Shanxi conducts strict quarantine of inbound travelers


The Shanxi Health Commission will strictly prevent and control imported cases of the novel coronavirus pneumonia to prevent a rebound of the epidemic in North China's Shanxi province, according to a government news conference held on March 26. 

All overseas inbound travelers will go into quarantine for medical observation. For those who are not suitable for centralized quarantine, such as the elderly aged 70 and above and minors aged 14 and below, home isolation shall be implemented after strict assessment of the home isolation conditions.

Community medical and health institutions will guide the implementation of medical observation, officials said.

All travelers will undergo virus nucleic acid testing within 48 hours of entering the centralized isolation sites. After 14 days of quarantine and medical observation, those with negative virus nucleic acid test results again will be released from centralized quarantine.

Self-protection guidance and health education will be given to people in quarantine and those with suspected symptoms will be transported to designated medical institutions for diagnosis and treatment. 

The Shanxi Health Commission will also release updates on the epidemic and travel destinations with imported confirmed cases through its official website and other channels. 

Officials said it will also interpret relevant policies and regulations and guide the public, to improve self-protection capabilities. 

As of 24:00 on March 30, Shanxi province reported no more local confirmed cases of coronavirus and three imported confirmed infections. A total of 4,538 close contacts of confirmed patients (including close contacts of imported cases) have been tracked, with 288 still under medical observation.