All-out measures on roads, waterways to control virus

Round-the-clock measures to control imported novel coronavirus cases are being taken at Songjiang’s road and water junctions, as well as building sites where out-of-town workers account for the majority of personnel.

Starting from January 31, the suburban district’s traffic enforcement officials, along with health care workers, policemen and volunteers, joined the 24-hour battle against coronavirus import as a large number of people began returning to Shanghai after the Spring Festival holiday.

Special efforts are being put at tollgates of the G60 Fengjing provincial border crossing, one of the important gateways of entry and exit to Shanghai.

All returnees to Shanghai are required to register their car number, have their temperature checked and report on their health status. It’s round the clock supervision.

People, whose temperature is abnormal or who are heading from Hubei (the pneumonia outbreak epicenter) or have been to the central province, are required to have a second check. If no fever is reported, the person still has to undergo quarantine at their fixed Shanghai address or at a local isolation spot for medical observation.

“No one knows when our work at the Fengjing crossing will end, but one thing is for sure: we are guarding an important west gateway to Shanghai and will not draw back,” said a staff member of the Songjiang Traffic Enforcement Unit.

By 2pm February 9, a total of 199,843 people on 88,280 vehicles passing the Fengjing crossing had been checked.

Along with road traffic control, water areas are also being guarded.

So far a total of 203 traffic enforcement officials, 11 law enforcement vehicles and 46 marine patrol vessels have been dispatched to inspect docks and issue notifications, and no vessels or personnel from Hubei have entered Songjiang’s waterways.

Building sites of traffic-related projects, where the majority of workers are from out of town, are also key coronavirus pneumonia prevention battlefields. “Since the majority of construction workers are from out-of-town places, we require entry registration and temperature checks at every construction site,” said Zhou Binjun, deputy chief of the Songjiang Highway Administration.