Finnish businessman tells of China Covid quarantine experience

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Finnish businessman tells of China Covid quarantine experience
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A Finnish businessman, Pekka Laiho, has been telling the world about his experience of being taken into coronavirus quarantine in China. 

Last Friday, Laiho was getting ready to return to his home in Northern China following a successful month-long business trip in the US and Finland. After touching down in Shanghai he was aware that he would first have to endure an eight-day hotel quarantine before being able to return home to his child and pregnant wife. 

However, when Laiho was given a Covid test at the airport, to his shock – it came back positive. He was then transported to a quarantine centre. Laiho has spoken to Finnish newspaper HS about his situation. He reports that the centre is clean but is in reality just an adapted army barracks, with quarantined people given only a bed and a blanket, but no pillow. He adds that the ceiling lamps above the bed cannot be turned off even at night. 

In the interview, the businessman also explains the general testing regime in the centre, saying that he will have a test in six days time, and then one every day after, to determine if he can leave. However, he points out that some people he has met have already been in quarantine for ten days. Even once he leaves quarantine, Lahio will still be required to spend eight further days in a standard quarantine hotel in Shanghai before being able to travel to see his family.


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