- Title: Beijing begins 14-day quarantine of recent arrivals
- Date: 16th March 2020
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (MARCH 16, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF EMPTY ROADS AND EXTERIOR OF BEIJING CAPITAL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MAN PUSHING LUGGAGE CART / PEOPLE ENTERING AIRPORT BODY TEMPERATURE CHECK / STAFF IN PROTECTIVE SUITS TRAVELLERS WALKING THROUGH BODY TEMPERATURE TRAVELLERS, SOME WEARING PLASTIC RAINCOAT, WALKING BY WITH LUGGAGE TRAVELLERS AND STAFF IN PROTECTIVE SUITS WALKING UP TO CHECK-IN QUEUE TRAVELLERS AND STAFF IN PROTECTIVE SUITS IN CHECK-IN QUEUE (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) RECENT ARRIVAL FROM SOUTH KOREA ABOUT TO UNDERGO 14-DAY QUARANTINE, MS. JIANG, SAYING: "When I actually wanted to book my ticket, they wouldn't let me. They said there's a policy now in China that for anyone comes back to China from South Korea has to stay in mandatory quarantine for 14 days. But we watched the news yesterday, which said that (policy) should take effective from the 16th. It's for anyone who comes back from abroad on the 16th. But we came back yesterday (March 15th). It shouldn't be like this. As of yesterday, there shouldn't have been any such system at all like this for us locals. We were on an international flight yesterday. It shouldn't have been like this." EMPTY HALL AND PASSENGERS WALKING BY TRAVELLER AND AIRPORT STAFF IN PROTECTIVE SUIT AT DOMESTIC DEPARTURES GATE FLIGHT BOARD SHOWING FLIGHTS INFORMATION EMPTY ARRIVALS HALL JUST OUTSIDE OF CUSTOMS (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) TRAVELLER BACK TO BEIJING FROM SPAIN, NAME NOT GIVEN, SAYING: "There were many people coughing on the flight. I couldn't tell who is who. Who is a human and who is a ghost? Who knows? Will that person be honestly to report his or her condition? We won't necessarily be able to know, right?" REPORTER: "That's pretty scary." TRAVELLER: "It is scary. (I'm) really panicking. When we were doing the test yesterday at a hospital, we were with so many people there. It was scary. This actually increases the chance of being infected. If the policy has changed like this, all people should stay in quarantine, I think it is good for everyone. It's a responsible thing to do for everyone. No matter if it's for people who travel from abroad to China, or for everyone else, I think it's a good thing." MAN WALKING BY RESTAURANT PASSENGERS QUEUING UP (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 19-YEAR-OLD STUDENT STUDYING IN U.K., SUN QIANHUI, SAYING: "(Tickets) were really hard to buy." REPORTER: "How much did you pay?" SUN: "There were some tickets left when I bought mine. It wasn't that hard for me. They're hard to buy now." REPORTER: "There are no more left?" SUN: "Yep. There are no more tickets now. And (you) need to transfer two or three times just to get back to China." PEOPLE WAITING FOR QUARANTINE IN WAITING AREA (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 19-YEAR-OLD STUDENT STUDYING IN U.K., SUN QIANHUI, SAYING: "I think people are optimistic. This coronavirus is just a normal flue. If people die, that's because they are already quite old and they might have a weak immune system. So any type of light flu can kill them. And they don't wear masks. And they party as usual." REPORTER: "How does this affect you?" SUN: "I'm a little panicky. Because I don't know if people around me have been infected or not. Some people even cough, but others don't care. There aren't people checking on them." TRAVELLERS AND STAFF IN PROTECTIVE SUIT WALKING WITH LUGGAGE EMPTY AIRPORT HALL/MAN PULLING CART TRAVELLERS WALKING BY ON WALKWAY EMPTY AIRPORT HALL EMPTY CHECK-IN COUNTERS FOR JAPAN AIRLINES EMPTY ROAD OUTSIDE AIRPORT
- Keywords: Beijing inbound flights Beijing quarantine COVID-19 China coronavirus international travelers
- Reuters ID: LVA001C5AUPTZ
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Duration: 00:04:06
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: PART AUDIO AS INCOMING
Beijing began to quarantine people arriving from abroad on Monday (March 16), forcing recent arrivals to spend at least 14 days at a quarantine facility near the airport.
Beijing officials had previously announced that all recent arrivals from South Korea, Japan, Iran and Italy would be forced to undergo a 14-day quarantine, as of March 3, but the current regulations extend to all recent arrivals.
"It is scary. (I'm) really panicking. When we were doing the test yesterday at a hospital, we were with so many people there. It was scary. This actually increases the chance of being infected. If the policy has changed like this, all people should stay in quarantine, and I think it's good for everyone," one traveller who recently arrived from Spain told Reuters at the Beijing Capital Airport, declining to give her name.
Sun Qianhai, who is studying in the UK but came back to China for the Easter holiday, said she was reassessing whether to return since she is worried about the lack of preventive measures against COVID-19 in the UK.
Chinese who recently arrived from abroad, but who were not staying in Beijing, said that they had spent one night in a hospital just outside the airport where they underwent medical tests. Some of them said they would later be escorted to their home provinces by officials who would meet them in Beijing.
Aside from a few travellers and staff in protective suits, Beijing Capital Airport remained largely empty on Monday afternoon.
Mainland China reported an overall drop in new coronavirus infections on Sunday (March 15), but major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai continued to wrestle with cases involving infected travellers arriving from abroad.
(Production: Thomas Suen, Fang Nanlin)
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