Hundreds of flights are cancelled at Shanghai airport as city races to tackle new coronavirus outbreak
Health officials have tested thousands of staff at Pudong International Airport since a small cluster of Covid-19 cases in the city was linked to several cargo handlers.
ShareShanghai, a megacity of 24million people, has reported seven local infections linked to the airport this month, with most cases found in the past few days.The outbreak has sparked plans to give high-risk workers at the travel hub an experimental vaccine China has already been providing to state employees, international students and essential workers heading abroad since July.
On Tuesday, figures from data services firm VariFlight showed that over 500 flights out of Pudong Airport had been called off -- nearly half the day's scheduled flights.Almost half of the scheduled inbound flights were also cancelled.More than 17,700 people had been swabbed by Monday morning at part of a drive to test airport cargo staff, state news agency Xinhua reported, with those infected including employees at logistics firms FedEx and UPS.
More than 17,700 people in Shanghai had been swabbed by Monday morning at part of a drive to test airport cargo staff, state news agency Xinhua reported. Pictured, workers in protective suit prepare to give tests for workers at Shanghai Pudong International Airport on Monday headtopics.com
Shanghai, a megacity of 24million people, has reported seven local infections linked to the airport this month, with most cases found in the past few days. People are pictured wearing face masks while taking the escalator in Shanghai's Hongqiao Railway Station on Tuesday
Videos shared Sunday night on social media appeared to show a large crowd at the airport trying to push their way into a multi-storey car park where the testing was taking place and being held back by a row of people wearing full hazmat suits.Later footage published by Shanghai health officials showed rows of people queuing at what appears to be the same location and being ushered to testing stations by health workers.
Nearly half of all scheduled flights were also cancelled at Tianjin International Airport, a northern port city testing around 2.6million people to try and bring a local cluster under control.The eastern port city of Tianjin has also been hit by a coronavirus flare-up. Pictured, a medical worker scans the nucleic acid samples collected from a mass testing site in Tianjin on Monday
China -- where the virus first emerged -- has largely brought the crisis under control through travel restrictions and lockdowns, but it is now battling a number of domestic outbreaksTianjin, a port city of 15million in eastern China, reported five local cases on Saturday and another on Tuesday. headtopics.com
China has been rolling out mass-screening campaigns in response to the emergence of local Covid-19 cases, in some instances, collecting test samples from entire districts or cities.Authorities have in recent days shifted their focus to imported frozen food and other inbound shipments, which have been blamed for a resurgence of local infections.
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