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March 26 Update: No New Confirmed Local Case Reported in Jiangsu but Two Imported Cases

2020-03-26

Between 00:00 and 24:00, March 25, 2 confirmed imported cases of COVID-19 were reported in Jiangsu, one in Changzhou (imported from the UK) and the other one in Lianyungang (imported from the US). A total of 9 imported cases have been reported accumulatively as of 24:00, March 25.

Case 1 is a native of Jilin Province who set off from London on March 20 and arrived at Shanghai Pudong International Airport on March 21 with the intention of visiting his/her daughter in Changzhou. After customs clearance, he/she was transferred in a vehicle by the Changzhou Task Force to a designated site in Changzhou and put under quarantine there on the early morning of March 22. Tested positive in a nucleic acid test on March 23, he/she was transferred in an ambulance to a hospital for isolated treatment. A chest CT scan on March 24 revealed multiple lesions in both lungs and the case was confirmed on March 25.

Case 2 is a native of Jiangsu who left New York on March 19 and arrived at Shanghai Pudong International Airport on March 21 after changing flights in Japan on March 20. Upon customs clearance, he/she was transferred in a vehicle by the Lianyungang Task Force to a designated site in Lianyungang and put under quarantine there on the morning of March 22. After showing symptoms on March 23, the patient was transferred in an ambulance to a hospital for isolated treatment. On March 24, the patient was tested positive in a nucleic acid test and the case was confirmed on March 25.

Between 00:00 and 24:00 March 25, no new confirmed local case was reported in Jiangsu. As of 24:00, March 25, 631 local cases have been reported in Jiangsu accumulatively, and 631 cases have been discharged from hospital in cumulative terms.

Of the traced 12,759 close contacts, 107 are still under quarantine and 12,652 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.

To intensify prevention of imported COVID-19 cases, all Jiangsu-bound international travelers will be put under centralized quarantine for 14 days since March 23. All those who visit or return to Jiangsu from overseas must comply with relevant regulations, fulfill their responsibilities by truthfully declaring their health conditions and travel histories and make health declaration via “Jiangsu Health Code”. They should seek treatment at designated fever clinics as soon as possible, if symptoms such as fever and cough occur, and report their whereabouts in the previous two weeks.

Everyone 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 places and under various circumstances. This will both protect themselves and benefit public health.