SHENZHEN reported no new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases as of 5 p.m. yesterday, according to a press conference held by the city government’s information office.
The city’s latest resurgence of COVID-19 is generally under control as all the new cases had been found among close contacts of previously reported cases and key risk groups since Friday, Lin Hancheng, a municipal health official, said at the press conference held in Civic Center, Futian District, yesterday afternoon.
Lin cautioned that as follow-up screenings continue, the possibility of more positive cases cannot be ruled out.
As of 5 p.m. yesterday, a total of 16 locally transmitted confirmed COVID cases had been reported in the city since Jan. 31.
Except for the first case that was detected in the fever clinic, the other 15 cases were close contacts and key risk groups who were put under quarantine and all belonged to the same transmission chain.
According to Lin, gene sequencing has shown that 14 out of the 16 cases are attributable to the Omicron variant, while the cause of the remaining infections is yet to be identified.
The infections in the latest COVID resurgence are likely caused by exposure to contaminated imported goods, said Lin.
Meng Jinjin, executive deputy head of the Bao’an District Government, said that specific lockdown areas have been designated in Shiyan Subdistrict, while the subdistrict’s other areas have been designated as epidemic prevention areas.
According to Chi Weiguo, deputy head of the municipal commerce bureau, the city has established an epidemic prevention and control mechanism for imported goods and issued guidelines for handling imported goods.
Lin reminded that citizens are advised to hold negative nucleic acid test proofs issued within 48 hours before returning to Shenzhen. Those who don’t have a proof must take a nucleic acid test within 24 hours upon arrival and improve self-health monitoring.
Additionally, the start of the new spring semester for kindergarten, primary and secondary school students in the city has been postponed to Feb. 21, while the starting date for college students will be determined separately.
All students must carry out a 14-day self-health monitoring before returning to school and provide negative nucleic acid test proofs issued within 48 hours.
Article from: SHENZHEN DAILY