Shenzhen Airport in southern China canceled hundreds of flights and tightened entry checks on Saturday after a restaurant worker tested positive for the Delta coronavirus variant.
Anyone entering the facility must present a negative virus test within the past 48 hours, the Shenzhen Airport Group said in a statement posted to its official WeChat social media account.
City health officials said a 21-year-old waitress at Shenzhen Baoan International Airport was infected with the Delta variant of the virus.
The woman tested positive in a routine test for airport staff on Thursday, they said.
Shenzhen, a city in mainland China bordering Hong Kong, is home to some of Asia’s biggest tech companies, including telecommunications equipment maker Huawei and gaming giant Tencent.
China reported 30 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, including six local transmissions in the southern province of Guangdong where Shenzhen is located.
Airport entry restrictions went into effect at 1:00 p.m. local time on Saturday.
Nearly 400 flights to and from the airport were canceled on Friday, VariFlight flight tracking data showed. Dozens of flights scheduled for Saturday morning were also abandoned.
Passengers would be refunded on their tickets without penalty, the airport authority said.
Millions of Shenzhen residents have been tested for the virus in recent weeks after a small outbreak in the city’s port earlier this month.
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South China airport cancels flights after Covid-19 affair
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