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Shenzhen airport cancels flights after Covid case

2021-06-19 HKT 23:01
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  • Coronavirus restrictions have taken effect at Shenzhen Airport. File image: Shutterstock
    Coronavirus restrictions have taken effect at Shenzhen Airport. File image: Shutterstock
Shenzhen's airport cancelled hundreds of flights and tightened entry controls on Saturday after a restaurant employee tested positive for the Delta coronavirus variant.

Anyone entering the facility must show a negative virus test from the last 48 hours, Shenzhen Airport Group said in a statement on its official WeChat social media account.

City health officials said a 21-year-old waitress at Shenzhen Baoan International Airport had been infected with the Delta variant of the virus.

The woman tested positive during a routine test for airport staff conducted on Thursday, they said.

Shenzhen is home to some of Asia's biggest tech companies including telecoms equipment maker Huawei and gaming giant Tencent.

The mainland on Friday reported 30 new coronavirus cases, including six local transmissions in Guangdong.

The airport entry restrictions came into effect from 1 pm.

Nearly 400 flights to and from the airport were cancelled on Friday, data from flight tracker VariFlight showed. Dozens of flights scheduled for Saturday morning were also dropped.

Passengers would receive refunds 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 at the city's port earlier this month. (AFP)