1st LD-Writethru: Airport cargo inspector, hospital nurse diagnosed with COVID-19 in Shanghai

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SHANGHAI, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The two new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases in Shanghai were a cargo security inspector at an airport and his wife, a hospital nurse, local health authorities said Saturday at a press conference.

The 39-year-old man surnamed Wu, who works at the cargo terminal at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, went to Shanghai Zhoupu Hospital with a high fever Thursday and later tested positive for COVID-19.

His 34-year-old wife surnamed Li, who is a nurse at Shanghai Pudong Hospital, had a fever and a sore throat Friday and was diagnosed with COVID-19 later on the same day.

Shanghai Pudong Hospital has suspended its daily outpatient and emergency services.

A total of 86 of their close contacts have tested negative for the virus.

The school their daughter attends has been disinfected and has moved classes online.

The city has collected samples of 8,120 people in connection with the cases for nucleic acid testing. So far, 4,468 samples have come back negative, while the remaining samples are still being tested.

Li Guohua, deputy head of the Pudong New Area, said there is no evidence proving that the two new cases were connected to the previously confirmed case, which was reported in Yingqian Village, Zhuqiao Township, on Nov. 9.

The patient, a 51-year-old male porter, has worked at Shanghai Pudong International Airport since April 8 and never left Shanghai, with no COVID-19 contact history and no hospital visits in the past three months.

Zhang Wenhong, head of the city's expert team for COVID-19 clinical treatment, said although both Wu and the previous case were engaged in logistics work at the Pudong airport, current epidemiological surveys showed they had never been in contact with one another.

"The two should be identified as two sporadic cases," said Zhang.

He said the related procedures following the case reported in Yingqian Village have almost been completed, indicating that Shanghai's prevention and control work to handle the new case is effective. Enditem

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