More exam measures

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 June, 2009, 12:00am

Mainland education authorities will take emergency measures to cope with the annual national college entrance examination on Sunday in the light of the swine flu outbreak.

In areas where cases have been reported, students and staff will have their temperatures checked and rooms will be sterilised twice during the day, according to the Ministry of Education. A quarantine exam room will be prepared and materials touched by quarantined students will be sterilised.

The number of people on the mainland infected with the virus rose to 47 yesterday as eight more cases were reported in Fujian, Beijing, Henan, Hubei and Shanghai. The two patients in Fuzhou, Fujian, were a Chinese woman, 28, who flew from New York to Beijing on Air China flight 982 and developed flu symptoms on Sunday, and an 11-year-old American girl, the elder sister of the province's sixth confirmed case, who had flown from New York to Fuzhou via Hong Kong. Both were in stable condition, Xinhua reported. Beijing reported two new imported cases late last night.

A three-year-old American girl who flew to Zhengzhou , Henan, from Las Vegas on Friday developed a fever on Saturday night. She went to Luohe No1 People's Hospital, where she developed a fever of 39 degrees Celsius.

In Hubei, the latest confirmed case is a 20-year-old Wuhan man who studies in Canada.

Shanghai's sixth and seventh cases were a 60-year-old woman who flew on China Eastern flight 588 from New York to Shanghai, and an 18-year-old girl from Anhui studying in the US who arrived aboard United Airlines flight 835 from New York and Chicago. Both arrived on Friday and are being treated at Ruijin Hospital.