Patient Bao receives his health certificate from hospital workers. Photo credit: Xinhua.
Swine-flu patient Bao—the mainland's first confirmed case—was released on Sunday at 4 p.m. from his week-long stay in Chengdu's Infectious Disease Hospital. Doctors in Ji'nan, Shandong province, are expecting to discharge the mainland's second confirmed case, patient Lu, after three days if he continues to show no symptoms, reports the China Daily.
However, Shandong health officials are still urgently seeking 10 people who came into contact with Lu during the train ride he took from Beijing to Ji'nan. Having declared a "health emergency," the local government is offering cash rewards to anybody who can provide information leading to the location of these people. Thirty-six others who were on board that train have been located and are under observation while an additional hundred or so from the transpacific flight Lu took were also put under observation, including two unhappy Canadian tourists who have since been released.
In the meantime, Hong Kong reports its third confirmed case of swine flu, a 23-year-old mainland university student who arrived aboard a flight from New York. China's total number of confirmed cases is now at six, with the mainland's third case confirmed late Saturday.
Blogger Zhong Shuang recorded her experiences being quarantined in Beijing. Photo credit: Zhong Shuang.
Finally, Zhong Shuang made the most of her time while quarantined in Beijing by juggling and blogging. Her blog, featuring her competent photography and detailed reports of daily life in isolation, is receiving a reported 1 million-plus hits per day. Zhong was discharged from the hospital on Saturday.