In the face of rising cases, the country updated guidelines on March 15 to allow patients with mild symptoms to be sent to centralized quarantine facilities instead of hospitals. Chen Erzhen, head of Shanghai’s central quarantine treatment team, told state-run media People’s Daily on Friday that COVID patients admitted to centralized quarantine facilities can be discharged after testing negative twice in a row. The process usually takes seven to ten days for asymptomatic patients, according to Chen. The city has reported over 51,000 infections since March 1, including 35,949 asymptomatic cases in the last seven days.
On Sunday, the first batch of over 200 patients were set to be discharged from the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center, domestic media reported.