Shanghai Requires All Overseas Travelers to Undergo NAT Testing

Shanghai ordered people arriving in the city from any country outside China to undergo nucleic acid testing (NAT) to screen for coronavirus starting this Monday, March 23, local authorities announced.

The new measure will expand a program that previously only applied to those coming from 24 heavily-hit countries, no matter their nationality, according to the municipal government's press conference on Sunday. 

Just last week, the Shanghai municipal government had ordered people arriving in the city from those 24 listed countries where they either lived or traveled to within the previous 14 days to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine at home or at any of the designated places registered by the government.

But as of this week, all inbound flight passengers from non-key countries to Shanghai will also need to undergo NAT, temperature checks, epidemiological investigation and verification of their health declaration forms.

Shanghai reported 14 new confirmed imported COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of imported cases in the city to 56.

Source: xinhua

Editor: Crystal H