Shanxi launches COVID-19 control measures amid Qingdao outbreak


Shanxi's provincial disease control and prevention authority suggested on Oct 12 that citizens should avoid unnecessary travel to Qingdao in East China's Shandong province. The warning comes after the Northeast coastal city confirmed six COVID-19 cases and reported another six asymptomatic patients as of Oct 11.

Shanxi Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention reminds citizens of Shanxi province to undergo nucleic acid testing if they were recently visiting Qingdao. People who came in contact with any of the infected individuals mentioned above are instructed to undergo testing and begin isolation under medical observation immediately.

People should continue to be careful with their personal protection, maintain a healthy lifestyle and practice social distancing. Of course, people should visit a doctor for treatment if they are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Attention should be paid to food safety information issued by local authorities, such as updates about imported seafood and cold chain foods. Raw and cooked food materials must be stored and processed separately, and food must be thoroughly cooked to avoid food-borne diseases and food safety incidents which may cause COVID-19 infections. 

Shanxi reported two imported COVID-19 cases on Oct 12. All close contacts with the infected individuals have been taken to centralized quarantine.