning Province.

Only one direct flight has maintained services from Iran to China, landing in Shenzhen, though travelers are still able to fly to China by transferring flights.

By the end of Tuesday, Chinese customs had detected 6,728 inbound passengers showing symptoms of the new coronavirus, of whom 779 became suspected cases and 75 became confirmed cases.

Concerns have been raised among Chinese internet users cautious about the risk of rising imported coronavirus infection cases. Many hope the nation can secure the hard-won epidemic prevention achievements.

Since the outbreak of epidemic, China's customs has initiated a strict prevention system including the comprehensive inspection, investigation, transfer and quarantine of all passengers with symptoms, passengers who are suspected or confirmed cases and their close contacts, Lin Wei, an official from China's General Administration of Customs, said at a press conference on Sunday.

Global Times


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