More than 17,000 employees at Shanghai's international airport were sealed on the premises Sunday night after two cargo workers tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The employees at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport were isolated in a parking garage and then tested for the virus. Passengers coming through the airport were also given mandatory tests and 40% of incoming flights were canceled.
As of Monday morning, more than 11,000 of the employee tests had come back negative.
Chinese officials said they believe the cargo workers contracted the virus from a North American shipping container. China has consistently pushed propaganda blaming the United States for COVID-19 since March.
The handlers reportedly did not test positive for the virus until weeks after cleaning the container, however, and one of the men had traveled to visit his hometown in a separate province during that time.
Authorities have set up additional testing for staff and are increasing sanitation measures for imported goods. China will also offer workers experimental vaccines that they have been giving to citizens since July.
🔦 The Pudong International Airport is one of the busiest in the world and a crucial travel hub for Asia.