Beauty salon

Employees of beauty salon in Shanghai test positive for COVID-19; the city is carrying out mass screening in certain areas

Two cyclists ride on a street in the new Pudong district of Shanghai (east China) on May 31. Photo: Feng Yu/GT

Shanghai on Thursday confirmed five new local COVID-19 cases and one community-level asymptomatic infection, including three employees of a beauty salon. The city will conduct mass screening in select areas over the weekend after lockdown restrictions were lifted more than a week ago.

Shanghai will conduct mass nucleic acid testing over the weekend in selected areas, including Pudong New Area, Huangpu, Jing’an, Xuhui, Hongkou, Baoshan and Minhang districts, authorities said Thursday. local.

Nucleic acid testing is an important measure to improve the accuracy of epidemic surveillance and early warning to detect potential risks as early as possible, said Zhao Dandan, deputy director of the Municipal Health Commission of Shanghai, at Thursday’s press conference.

The city will conduct mass screening for at-risk areas as well as areas that have reported positive cases at the community level since June 1. Closed-loop management will be conducted during sample collection and will be lifted after the task is completed, according to Zhao.

A total of 16 employees and 481 customers of Shanghai Red Rose Beauty Salon have been traced so far and the related epidemiological investigation and mass screening have been conducted, with more than 90,000 related residents taking blood tests. nucleic acid, Wang Hongwei, local official of Xuhui District, said at the press conference.

Other salon employees have been centrally quarantined and the place has been disinfected. “Preliminary investigation revealed that some employees did not take nucleic acid tests every day as required,” Wang said, noting that relevant responsibilities should be seriously investigated based on the findings. regulations.

The salon resumed operations on June 1, with each customer required to scan the venue code and show negative results of a nucleic acid test taken within 72 hours of receiving services, according to Wang.

Since June 1, when the city lifted lockdown restrictions in risk-free areas, a number of sporadic cases have been reported, particularly in older communities and places providing services in central urban areas. , Zhao said.

We must be very careful because the risk of epidemic rebound still exists and we cannot tolerate any relaxation, Zhao said.

The case of the trade show is a reminder that there are always risks in public places where people gather, and service industry personnel should regularly get tested and use personal protective equipment, Zhao said.

Epidemic prevention and control measures will be strengthened, including requiring businesses to fully disinfect before resuming operations and increasing the timeframes for disinfecting public facilities such as storage lockers, elevators, public restrooms. and garbage cans, according to authorities.