Chinese mainland reports 22 new COVID-19 cases

Workers in protective suits seen at a makeshift nucleic acid testing site inside a parking lot of Shanghai Pudong International Airport after new Covid-19 cases in Shanghai China

Hazmat suit-clad staff were filmed herding a huge crowd into a basement area inside Shanghai Pudong International Airport in the country's financial hub.

The outbreak was linked to two cargo handlers who cleaned a container at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport, suggesting the container as the possible infection source, said Sun Xiaodong, vice director of the city's health commission, Monday at a press briefing.

Other clips showed a surge of people trying to escape via a ramp as heavily-outnumbered workers attempted to hold them back.

Citing the Xinhua news agency, the Daily Mail noted that "m$3 ore than 17,700 had been swabbed by Monday morning in the drive to test airport cargo staff".

Shanghai also reported one suspected case that was from overseas.

A team of experts are tracking people who may have been exposed and are taking appropriate preventative measures, it added.

China recorded 11 new COVID-19 cases on November 22, down from 17 cases a day earlier, the national health authority said on Monday.

Health officials have tested thousands of staff at Pudong International Airport since a small cluster of Covid-19 cases in the city was linked to several cargo handlers.

China's National Health Commission said in its daily bulletin that five of the local transmissions took place in Tianjin and two in Shanghai.

The outlet reported that thousands in the crowd were "being forced into [a] basement area inside Shanghai's global airport" for testing after at least one worker tested positive for the deadly virus.

Shanghai has reported seven local infections linked to the airport this month, with most cases found in the past few days.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 86,442, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.



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