SHANGHAI, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai Municipality has further expanded quarantine measures for inbound passengers and strengthened joint epidemic control measures with provinces across the Yangtze River Delta.
All inbound passengers to destinations other than the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui across the Yangtze River Delta should undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arriving in Shanghai, according to the Information Office of the Shanghai municipal government.
For those inbound passengers who enter Shanghai and are destined for the above provinces, the three provincial governments will send working groups to directly transfer them from the Shanghai airport to their destinations for quarantine based on the joint epidemic control mechanism within the area.
The new regulation, taking effect on Friday, is the latest move to tackle the rising trend of imported novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the area.
Before Friday, inbound passengers destined for other provinces and cities could travel to their final destinations if their nucleic acid test results were negative and their body temperatures were normal upon arriving in Shanghai.
Shanghai reported 17 new confirmed COVID-19 cases from other countries on Thursday, bringing the total number of imported cases in the city to 129.