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Community medical workers monitor overseas returnees

Medical workers from Hongqiao Community Health Center have been on duty 24/7 to serve the residents who return from overseas and are supposed to be quarantined.

In Gubei international community, about 16,000 residents are from overseas, while about 70 percent of them are from Japan and South Korea.

Foreign residents who have lived or traveled in key affected countries within two weeks of their arrival in Shanghai must undergo 14-day quarantine at home.

Medical workers visit them twice a day to take their temperatures. Those found to have a fever will be taken away by ambulance.

Wards shut down as virus cases plunge

The isolation wards on the 17th floor in the Optics Valley campus of the Wuhan No.3 Hospital were shut down last Wednesday as all the patients were medically cleared.

Medical workers from Changning had spent 50 days there in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.

They groped in the dark, sought light in the brambles, day and night, selfless and fearless, practiced their mission and responsibility to save lives and protect patients’ health.

They had fulfilled their historical mission successfully and were dismissed with honor.

Plan to renovate old houses revealed

Twenty four old houses on Wuyi Road will be put under renovation. The repair this time involves four residential compounds.

Walls of houses at 40, 207, 227 and 263 Wuyi Road will be consolidated, while public facilities improved and drainage pipes rearranged.

The 1.7-kilometer-long Wuyi Road is one of 64 roads in Shanghai to have been given protected status.

It is to become an “international culture and innovation street,” featuring fashion boutiques, traditional restaurants and recreational facilities.

Originally Tunsin Road, the thoroughfare was built in 1925 and lies within Changning’s historical conservation zone.

The road features both eastern and western architectural styles with garden villas, new lane-style residential compounds and modern high-rises.

What to expect when arriving in the city

From last Friday, people have lived or traveled in 24 countries within two weeks of their arrival in Shanghai must undergo 14-day quarantine at home or at designated places. So how does this work?

When a plane arrives at Pudong or Hongqiao international airport, customs officials board the plane to check passengers’ temperatures. Those found to have a fever are taken away by ambulance, while those seated close to them are taken to a designated place for quarantine.

The remaining passengers are then led to terminal buildings in groups to be questioned about their residence and travel history and whether they have been in contact with people infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Those who haven’t been to any of the 24 countries will be let go, while those who have will have to register at the arrival hall with police from the district where they are going to stay.

Those with a residence in Shanghai will be taken by bus to a place for COVID-19 virus test before they are driven to their homes or designated places. In the case of a positive test, they are taken to the hospital.

Anyone without a Shanghai residence is quarantined at the airport.

Passengers transferring to another flight or to trains will be handed over to the airline handling their next flight or transported to train stations after health checks.

The 24 countries on the city’s key areas list so far are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the United States.

Urban management officer fights at the city’s forefront

Wu Xin, an officer from Changning urban management bureau, is one among 1,000 civil servants now working at the city’s two airports.

Since the beginning of March, over 400 planes from key areas have landed in the city.

Wu registers the information of passengers who have lived or traveled in any of the 24 countries and arranges their transportation.

Passengers need to scan a QR code to fill in their information, including their contact numbers, the last place they stayed in and their address in Shanghai if they have one. They also have to sign a pledge to obey home quarantine rules.

Wu and other officers have no problem in communicating with foreigners as most of them speak fluent English.

They work in two shifts 24/7. They are replaced by another group of officers after 14 days and sent to home quarantine.

Editor: Li Xinran Shanghai Daily
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