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Oct 16, 2020 06:51 PM
SOCIETY & CULTURE

Qingdao Covid-19 Flare-Up Stems From Failed Hospital Disinfection Measure

What’s new: The Qingdao municipal government said at a press conference Friday that investigations into the latest Covid-19 outbreak in the port city in Shandong province have found that the source of the flare-up was two infected port workers who contaminated a CT scan room at a local hospital shared with public ward patients, which subsequently caused a cluster infection inside the hospital.

The two port workers were infected in late September when handling contaminated imported frozen seafood and were then subsequently treated in isolated wards at the Qingdao Chest Hospital.

During their treatment, the two infected workers had CT scans. The CT room was subsequently contaminated with the coronavirus due to insufficient disinfection measures, and the passed onto other people who used the room.

As a result, two people from public wards, including a patient surnamed Li, and a accompanying individual surnamed Niu, were infected at the CT room during examination the following day, which then led to the virus to spread in public wards, creating a cluster of infections inside the hospital, local government said in a statement (link in Chinese).

What’s more: The local government also said it will conclude a citywide virus testing on all of its more than 10 million residents by 6 p.m. Friday. As of 10 a.m., no new positive cases have been found. In total of seven confirmed cases have been discovered, all of which were linked to the local hospital.

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Contact reporter Lu Zhenhua (zhenhualu@caixin.com) and editor Marcus Ryder (marcusryder@caixin.com)

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