Another positive for virus in different Shanghai district

China | 22 Jan 2021 4:46 pm

An individual from northern Shanghai's Baoshan district has tested positive for the new coronavirus but more checks are needed before an official diagnosis can be made, a senior health official in Shanghai said on Friday.

"This positive nucleic acid test was obtained when the district took the initiative to screen possible relevant individuals after locally transmitted cases were reported in Shanghai on Thursday," said Wu Jinglei, director of the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission, in response to a public notice by the Baoshan district government earlier in the day stating that a person's nucleic acid test result was suspicious, the China Daily reports.

"But any diagnosis must be made together with a clinical checkup, other lab tests, and epidemiological investigation according to the country's regulation. It is not considered a suspected case so far," Wu said at a municipal news briefing.

Any further developments related to this will be made public, the Shanghai government said.

Six local patients were reported in Shanghai on Thursday. The first patient is a logistics worker at a major hospital. Contact tracing for the man led to the discovery of another two – a female friend and a neighbor, who is a worker at another medical institution downtown.

Further contact tracing led to the discovery of the latter three. The fourth is a relative of the second patients. The fifth infected person lived in the hotel that the third patient works at. The sixth patient is a colleague of the third case.


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