More sites closed as Shanghai reports 26 new COVID-19 infections

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The Shanghai Museum suspended operations from Thursday afternoon.

More sites closed as Shanghai reports 26 new COVID-19 infections

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Five locally transmitted COVID-19 cases with mild symptoms reported in Shanghai on Thursday.

Other tourist and cultural sites as well as hospitals in Shanghai were closed on Thursday after the city reported five new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases with mild symptoms and 21 asymptomatic local cases.

Except for one asymptomatic case who tested positive during screening, all the other cases returned positive tests after being placed in central quarantine as close contacts of previous cases, said Wu Jinglei, chief of the Shanghai Health Commission, during a press briefing.

The new cases, aged 10 to 72, were sent to the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center for treatment or medical observation under quarantine, he said.

Since the new wave of COVID-19 resurgence began in Shanghai on March 1, the city had screened a total of 4,361 people who had strong links to the positive cases as of 5 p.m. Thursday. Among them, 4,320 tested negative and the rest are under review.

Shanghai currently has six medium-risk areas: 281 Changdao Road of Hudong Community Subdistrict in Pudong New Area; 233 Henan Road N. in downtown Jing’an District; 1200 Caoxi Road N. in downtown Xuhui District; Building No. 1 at 3705 Bao’an Highway in the suburbs of Jiading District; the exit of Yonghui Supermarket on Huting Road N. in the suburbs of Songjiang District; and the Putuo District Shiquan Community Cultural Activity Center on Ningqiang Road.

According to Wu Huanyu, deputy director of the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention, citizens will receive a short message if big data analysis detects that they have had direct or indirect contact with COVID-19 patients recently. .

“However, this does not mean that you are close contacts or secondary contacts of the new cases,” he warned.

After receiving such messages, people are required to immediately report to the community, company or hotel, follow preventive measures and conduct medical self-observation. If there are symptoms, they should go to the nearest fever clinic with protective gear and avoid taking public transportation, Wu suggested.

More sites closed as Shanghai reports 26 new COVID-19 infections

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The Shanghai Natural History Museum was closed on Thursday.

More sites closed as Shanghai reports 26 new COVID-19 infections

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Twenty-one asymptomatic local cases reported in Shanghai on Thursday.

More temporary closures

More hospitals and local sites have temporarily closed amid the growing number of coronavirus cases, along with some local parks and universities.

The Shanghai 10th People’s Hospital on Yanchang Road M., Jing’an District, on Thursday morning suspended its outpatient clinics and emergency medical services for COVID-19 testing.

The Shanghai 5th People’s Hospital in Minhang halted medical services for quarantine and closed-loop management.

Tongji Hospital in Putuo suspended its fever clinic at 368 Zhidan Road for COVID-19 testing. Other medical services are functioning normally.

Xinhua Hospital in Yangpu District suspended its children’s fever clinic services for environmental and staff screening. Other services at the hospital continue, including emergency, inpatient, medical checks and nucleic acid testing.

The Shanghai Children’s Medical Center on Dongfang Road, Pudong, suspended its outpatient, emergency, fever clinic and nucleic acid test services for COVID-19 testing.

Fudan University Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital suspended operations at its Huangpu branch at 566 Fangxie Road for COVID-19 testing. Its Yangpu branch at 128 Shenyang Road is open.

Fudan University Children’s Hospital suspended its fever clinics for testing. Other services are working.

Some routes of intercity bus lines in Jinshan have been shortened or suspended to curb the spread of COVID-19, the suburban district transport authority said.

Bus lines between Jinshan and Pinghu as well as Jiashan, both in neighboring Zhejiang province, have been shortened or suspended.

More sites closed as Shanghai reports 26 new COVID-19 infections

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The Shanghai Grand Theater was also closed on Thursday.

All public cultural and tourist venues in Jing’an have been closed from Thursday, the district’s culture and tourism office said.

Sites include all libraries, cultural centers, museums, art galleries, community cultural activity centers and tourist information centres. Entertainment sites, internet bars and mystery role-playing games have also been shut down.

Jing’an follows Xuhui in becoming the second district in Shanghai to shut down all cultural and tourist sites amid the current wave of COVID-19 resurgence.

The Shanghai Museum has temporarily closed its doors from Thursday afternoon.

The Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, Shanghai Natural History Museum and Shanghai Planetarium will suspend operations from Friday. Tickets booked online will be refunded within 10 working days.

The Fengxian District Museum suspended operations from Thursday. Visitors who have already booked tickets can enter the site after it reopens any day until the end of 2022. The district library and cultural center have also been temporarily closed.

Shanghai Great World, or Dashijie, also announced it would halt its entertainment shows and interactions with visitors from Thursday. The more than 100-year-old entertainment site on Xizang Road N. remains open but only with its exhibits.

A number of parks in Putuo, Fengxian, Minhang, Jiading, Qingpu, Songjiang, Xuhui and Jing’an counties were also closed.

More sites closed as Shanghai reports 26 new COVID-19 infections

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A visitor takes a photo of the closed Jing’an Sculpture Park on Thursday.

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