Caixin
Jan 31, 2020 09:28 PM
SOCIETY & CULTURE

Eight Tianjin Rail Workers Catch Coronavirus

According to a statement by the Tianjin Health Commission, all 42 employees who worked on that train with the initial pair have been quarantined, and among them a further two workers have been found to be infected. Photo: IC Photo
According to a statement by the Tianjin Health Commission, all 42 employees who worked on that train with the initial pair have been quarantined, and among them a further two workers have been found to be infected. Photo: IC Photo
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Eight high-speed railway employees in Tianjin have been infected by the novel coronavirus while working, demonstrating the danger of human transmission on public transport and other crowded places, as millions across the country prepare to return to work after the Lunar New Year holiday.

The eighth case involving a high-speed railway worker in the coastal municipality, which borders Beijing, was confirmed by local health authorities on Thursday. Seven other railway workers and four of their relatives were confirmed to be infected with the respiratory illness earlier this week.

A total of 32 cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in Tianjin as of Friday, meaning nearly two-fifths of its cases are linked to the railway.

The first two confirmed cases of the eight were Tianjin residents working as temporary crew members on a Beijing to Wuhan train, Tianjin’s railway authorities said in a press conference. The exact train they worked on was not revealed.

According to a statement by the Tianjin Health Commission, all 42 employees who worked on that train with the initial pair have been quarantined, and among them a further two workers have been found to be infected. All employees will now be required to wear face masks while working and their temperature will be taken regularly. Trains will be sterilized on a daily basis.

Contact reporter Lu Yutong (yutonglu@caixin.com) and editor Joshua Dummer (joshuadummer@caixin.com)

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