Arrivals put mainland on edge

Local | Charlotte Luo 5 Mar 2020

A total of 75 passengers arriving in the mainland tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, the General Administration of Customs said yesterday.

Mainland customs found 6,728 inbound air, sea and land arrivals showed symptoms of possible infection, with 75 people testing positive for the coronavirus, the administration said.

These included five out of 227 passengers who tested positive on Tuesday.

"All 75 cases were handed over to health departments in accordance with the work requirements of the joint prevention and control mechanism," the administration said.

There were 80,304 confirmed cases of Covid-19, which originated in Wuhan, including 130 new cases, and 2,946 deaths including 31 new ones, according to the World Health Organization.

Outside of the mainland, the WHO said there were 10,566 confirmed cases in 72 countries, including 1,792 new cases and 166 deaths, including 38 newly reported deaths.

With the number of new cases continuing to increase worldwide and the risk of imported infections also rising, the mainland customs said, curbing the spread of the coronavirus at ports is a top priority.

It usually takes two tests taken 24 hours apart to confirm a case.

The mainland confirmed 119 more cases on Tuesday, including 115 in Hubei, the National Health Commission said yesterday. There were also 38 new deaths, taking the death toll to 2,981.

The commission said the virus has been detected in urine and feces, and advised people to beware of contact and aerosol transmission via urine and feces.

Beijing and Shanghai have become the latest cities to introduce 14-day mandatory quarantines for those arriving from regions and countries with serious outbreaks.

Those who arrive in Beijing from countries such as South Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan will be subject to quarantine. People who have a place to stay in Beijing will be quarantined at home, while others will be sent to a designated hotel for 14 days.

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