(Yicai Global) March 25 -- Some international flights to Beijing have been diverted to 12 airports, including Shanghai and Tianjin, from this week to ease the pressure of imported coronavirus cases on the Chinese capital. Yesterday afternoon, 100 passengers on the first flight diverted to Shanghai were sent to hospital for medical treatment or designated places for quarantine, the Shanghai Morning Post reported.
The Dubai-Beijing flight was carrying 248 passengers, the report said. When the flight landed customs officials filled out health statement cards for passengers and checked their temperatures. Experts also did nucleic acid testing on them. Twenty-two passengers were sent to hospital, while the 17-member crew tested negative.
To cope with imported coronavirus cases, Shanghai Customs has increased the number of staff at local airports from 500 to 1,339, working 24 hours a day.
On March 22, the Civil Aviation Administration of China and other authorities issued a joint notice that all international flights to Beijing must enter China at 12 designated airports, including Shanghai Pudong International airport and Tianjin, starting from midnight on March 22.
Editor: Peter Thomas