Chinese Pilot Tests Positive for Covid-19 After Attending 300-Person Wedding
What's new: A cargo pilot for Sichuan Airlines, who recently returned from the United States and then attended a 300-person wedding banquet in China, has tested positive for Covid-19, local health authorities said Tuesday.
The 26-year-old man, surnamed Gao, had undergone a quarantine process and tested negative after flying back from Los Angeles to Chengdu in the southwestern province of Sichuan on Nov. 29, according to the provincial health commission.
Ten days into his quarantine, the pilot carried out a domestic round-trip flying from Chengdu to Jinan in the eastern Shandong province on Dec. 9 and continued his 14-day quarantine in Chengdu until Saturday. It is not immediately clear why the pilot was allowed to travel during his quarantine.
After the official quarantine period he then drove north to the neighboring city of Mianyang (绵阳) and attended a wedding banquet of about 300 people, the local health authority said.
The following Monday, after the wedding, the pilot tested positive for Covid-19 at Huaxi hospital in Chengdu.
The residential community where the pilot lives has been sealed off and a total of 22 close contacts at the wedding banquet in Mianyang have been isolated for medical observation, the Sichuan provincial health commission said.
Why it matters: The pilot’s positive result raises the fear the virus could spread in the 16 million-strong metropolis of Chengdu.
Chengdu has recorded a spike of new coronavirus cases in the last week. The city did not go into lockdown, but went into “wartime” mode to cut the transmission of the disease, testing more than 2 million residents as of Monday.
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