A COLLEAGUE of the COVID-19 patient from Shanghai’s Pudong New Area tested positive in his hometown in neighboring Anhui Province yesterday.
The Anhui native, surnamed Lan, 50, worked at the Pudong airport cargo terminal with the confirmed Pudong patient, a man surnamed Wang.
The new cases have led to some cities in China insisting on a negative COVID-19 test result from Shanghai travelers.
On November 5, Lan took a bus (plate number K58699) from Chuansha in Pudong at 4pm for Yingshang County, Fuyang City, in Anhui. He then took a minivan to his hometown in the Zhangyang Community of Shencheng Town.
Lan went to the Yingshang County Hospital on November 7, where he tested positive for COVID-19. He was moved to the Fuyang City No. 2 People’s Hospital early yesterday, the Fuyang health commission said.
Lan said he always wore a mask at work and received temperature checks every time he entered the workplace.
Thirty-four close contacts of Lan have been traced as of 11am yesterday. Half of them have already received the nucleic acid tests with 16 of them testing negative and one result pending. The commission has contacted the remaining 17 who are not in Fuyang. Those who traveled with Lan in the vehicles have been urged to report to the local disease control and prevention centers.
Shanghai reported the Pudong COVID-19 case on Monday with Yingqian Village, where the patient lives, declared a medium-risk region. No one will be allowed to leave the village unless they produce a negative test result.
The 51-year-old Wang worked at the West Cargo Terminal of Pudong International Airport. He cycled to the Pudong People’s Hospital on November 8 after showing virus symptoms. He was confirmed as a COVID-19 carrier on Monday.
Over 8,000 people in Shanghai, who at some point were in contact with Wang, tested negative for the virus, the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday.
A total of 524 samples, including food items, have been tested and found negative.
Though the risk rate for the rest of Shanghai remains unchanged, residents found that the “Travel Card” on their mobile phones had Shanghai highlighted in red.
The card was released at the height of the pandemic by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology along with the nation’s telecommunication carriers to track people’s travel routes.
People can check the travel card on WeChat or Alipay after logging in with their mobile phone number.
The academy clarified that areas highlighted in red only appeared if the cities and provinces have medium or high COVID-19 risk regions. It was a travel warning and did not relate to card holder’s health.
Detailed prevention measures depend on the regulations of the regional COVID-19 prevention authorities, the academy said.
Many cities across China are asking people from Shanghai to show a negative test result. Some hotels in Guangzhou in Guangdong Province and Sanya in Hainan Island said people from Shanghai must provide negative results before checking in.
Several hotels in other popular tourist cities such as neighboring Suzhou and Hangzhou as well as southwest China’s Chongqing said travelers from Shanghai must acquire a green health code of the cities.
As of 10am yesterday, Shanghai, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and the northern Tianjin City had been highlighted in red on the travel card.
The travel card will turn red for those who traveled to the medium or high-risk regions and orange for those in close contact with COVID-19 patients. Those from abroad will have a yellow travel card.