Shanghai international airport staff were subjected to mass testing after a small outbreak of COVID-19 in the city was linked to several cargo handlers.
Shanghai international airport staff were subjected to mass Coronavirus testing after a small outbreak of COVID-19 in the city was linked to several cargo handlers.
Videos that have been circulated in social media have shown hundreds of workers in an airport parking structure rushing and pushing groups wearing white hazmat suits who block the exit.
It was believed that more than 17,000 employees were sealed inside the airport in order for them to get tested and quarantined.
According to a statement from the Shanghai government, they have ordered all cargo staff at the airport to undergo COVID-19 tests overnight and set up a testing center on the second floor of a parking garage.
From 17,719 samples, 11,544 have been tested and all reportedly received negative results.
Despite announcing that there were no positive cases so far, the airport management has declined to say if the staff were still in the airport, quarantined, or allowed to go home.
The airport has also announced that at-risk workers would be given vaccinations to prevent more cases.
“Arrangements will be made for high-risk workers to get a coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, under an informed consent basis,” said Zhou Junlong, vice president of Shanghai Airport Group.
Authorities alleged that the two cargo handlers who tested positive had entered and cleaned a container arriving from North America.
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