Shenzhen airport cancels flights after Covid affair
Shenzhen Airport canceled hundreds of flights and tightened entry controls on Saturday after a restaurant employee tested positive for the Delta coronavirus variant.
Anyone entering the facility must present a negative virus test within the past 48 hours, the Shenzhen Airport group said in a statement posted to its official WeChat social media account.
City health officials said a 21-year-old waitress at Shenzhen Baoan International Airport was infected with the Delta variant of the virus.
The woman tested positive in a routine test for airport staff on Thursday, they said.
Shenzhen is home to some of Asia’s biggest tech companies, including telecommunications equipment maker Huawei and gaming giant Tencent.
The mainland reported 30 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, including six local transmissions in Guangdong.
Airport entry restrictions came into effect from 1 p.m.
Nearly 400 flights to and from the airport were canceled on Friday, VariFlight flight tracking data showed. Dozens of flights scheduled for Saturday morning were also abandoned.
Passengers would be refunded on their tickets without penalty, the airport authority said.
Millions of Shenzhen residents have been tested for the virus in recent weeks after a small outbreak in the city’s port earlier this month. (AFP)