Chinese city Harbin locked down after NYU student allegedly sparks outbreak

A northern Chinese city went into lockdown after local officials claim a New York University student brought the coronavirus when she returned home from the US, according to reports.

Harbin, which has a population of 10 million, restricted travel Wednesday after the 22-year-old graduate student was accused of sparking a local outbreak that ultimately infected at least 70 people. The student returned from New York to her hometown on March 19.

She went through a 14-day quarantine during which she showed no symptoms and tested negative for the virus. She was also cleared by an antibody test, which would have shown past infection. But health officials believe she was a “silent carrier,” spreading the virus to her neighbor by contaminating the building. She later was found to have antibodies of the virus in two separate tests.

Meanwhile, her neighbor was believed to have spread the virus to an 87-year-old man, who held a gathering where others became sick...

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