2021-07-21 18:10


Nanjing Cancels Flights as 17 Airport Workers Test Positive

Nanjing Cancels Flights as 17 Airport Workers Test Positive

Photo: Global Times

At least 480 flights have been canceled as of 8:40 am Wednesday at an airport in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu Province, after nine staff members tested positive for COVID-19 after nucleic acid tests on Tuesday night. 

The positive samples involve airport ground service and cleaning staff, which were found during a regular nucleic acid test at Nanjing Lukou International Airport. 

17 airport workers in Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu province, tested positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday noon, causing massive flight cancellations and delays.

9 of the workers have been diagnosed as confirmed cases and 5 as asymptomatic carriers. The remaining three are awaiting further diagnosis, according to a press conference by the municipal government on Wednesday.

Local health authorities found positive results during routine nucleic acid testing for airport staff.

Over 65 percent of flights at the Nanjing Lukou International Airport were canceled as a result. The airport was earlier scheduled to handle 405 inbound and outbound flights on Tuesday.

The airport has carried out disinfection work inside terminal 2, which mainly handles international operations.

The city's Jiangning district launched a massive nucleic acid testing campaign at 9 am Wednesday after multiple airport workers in the district tested positive for COVID-19.

Nanjing, which has a population of more than 9.3 million, plans to carry out citywide nucleic acid testing after the campaign in Jiangning district concludes, according to the municipal government.

Source: Global Times

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