Shenzhen airport steps up COVID-19 measures as China registers 30 new cases
BEIJING, June 19 (Reuters) – Shenzhen Airport in southern China said on Saturday that anyone entering the premises must present a negative virus test performed within 48 hours of entry.
The instruction posted on the airport’s official WeChat page follows the emergence of new cases in southern China since late May, which has seen closures in some neighborhoods and flight cancellations.
China reported 30 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the mainland for June 18, up from 23 infections a day earlier, the country’s health authority said on Saturday.
Among the new cases, six were local infections in southern Guangdong province, while the rest were imported cases, the National Health Commission said.
Shenzhen Airport has already ordered residents of the southern cities of Guangzhou or Foshan to present a negative virus test result before they can leave. Read more
Foshan Shadi Airport canceled all flights and suspended operations from June 12 to 22, according to an article posted on the Weibo social media account of the Foshan Municipal Government Information Office. Read more
The number of new asymptomatic infections dropped from 25 to 42 a day earlier. China does not classify them as confirmed cases.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China stood at 91,564 at the end of June 18, with the death toll unchanged at 4,636.
Reporting by Li Hongwei in Beijing and Engen Tham in Shanghai; Editing by William Mallard
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