Beijing Finds 29 Train Passengers from Tibet Test Positive for Covid-19

Beijing Finds 29 Train Passengers from Tibet Test Positive for Covid-19

 The train arrived in Beijing on Wednesday (17/8) after traveling 3,700 kilometers from Lhasa, the capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, since Monday. During the 40-hour journey, the train stops at 10 stations spread across five provinces: Qinghai, Gansu, Ningxia, Shanxi, and Hebei. All the passengers who tested positive got off in Beijing, the local Covid-19 control and prevention authority was quoted as saying by local media on Saturday.

The Beijing Municipal Health Authority found that 29 train passengers from Lhasa, Tibet, tested positive for Covid-19 based on test results on Friday (19/8). Two passengers from Beijing who tested positive for Covid-19 are known to live in Shunyi District and Daxing District. 

Passengers living in Shunyi boarded the train from Xining Station, Qinghai Province, on Tuesday (16/8) and got off at Shijiazhuang Station, Hebei Province. The passenger then continued his journey to Handan, Hebei, before arriving in Beijing on Wednesday (17/8). 

Passengers staying in Daxing also depart from Xining Station, but go directly to Beijing without transit. "Train passengers are particularly at risk of infection due to the long travel time and meeting many people in tight spaces," said Liu Xiaofeng, deputy director of Beijing City Infectious Disease Prevention and Control. Until now, Beijing still applies the obligation to show a negative Covid-19 test result in the last 72 hours before entering public facilities and using public transportation, including trains.

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