SZ extends isolation period to 21 days

Now Shenzhen   |   January 6, 2021
An inbound traveler from Hong Kong to Shenzhen is seen at the Hong Kong side of Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint in Nanshan District. DT News

Shenzhen has strengthened its COVID-19 containment measures for cross-border travelers, extending the quarantine period to as long as 21 days, Shenzhen Economic Daily reported yesterday.

All travelers from overseas have now been required to be isolated for a period of 14 days at hotels in Shenzhen before being transferred to the seven-day community-administered isolation as per a notice released by the Guangdong provincial pandemic prevention and control headquarters, the Daily report said.

During the 14-day isolation at a hotel, travelers entering the city from overseas will receive one nucleic acid test on the first, seventh and 14th day; and another test will be conducted on the 21st day at the end of the community-administered isolation, thus totaling four tests.

For those from countries and regions where the new variant virus has been found including the United Kingdom, inbound travelers will receive one nucleic acid test on the first, fourth, seventh and 14th day during their hotel quarantine, and another test will be given on the 21st day at the end of the community-administered isolation, thus totaling five tests.

Meanwhile, such isolation measures as “7+7 isolation” and “2+12 isolation” have been canceled accordingly. Special situations involving children and the elderly, as well as hospital patients, handicapped people and pregnant women shall be reported to the pandemic prevention and control headquarters of the corresponding districts.

During the seven-day community administration period, no quarantined people shall leave their homes in principle; in case a need to leave arises, they shall report to the liaisons of their respective communities, and strictly wear facial masks during the whole process, and shall not go to any large gatherings.

A letter of termination of isolation will be issued to them upon the completion of the community-administered isolation.

The new rules are also applicable to those who have already entered the city and are in isolation.

In another development, Shenzhen reported one more imported asymptomatic case of COVID-19 on Monday.

The case, a male of Chinese nationality, came to Shenzhen from Japan. He was quarantined upon entry and was later taken to the emergency ward of Shenzhen No. 3 People’s Hospital for treatment. Currently, the patient is in stable condition.