Zhengzhou launches third round of testing

Cooling break: Medical workers resting on ice blocks at a nucleic acid testing site on a field in Zhengzhou, Henan province. — Reuters

ZHENGZHOU: The central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province, launched its third round of nucleic acid testing in high and medium-risk areas for Covid-19.

The municipal health authority yesterday said those who fail to take this round of testing would have their health QR code labelled as yellow.

The risk areas are currently under closed-loop management, with all residents subjected to quarantine at home. Only a green health QR code would mean safe.

Henan reported four locally transmitted cases in the city of Kaifeng and four locally transmitted cases in Zhengzhou on Friday, the provincial health commission said yesterday.

Zhengzhou will also suspend intercity passenger bus services and reduce the frequency of urban bus departures.

Taxis and ride-hailing cars are not permitted to enter medium and high-risk areas, and are only allowed to operate in urban areas.

Closed venues such as public bathrooms, beauty salons, entertainment venues, offline training institutions, and nurseries are temporarily closed. Dining in restaurants is also strictly prohibited.

Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan ordered the immediate implementation of anti-epidemic measures to curb the spread as she inspected the city.

Sun urged accelerating investigations into key personnel like close contacts and conducting citywide nucleic acid testing.

She also visited the sixth people’s hospital of Zhengzhou, where in-hospital infections have occurred and spread to the rest of the city.

Sun called for immediate quarantine of infected patients, vowing zero tolerance for in-hospital infections. — China Daily/ANN

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