More than 400 flights canceled at Shenzhen airport after restaurant staff allegedly tested positive for COVID-19
A flight information platform announced on Friday that Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport in southern China’s Guangdong Province had canceled more than 400 flights, after a staff member of an airport restaurant has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
At 2:25 p.m. on Friday, canceled arriving and departing flights (including Friday cancellations and early cancellations) accounted for around 40% of the total number of flights at the airport, the information platform said on Friday. on VariFlight flights to the Global Times. .
According to a notice issued by the Shenzhen Airport Outbreak Prevention and Control Bureau obtained by the Global Times, staff at an airport restaurant tested positive for the virus, although the person had been vaccinated. twice in January and February.
Staff had previously tested negative on June 1, 7, 9 and 15.
The airport has asked 56 employees working at the same restaurant to quarantine themselves, according to the notice, warning of the possibility of canceling more flights. The airport has closed all stores and started the third round of mass nucleic acid tests.
The Shenzhen Municipal Health Commission has not disclosed any new information about the case reported at the airport at press time.
However, the Shenzhen Airport said Friday afternoon that flight operations remained normal. He had scheduled 780 inbound and outbound flights and canceled 63 flights on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Shenzhen, a technology hub in southern China, saw outbreaks of COVID-19 in the city’s port earlier this month. Its neighboring city, Guangzhou, also the capital of Guangdong, recorded 147 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases from May 21 to Monday.
Among these infected people, some were vaccinated. On these infections, a local expert explained with three main reasons.
For some people, vaccines may not trigger the correct responses of the immune system; for others, their immune systems may not have enough time to produce the antibodies needed to fight infections, said Ma Wenjun, an expert on an advisory committee of the Preventive Medicine Association of Guangdong.
Third, it is possible that they are infected with the new mutant virus which can bypass existing vaccines, Ma said.