Testing results at Shanghai Disney Resort come back negative; at least two hospitals closed to screen out potential COVID-19 infections
Published: Nov 01, 2021 10:21 AM
A visitor interacts with Mickey and Minnie at Shanghai Disney Resort, June 16, 2021. (Photo/ Tang Yanjun)

A visitor interacts with Mickey and Minnie at Shanghai Disney Resort, June 16, 2021. (Photo/ Tang Yanjun)

More places, including at least two hospitals in Shanghai, started to screen out potential epidemic infections on Monday after Shanghai Disney Resort shut down and tested all tourists and working staff on Sunday night. There was no positive case found. 

In cooperation with epidemic investigation in other provinces and cities, Xinhua Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Shanghai Children’s Medical Center were closed on Monday. 

Tourists lining up to receive tests at the Shanghai Disney Resort made a national headline on Sunday night, after a positive case from neighboring province Zhejiang who had been to the Disney on Saturday was found. 

Results of nucleic acid tests on 33,863 people who had been to Shanghai Disney Resort on Saturday and Sunday came back negative. The 920 samples on articles and environments were also negative. The resort had also been disinfected, according to a notice released by Shanghai epidemic control and prevention leading group Monday. 

Pictures and videos of medical staff giving nucleic acid tests amid firework performance on Sunday night at the resort were widely circulated online. Many netizens called them “heroes in harm’s way.” 

A post on Sina Weibo wrote by Zhang Wenhong, a Shanghai-based infectious disease expert, early on Monday morning after all the people at the resort received tests, touched many. 

“As the epidemic is normalized, the handling of the epidemic is standardized. All tourists can now fall asleep peacefully, but countless of my colleagues will continue to work and complete all standard procedures for prevention and control, just to make people in this city and the people who pass through this city a better life. 

“Thank for tonight’s undisrupted fireworks show. We see mankind’s calmness and confidence toward future in front of disaster,” Zhang wrote. 

Some Shanghai locals said after all Zhang is still the key stand of Shanghai. Western media once hyped Zhang’s remarks on China's zero-case policy. 

While many rides and attractions were closed, outdoor performances continued until the end of the operation on Sunday. Both Shanghai Disneyland and Disney town will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, with a reopening time yet to be determined. 

A positive COVID-19 case who went to Shanghai Disneyland on Saturday was found in Hangzhou. The patient surnamed Zhan from Yanshan county of East China’s Jiangxi Province, which reported an outbreak on Sunday.  

Shanghai has urged people who visited the Shanghai Disneyland and Disney town on Sunday and Saturday to report to their local community officials and receive nucleic acid tests. 

All the related people must undergo two days of closed-loop management and 12 days of community health monitor and receive four tests in 14 days. 

Global Times found more cities including Hangzhou and Nantong started to screen people who had been to the Shanghai Disneyland and Disney town on Sunday and Saturday for epidemic reasons.