A coronavirus outbreak in Shanghai has been traced to two cargo handlers who cleaned a container that had just arrived from North America, Chinese health officials have said.
Hundreds of flights were cancelled at Shanghai’s Pudong International airport, one of the world’s busiest transport hubs, amid chaotic scenes caused by a sudden decision to test airport staff on Sunday.
Overnight from Sunday into Monday, workers in full protective gear ushered staff into a multistorey car park to have the virus test. Videos posted online by Shanghai health authorities showed scores of people filing into the facility.
The virus outbreak is largely under control in China, but authorities have warned of the possibility for new outbreaks as the weather gets colder, and have reacted to a small number of local cases by testing millions of people and introducing lockdowns and school closures in Tianjin, Shanghai and Manzhouli.
Shanghai has reported at least seven local cases of Covid-19, after…