Employees at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai have been forced to undergo a massive drug test due to cases of Covid-19 detected in their ranks. More than 17,000 people have been tested in this way.
Shanghai Pudong International Airport was the scene of scenes of chaos on the evening of November 22, after authorities ordered all cargo personnel in the city to be tested for Covid-19. the airport. Since early November, seven freight workers and people who have been in close contact with them have been diagnosed positive for Covid-19, with two cases reported on November 22, CNN reports.
In an effort to contain the cluster, Chinese authorities ordered all staff to undergo overnight tests and create a medical cell on the second floor of a parking lot, a Shanghai government statement reported by CNN said. .
According to several videos circulating on Twitter, a large number of people gathered in one place to undergo the test, which gave rise to stampede.
Wild scenes at Shanghai Pudong airport – multiple vids going around of what appears to be a sudden decision by authorities to test all staff for # COVID19 after 2 positive cases detected. Reports say authorities ultimately relented as things were getting out of hand. pic.twitter.com/Xenus4dHPR
– Bill Birtles (@billbirtles) November 22, 2020
Order restored at the airport
Calm appears to have been restored later, with CGTN television posting photographs of workers lining up to be tested. On the morning of November 23, 17,719 samples had been taken. All 11,544 samples tested received negative results, officials said at a press conference.
Shanghai Pudong International Airport is arranging nucleic acid testing for relevant staff after three male employees at its cargo terminal tested positive for # COVID19. Temporary detection sites were set up overnight at the airport and employees were seen lining up for swabbing. pic.twitter.com/kOEg61RHpU
– CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) November 23, 2020
“As winter approaches, sporadic Covid-19 contamination has been observed in many regions of the country, causing growing concern from the authorities”, specifies Chinese media in English language Global Times. Cities where the virus has resurfaced in recent weeks were immediately reconfigured, and all of their residents were tested.
The metropolis of Tianjin (north), 100 km south-east of Beijing, has notably reported a few cases in recent days. The city is currently testing around 2.6 million people.