Guangzhou to build international health station amid threats from Delta variant (leading epidemiologist)
A medical worker takes swab samples from a resident for COVID-19 nucleic acid testing in Guangzhou Liwan District, south China’s Guangdong Province, May 27, 2021. Photo: Xinhua
Guangzhou, capital of the province of Guangdong (southern China), which receives nearly 90% of international passengers in the country, plans to build an international health post with 5,000 independent rooms to quarantine international arrivals in order to prevent imported cases of COVID-19 amid threats posed by the Delta variant.
China’s top epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan told reporters on Friday that the international health post will serve as quarantine hotels, designed to quarantine international passengers and close contacts of COVID-19.
Current hotels that are used to quarantine people in high-risk areas do not meet quarantine requirements, in addition, Guangzhou receives nearly 90% of international passengers who come to China, showing pressure to push back the risks of imported cases, Zhong noted. .
The senior epidemiologist revealed that the international health post that Guangzhou plans to build will cover an area of 250,000 square meters with 5,000 independent rooms under strict quarantine standards to prevent cross-infection, Zhong said.
He also revealed that neighboring Guangzhou city Shenzhen is also preparing to build such a health post to reduce imported cases of COVID-19.
Zhong warned that the highly contagious Delta variant is likely to be a prevalent viral strain in the future and that it is necessary to be very vigilant against the risks of the mutated strain spreading to surrounding communities and others. cities and provinces, as well as the risk of spread in schools.
The mutated Delta variant had triggered clustered cases of COVID-19 in Guangzhou and Shenzhen in recent weeks. As of May 21, the outbreak in Guangzhou has recorded a total of 167 cases and the mutated Delta variant in Shenzhen caused seven cases of infection on Thursday.