Source:scmp.com

The southern city of Shenzhen tested more than 830,000 residents after two staff members at a local Hema supermarket a chain owned by Alibaba, which also owns the South China Morning Post  were found positive with 

Covid-19 on Saturday.


On Friday, a dairy salesperson who works at a Shenzhen Hema supermarket was confirmed to have Covid-19 at her hometown in Lufeng. Shenzhen then launched large-scale disease tracking and prevention and found two new asymptomatic cases on Saturday. Both worked at the Shuibei Hema supermarket in Luohu district.


The wider province of Guangdong has tested stores throughout the province and in Shenzhen has temporarily shut 21 Hema supermarkets for testing and sanitising. All further tests on people and product samples have returned negative, the Guangdong government said at a press conference on Sunday.



As of 6pm Sunday, Shenzhen had collected 83,413 nucleic samples, including from 5,553 staff members at 21 Hema supermarkets and two storage facilities, as well as extensive environmental and product samples, the local health commission said on Sunday. So far, all the human and sample test results were negative.


The two infected staff members were sent to the Shenzhen No 3 Peoples Hospital for quarantine and treatment, and their homes have been sanitised and neighbours put under close monitoring, the health commission said.


Hema issued a public notice on Saturday, saying it had closed all 21 stores to disinfect the premises and test staff.


The Shenzhen government has also provided free large-scale nucleic testing to residents living near the Hema shop, expected to be completed within three days. Residents who had bought products from the Luohu Hema shop or visited since August 1 can also get a free nucleic test.



Further tests and tracking are being carried out in other wet markets, supermarkets and food storage facilities in Guangdong, the provincial government said. Imported frozen food products will be subjected to mandatory sample checks.


On Sunday night, veteran Chinese infectious disease expert Zhong Nanshan told the media that Guangdong had reacted quickly to the outbreak and he was confident the disease would not spread on a large scale.


For local cases, we need to figure out three questions: where the origins are, are the cases imported or local; who had contact, which requires tracking; and how big the scale is, which requires extensive screening in certain areas, he told provincial government-backed media outlet Southcn.com.


He said the rebound this time was related to the Hema markets, but it was not clear whether it was spread by people or through contact with contaminated food products.


Based on the Beijing Xinfadi market cases, it might be more closely related to contaminated food products. We might need to be vigilant about that, he said.

On Thursday, the Shenzhen authorities announced they had found the virus 

on the surface of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil. It was not clear which stores had sold the products.


In the past few months, there have been sporadic regional outbreaks across China, including in Beijing, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Dalian in northeast China. Local governments have been reacting quickly with large-scale screening and restrictions to quell the outbreaks.


On Sunday, the Dalian government announced a full recovery of economic and social activities after local cases were found on July 22.


For Shenzhen residents, the new local cases posed more inconvenience than a health scare. They worry about the disease spreading and disrupting their travel plans if more restrictions are put in place.


Ive been stuck at home for most of the year. I really wanted to travel properly, but who couldve known that it rebounded, said Viola Zeng, a Shenzhen resident. The October holiday will be the last long holiday this year.






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China: 21 stores shut after staff infected with Covid-19

Source:scmp.com

The southern city of Shenzhen tested more than 830,000 residents after two staff members at a local Hema supermarket a chain owned by Alibaba, which also owns the South China Morning Post  were found positive with 

Covid-19 on Saturday.


On Friday, a dairy salesperson who works at a Shenzhen Hema supermarket was confirmed to have Covid-19 at her hometown in Lufeng. Shenzhen then launched large-scale disease tracking and prevention and found two new asymptomatic cases on Saturday. Both worked at the Shuibei Hema supermarket in Luohu district.


The wider province of Guangdong has tested stores throughout the province and in Shenzhen has temporarily shut 21 Hema supermarkets for testing and sanitising. All further tests on people and product samples have returned negative, the Guangdong government said at a press conference on Sunday.



As of 6pm Sunday, Shenzhen had collected 83,413 nucleic samples, including from 5,553 staff members at 21 Hema supermarkets and two storage facilities, as well as extensive environmental and product samples, the local health commission said on Sunday. So far, all the human and sample test results were negative.


The two infected staff members were sent to the Shenzhen No 3 Peoples Hospital for quarantine and treatment, and their homes have been sanitised and neighbours put under close monitoring, the health commission said.


Hema issued a public notice on Saturday, saying it had closed all 21 stores to disinfect the premises and test staff.


The Shenzhen government has also provided free large-scale nucleic testing to residents living near the Hema shop, expected to be completed within three days. Residents who had bought products from the Luohu Hema shop or visited since August 1 can also get a free nucleic test.



Further tests and tracking are being carried out in other wet markets, supermarkets and food storage facilities in Guangdong, the provincial government said. Imported frozen food products will be subjected to mandatory sample checks.


On Sunday night, veteran Chinese infectious disease expert Zhong Nanshan told the media that Guangdong had reacted quickly to the outbreak and he was confident the disease would not spread on a large scale.


For local cases, we need to figure out three questions: where the origins are, are the cases imported or local; who had contact, which requires tracking; and how big the scale is, which requires extensive screening in certain areas, he told provincial government-backed media outlet Southcn.com.


He said the rebound this time was related to the Hema markets, but it was not clear whether it was spread by people or through contact with contaminated food products.


Based on the Beijing Xinfadi market cases, it might be more closely related to contaminated food products. We might need to be vigilant about that, he said.

On Thursday, the Shenzhen authorities announced they had found the virus 

on the surface of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil. It was not clear which stores had sold the products.


In the past few months, there have been sporadic regional outbreaks across China, including in Beijing, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Dalian in northeast China. Local governments have been reacting quickly with large-scale screening and restrictions to quell the outbreaks.


On Sunday, the Dalian government announced a full recovery of economic and social activities after local cases were found on July 22.


For Shenzhen residents, the new local cases posed more inconvenience than a health scare. They worry about the disease spreading and disrupting their travel plans if more restrictions are put in place.


Ive been stuck at home for most of the year. I really wanted to travel properly, but who couldve known that it rebounded, said Viola Zeng, a Shenzhen resident. The October holiday will be the last long holiday this year.






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