A couple receives mandatory quarantine after returning to Zhejiang
On April 1, Shengzhou, Zhejiang issued a circular saying that recently, two inbound people in Shengzhou were placed under isolation by force for violating the epidemic prevention and control regulations.
The two are husband and wife. They took a taxi from Hengqin Port of Macau to Zhuhai International Airport on March 26, and then took a flight to Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport (Flight QW6034), and then returned to Shengzhou.
Since then, the two did not report their trip or conduct a 14-day isolation as required. Besides, one of them concealed the itinerary when the staff came to check on them. Later, the two were sent to isolation forcefully by the territorial Government.
In view of their deeds, the public security organ will handle them according to law after the isolation, and the accountability procedure towards relevant staff will start.
Thursday Zhejiang saw 2 new imported COVID-19 cases, respectively from the USA and UK. As of 24:00 on April 2, a total of 42 imported cases were reported in Zhejiang and 12 of them were discharged.
In addition, there are 2 new cases of asymptomatic infection, both from UAE.
Hangzhou launches new international flight
Hangzhou debuted a new international cargo air route from Hangzhou to Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia. The new flight, which took off on Tuesday, carried medical supplies donated by the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation, and packages from online stores mainly consisting of necessity supplies such as garments and face masks.
The flight is the province's first cargo air route to Kuala Lumpur, said Tao Lixin, general manager with Hangzhou International Airport Aviation Logistics Co., Ltd. It aims at facilitating the business and trading interaction between the province and Southeast Asia, Tao added.
Asymptomatic infection of the novel coronavirus, which has caused increasing concern among the public, is still a very small proportion among total infections, and could be effectively detected by nucleic acid testing, a senior testing expert in Shanghai said.
"The test result is a numerical number and it doesn't have anything to do with whether the patient will eventually show symptoms or not," said Li Chongshan, deputy director of the Division of Microbiology under the Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Amid the rising number of asymptomatic infections, China has scaled up screening of such cases and expanded testing to close contacts of infected patients in an effort to prevent a possible domestic rebound of the outbreak.
Seen from Shanghai's data and that of the whole country, patients with asymptomatic infections who did not show any symptoms throughout the 14-day incubation period or even longer, only accounted for between 1 and 5 percent of the total number of patients so far, Li told China Daily in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.
"A case that didn't show any symptoms of the novel coronavirus when testing positive for the virus would usually develop symptoms in several days. That means they were in the incubation period of the virus when taking the test," he said.
Medical experts said that in most cases, a person can test positive for the virus through a nucleic acid test two to three days after getting infected.