Between 00:00 and 24:00, March 21, two confirmed imported cases of COVID-19 were reported in Jiangsu, one in Suzhou (imported from Thailand) and the other in Suqian (imported from the UK). Two imported cases have been reported so far accumulatively.
Case 1 is a native of Suzhou who went to Thailand for training. The patient left Phuket and entered Shanghai on March 12 before taking a friend’s private car to home for quarantine. On March 18, the patient was transferred to hospital in an ambulance after symptoms occurred. On March 21, the patient was diagnosed with COVID-19 as a moderate case.
Case 2 is a native of Suqian studying abroad in the UK. On March 18, the patient left London and entered Guangzhou via Singapore. On March 20, the patient flew to Nanjing Lukou International Airport from Guangzhou. The patient was sent by the Suqian Working Group to a designated quarantine site in Suqian upon customs clearance. On March 21, the patient was transferred to hospital in an ambulance after symptoms occurred and diagnosed with COVID-19 as a moderate case.
Between 00:00 and 24:00 March 21, no new confirmed local case was reported in Jiangsu. As of 24:00, March 21, 631 local cases have been reported in Jiangsu accumulatively, and 631 cases have been discharged from hospital in cumulative terms.
Of the traced 12,676 close contacts, 28 are still under medical quarantine and 12,648 have been released. Among others, all traced close contacts of imported cases have been put under centralized quarantine.
Experts note that at the current new stage of pandemic control, it is necessary to take prevention of imported cases as the top priority and advance prevention in a coordinated manner. Concrete measures for targeted control should be adopted while promoting full resumption of normal order of production and life.
To further minimize the risk of importing cases, all Jiangsu-bound travelers should comply with relevant regulations, fulfill their responsibilities by truthfully declaring their health conditions and travel histories, and make health declaration via “Jiangsu Health Code”. All those who have travelled to or lived in “key countries under surveillance” coming to Jiangsu should follow the regulations released via notices by the Foreign Affairs Office of Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government. Those who visited or returned to Jiangsu from abroad should seek treatment at designated fever clinics at soon as possible, if symptoms such as fever and cough occur, and report their whereabouts in the previous two weeks.
Everybody bears the primary responsibility for their own health. The public is advised to keep precautions in place; develop good hygiene habits including washing hands and ventilating homes and offices frequently; and follow proper cough etiquette. The whole society should be involved in the national campaign for sanitation while the public should increase their awareness of science-based pandemic control and develop a healthy lifestyle.
Different population groups should follow the precautionary recommendations and tips included in the Guidelines on the Proper Use of Masks by the Public, and wear a mask in the right way at different sites and under various circumstances. This will both protect themselves and benefit public health.