Two asymptomatic COVID-19 cases were reported by the Dongguan Disease Control and Prevention Center on April 7, making the number of asymptomatic cases in Dongguan eight.
A 40-year-old man from Uganda was diagnosed on April 5 and 40-year-old woman from Hubei was diagnosed on April 6. The individuals were submitted to observation at the No.9 People’s Hospital for 14 days and will not be dismissed until their nucleic acid test results are negative for COVID-19.
The woman arrived in Dongguan from Jingmen City, Hubei on April 3. She visited Dongguan City Binhaiwan Central Hospital due to her gout on April 6. The medical staff took her throat swab and did a nucleic acid test which was COVID-19 positive. She was transferred to the No.9 People’s Hospital and diagnosed as an asymptomatic case on the following day. She was in close contact with 13 people in Dongguan and one in Guangzhou. All were put into medical observation.
The man lives in Machong and works in trading. He was requested by the Machong town government to have a nucleic acid test as part of foreigner testing for COVID-19 on April 5. The results came out positive on April 7. He was transferred to the No.9 Peoples Hospital and diagnosed as an asymptomatic case.
Asymptomatic COVID-19 cases are not defined as confirmed cases according to the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council. Though the individuals test positive and can be contagious, their pulmonary CT scans show no sign of infection or other reported symptoms such as sore throat, cough, fever or loss of smell and taste. Once symptoms start to show they are considered confirmed cases.
The Dongguan Disease Control and Prevention Center is working with community administrations on a small scale to arrange COVID-19 nucleic tests for people who arrived from overseas. From March 21, all nationals arriving in Dongguan from abroad were quarantined, thus, they will stay undisturbed from this action.
Giliam Winckler, an expat from South Africa who entered Dongguan in December 2019, was requested to have a nucleic test.
Medical personnel took a throat and nasal swab at his home, as well as recorded the last entry date on his passport. They tried to get him to pay for the swab and go to the hospital for the test, but he knew his colleagues were tested for free in their homes, so he refused.
“I pointed this out to the guys who came to see me at first, and one of them called his boss to check on procedure. Meaning he didn’t know what to do really,” Winckler said.
He was understanding about the experience and said the personnel were just doing their job. He said they were friendly and looked scarier than they actually were.
“Regardless of how it all went down, for the most part it was done well and as professional as they could under whatever circumstances they were called to administer these tests,” he said.
There is no official announcement on who should bear the costs of nucleic testing. Individuals who undergo a nucleic test are asked by the local government to remain calm and cooperate.