Beijing tightens quarantine rules for overseas travelers after reporting 4 new cases this week

Source: Global Times Published: 2020/12/18 19:58:40

Passengers wait to check their luggage at Beijing Capital International Airport during the National Day holidays in October, 2020. Photo: VCG

Travelers from overseas have to undergo a 14-day quarantine and health monitoring for another seven days after they arrive in Beijing, the Beijing government said on Friday, after the capital reported four confirmed COVID-19 cases and one new asymptomatic case this week. 

Friday's newly confirmed patient, a 48-year-old woman, was a close contact of a patient confirmed on Monday who arrived in Beijing from Hong Kong

She lived in a hotel in Dashanzi, Chaoyang district, the same hotel where the previous patient lived. 

The Chaoyang district government took samples from the hotel, the dormitory of its employees and working area, and found 21 samples in the dormitory were positive. 

The district government said residents living around the Dashanzi area could take nucleic acid tests. 

Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of the municipal center for disease prevention and control, said at Friday's media briefing that the capital was facing rigid COVID-19 prevention situations as the epidemic continued to spread in foreign countries, and urged a stricter implementation of preventive measures for international airlines. 

Beijing on Monday reported one imported case from Hong Kong, and the test results of the patient, a 27-year-old man, were negative during his quarantine. He then lived in a hotel in Chaoyang district after his quarantine ended, but was tested positive two days later. 

Beijing reported two imported cases from Hong Kong this week, which was hit by a fourth outbreak. 

Global Times


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