More than 100 people were released from quarantine in Chengdu on Saturday, reports CCTV.
The individuals, 123 in total, were quarantined after coming into contact with "the man surnamed Bao," who carried the mainland's first confirmed case of swine flu.
While the released individuals will remain in close contact with medical staff, according to the Chengdu Municipal Health Administration, Bao's father, girlfriend, and a taxi driver remain in isolation. They are expected to be released on Sunday.
The four-star hotel, Brilliance Garden Hotel (博瑞花园酒店) is located 30 kilometers south of downtown Chengdu, in the Longquan district. Health-department officials are requiring that it be twice disinfected once all quarantine patients have left.
In the meantime, the municipal government has put into place tight hygiene practices and emergency plans. The windows of taxi cabs and buses, for instance, must be open to allow airflow, and the vehicles must be cleaned twice daily.
Driver for a local car-rental company Liu Tao says he is now required scrub his vehicle at the end of each day, according to CCTV. "I disinfect my tires and scrub all the parts our passengers touch. In addition, I often wash my hands. I think I will keep these clean habits even after the crisis," he is quoted as saying.
This comes amidst news of the mainland's third confirmed case of swine flu, this time in Beijing. The patient, surnamed Liu, is an 18-year-old university student in New York and a native Beijinger. She is currently in stable condition. The Beijing Municipal Health Bureau has located the individuals who had been in contact with her and put them under observation.
The mainland's second confirmed case is a 19-year-old student surnamed Lu, who is currently undergoing medical treatment in Ji'nan.