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Shanghai reports zero asymptomatic COVID-19 cases, vows to continue exercising strict caution

Global Times

Source:Global Times Published: 2020/4/1 16:33:40

Shanghai has zero asymptomatic COVID-19 infection cases under medical observation as of Wednesday, Shanghai Health Commission said Wednesday.

Previously, 11 inbound travelers to Shanghai tested positive on the nucleic acid test without symptoms at the time of diagnosis, following which they were sent to the designated fever clinic for further observation and treatment, according to the commission. 10 among them later showed symptoms and were eventually confirmed with COVID-19 infection, while one became normal.

Asymptomatic coronavirus patients refer to those cases without any visible symptoms like a fever or cough; however, they test positive for the novel coronavirus nucleic acid test.

In order to better control the coronavirus spread, Shanghai has always followed strict measures to isolate and treat the confirmed patients, authorities reiterated.

Those testing positive for the nucleic acid test are sent to the designated fever clinic for quarantine and treatment. Once these cases are confirmed as COVID-19 cases, they are transferred to the designated hospital immediately and treated as per the national treatment guidelines in conjuncture with the Shanghai therapy, recognized by Shanghai experts, according to the commission.

The city further follows strict scrutiny before discharging coronavirus patients. Asymptomatic coronavirus patients must test negative twice, consecutively, on the nucleic acid test before they could be discharged from the hospitals.

After they are discharged upon recovery, they must undergo a 14-day quarantine. Medics from the designated hospital go on a follow-up visit on the second week of discharge, while the patient must come for a check-up on the fourth week after the discharge, according to the commission.

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