One of Shanghai’s international airports has fallen into chaos after officials ordered a mass test of COVID-19 for workers in response to a small group of cases found among cargo managers.
Footage shows people in hazmat suits trying to detain swarms of people on Sunday night at Shanghai Pudong International Airport as crowds stormed a temporary coronavirus testing center in a garage, the Guardian reported.
More than 17,700 employees at cargo handling terminals have been tested for the virus, according to Zhou Junlong, vice president of Shanghai airport.
So far, none of the 11,544 people whose tests have been returned have tested positive, Zhou said.
The mandatory testing came after two cargo handlers who cleaned up a newly arrived container from North America tested positive for a virus, officials said.
The strain found in both cases is very similar to that of North America, suggesting it may have come from abroad, said Sun Xiaodong, an employee of the Shanghai Centers for Disease Control.
None of the infected workers wore masks while cleaning the container, which was sealed and damp inside, Sun said.
“Research at home and abroad shows that the coronavirus can live in a closed, humid environment,”
China opened 11 new cases on Monday, including two local cases in Shanghai, the National Health Commission said.
However, health officials said they had not found a link between the airport cases and the latest ones.
There have been more than 86,000 cases in the country since the pandemic began, including at least 4,634 deaths, officials said.
With Post wires