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2 asymptomatic COVID-19 cases found in Beijing

Beijing Municipality reported two new asymptomatic COVID-19 cases from Wednesday to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of the municipal center for disease control and prevention, told a press briefing Thursday.

One of the cases is a 34-year-old man who lives in Shunyi District. He received a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 on Tuesday morning before flying to east China’s Ningbo city on a business trip on the same day. The result turned out to be positive on Wednesday. He was immediately isolated for observation at a designated medical institution in Ningbo.

The other case is a male restaurant cold-chain staffer who lives in Xicheng District. He tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday and was diagnosed as an asymptomatic carrier on Thursday. He is now receiving treatment at Beijing Ditan Hospital.

A total of 504 close contacts of the two have been traced and nucleic acid tests and disinfection of possibly contaminated areas are under way.

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