Chaos Erupts at Shanghai Airport After Officials Order Mass Coronavirus Testing for Employees in Response to Small Outbreak

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One of Shanghai’s international airports descended into chaos after officials ordered mass COVID-19 testing for workers in response to a small cluster of cases detected among cargo handlers.

Footage showed people in hazmat suits trying to contain swarms of people overnight Sunday at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, as crowds filed into a temporary coronavirus testing center in a parking garage, the Guardian reported.

More than 17,700 employees stationed in the cargo-handling terminals underwent testing for the virus, according to Zhou Junlong, vice president of the Shanghai Airport Authority.

So far, none of the 11,544 people whose tests have been returned have tested positive, Zhou said.

The mandatory testing came after two cargo handlers who cleaned a container that had just arrived from North America tested positive for the virus, officials said.

The strain detected in both cases was highly similar to that from North America, suggesting it could have come from overseas, said Sun Xiaodong, an official of Shanghai’s disease control center.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Jackie Salo