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March 24 Update: No New Confirmed Local Case Reported in Jiangsu but Three Imported Cases

2020-03-24

 

Between 00:00 and 24:00, March 23, 3confirmed imported cases of COVID-19 were reported in Jiangsu, one in Nanjing (imported from the UK), one in Suzhou (imported from the UK) and one in Nantong(imported from the UAE). A total of 5imported cases have been reported accumulativelyas of 24:00, March 23.

Case 1: AChinese national livesin Nanjing,who set off from London on March 18, arrived at Shanghai Pudong International Airport on March 19, and was immediately sent to a designatedsite in Nanjing for quarantine by Jiangsu Task Force in Shanghai. On March 20, the patient showed some symptoms. On March 21, the patient was tested positivein a nuclei acid testand transferred to hospital for quarantine in anambulance. On March 23, the patient was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Nanjing.

Case 2:AUKnational lives in Suzhou, who set off from London on March 15, arrived at Shanghai Pudong International Airport on March 16, and took an online-booked car to get to his/her residence in Suzhou for home quarantine before reporting to the community management. On March 20, the patient showed some symptoms. On March 21, the patient was transferred to hospital for quarantine in anambulance.On the evening of March 22, the patient was tested positive a nuclei acid test. On March 23, the patient was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Suzhou.

Case 3: AChinese national livesin Nantong,who set off from Dubai on March 21, completed customs clearance in Beijing and finally arrived at Shanghai Pudong International Airport on the same day. He/shedrove back to Nantong alone in a private car (one of the two cars brought to the airport by his/her family and friends). On the way back, his/her throat swab and blood sample were taken by Nantong officials. He/shearrived in Nantong for home quarantine in the early morning on March 22. On March 22, the patient showed some symptoms and was then tested positive in a nucleic acid testand transferred to hospital for quarantine in anambulance. On March 23, the patient was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Nantong.

Between 00:00 and 24:00March 23, no new confirmed local case was reported in Jiangsu. As of 24:00, March 23, 631 local cases have been reported in Jiangsu accumulatively, and 631 cases have been discharged from hospital in cumulative terms.

Of the traced 12,731close contacts, 83are still under medical quarantine and 12,648 have been released.

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.

Jiangsu has intensified its control to prevent imported COVID-19 cases. Starting from March 23,all Jiangsu-bound travelerswill be put under centralized quarantine for14days.All those who visit or return to Jiangsu from overseas mustcomply with relevant regulations, fulfilltheir responsibilities by truthfully declaring their health conditions and travel histories, make health declaration via “Jiangsu Health Code”, and seek treatment at designated fever clinics assoon 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.