Published On: Mon, Aug 17th, 2020

China news: China tests 83,000 amid outbreak at Hema supermarket in Shenzhen | World | News

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On Friday, a dairy salesperson working at a Hema supermarket – a chain owned by Alibaba – in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen tested positive for COVID-19. Following their diagnosis, testing efforts led to the discovery of two further asymptomatic cases on Saturday.

All three people were employed at the Shuibei Hema supermarket in Luohu district.

Authorities proceeded to test 83,000 local residents after the two new cases were confirmed on Saturday.

People across the province were tested for the pathogen and 21 Hema supermarkets in Shenzhen were shuttered for testing and disinfection.

All additional tests on people and product samples have returned negative, the Guangdong provincial government said on Sunday.

As of 6pm Sunday, 83,413 nucleic samples had been compiled.

Out of those samples, 5,553 belonged to employees at 21 Hema supermarkets and two storage sites, as well as extensive environmental and product samples, the local health commission said on Sunday.

So far, all the human and product sample tests returned negative.

The staff members were taken to No 3 People’s Hospital and are quarantined there.

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Test and tracking efforts are underway in other wet markets, supermarkets and food storage sites in Guangdong, the provincial government said.

Imported frozen food goods must now undergo compulsory sample tests.

On Sunday night, Chinese infectious disease expert Zhong Nanshan said Guangdong’s efforts to contain the outbreak had been swift.

He added that he was confident the virus would not spread extensively.

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