Starbucks Employee in Guangzhou Diagnosed with COVID-19

Source: HangzhouTube, Global Times

A Starbucks employee at the Good World Plaza in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong Province, was diagnosed with COVID-19 and taken to a hospital for treatment. The incident sparked online discussion over concerns of a second outbreak in the city.


Starbucks told the news staff on Sunday that the location was shut down and is undergoing thorough disinfection, noting that all its stores in Guangzhou have implemented first level anti-pandemic measures, including temperature checks for customers, employees, along with regular disinfection, and strict packaging and sealing measures for their products.


It is the first infected case of a Starbucks employee in China. It's not clear how it could affect Starbuck's performance. The infected employee's identity has not been released.


The news was made public on the official WeChat account of Guangzhou Good World Plaza on Saturday, and local health authorities asked those who had visited the Starbucks store within 14 days to take a free nucleic acid test at designated places before 6:00 pm Sunday.


Residents living nearby can also take a nucleic test for free after they register and make an appointment.


Guangzhou cab drivers were asked to take a nucleic acid test on Sunday, a Southern Metropolis Daily report released on Sunday.