Extension of Quarantine
Due to the prevention and control of the outbreak, multiple local governments have proposed to extend the isolation period appropriately based on the actual situation.
Beijing: Per the Beijing CDC, it is recommended that after finishing a 14-day centralized quarantine, people shall undergo another 7-day home-based isolation.
Guangxi: All overseas personnel coming to Guangxi shall be under a 14-day concentrated quarantine for medical observation and a 14-day home-based isolation.
Zhejiang: All asymptomatic infected people shall be under the same management as the confirmed cases, which is to say, first they shall stay in designated hospitals for two weeks, and then spend another 14 days in the centralized quarantine places for medical observation.
Yanbian, Jilin: All inbound personnel who return to the local community after a 14-day centralized quarantine at the provincial port are advised to spend another 14 days at home for self-quarantine.
Scope of Nucleic Acid Tests Expanded
Besides, per the local authorities, another key point for early detection is to expand the scope of nucleic acid detection.
Shenyang: These people shall carry out the nucleic acid tests: the medical staff; school staff; service staff in catering industry; taxi drivers and the drivers of online-car hailing; the patients who will be hospitalized and their caregivers; people who have lived in hard-hit areas; and people will share the roof with another person after returning to Shenyang from other provinces.
Guangzhou: The COVID-19 nucleic acid tests need to be carried out on the teaching staff and third graders of the senior and junior middle schools returning to classes and all taxi drivers. More strictly, in any place that a confirmed / suspected / asymptomatic case of COVID-19 has been found, all people there shall undergo the nucleic acid detection.
Beijing: According to Beijing health authority, 8 categories of people shall take COVID-19 tests, including the COVID-19 cases and their contacts; fever clinic outpatients; patients with respiratory symptoms; overseas arrivals; people from Wuhan who are about to end quarantine; government officials returning to Beijing from business trips; travelers to stay at hotels; and graduating students and teaching staff returning to Beijing for school resumption.
Shanghai: From April 23 onward, all units and individuals in Shanghai can make an appointment for a COVID-19 nucleic acid test in any of the 50 institutions according to the principle of voluntary and self-funded.
Wuhan: All the teaching staff, medical staff, workers in public places and public transport and other key groups of the industry shall undergo free nucleic acid tests for COVID-19.
Heilongjiang: Per the local CDC, these people shall be tested, including the patients under medical treatment and their caregivers; the port-related staff; the medical staff; the staff of the epidemic prevention and control; the students and school staff, people who have fever; the delivery-men; the taxi drivers, and the people serve in social welfare institutions.