In the worst COVID-19 outbreak in China since the early days of the pandemic, authorities have blocked several cities and ordered residents to stay home until they can be tested or vaccinated, according to news reports.
After suppressing the initials coronavirus In the outbreak in Wuhan last year, China maintained strict border controls and maintained quarantine and physical distance measurements to crush them before new outbreaks spread. Associated Press reported.. But now the country is fighting an outbreak related to Nanjing’s international airport, located in the eastern part of Jiangsu Province.
On July 20, nine airport workers tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in 360 new domestic cases across China in the next two weeks. Reported by Agence France-Presse (AFP).. Upon discovering the airport worker case, the government immediately launched a test campaign to screen 9.2 million residents in Nanjing and launched a strict blockade in parts of the city. According to BBC News..
However, new cases of COVID-19 soon occurred in other states. Currently (August 4th), APs have reported that outbreaks have reached at least 17 states.After analyzing virus samples collected from infected individuals, authorities reported that the outbreak was caused by a highly contagious one. delta Mutant, Guardian reported..
According to AFP, Zhuzhou, located in central Hunan, was ordered to stay at home with 1.2 million residents starting Monday (August 2) and was able to organize a mass test and vaccination campaign. Similarly, Zhangjiajie, located in northwestern Hunan, blocked residential areas over the weekend, AP reported.
As of August 3, China reported that 1.71 billion vaccinations had been distributed to 1.4 billion residents, but according to AP, those who are currently fully vaccinated The exact number is unknown. Earlier reports have shown that at least 40% of the population has received two bullets. That said, Chinese companies do not share actual data on how vaccines tolerate delta mutants, AP said.
Cases of infection in the national capitals of Beijing, Sichuan, Liaoning, and Jiangsu can be traced back to Zhangjiajie through extensive contact tracing. According to Global TimesAnd this series of infections seems to have originated from the outbreak at Nanjing Lukou International Airport.
Health officials also tracked nine cases at the Meili Xiangxi Grand Theater in Zhangjiajie. The theater recently hosted a performance with thousands of participants. According to Global Times.. According to the Guardian, 2,000 people participated in one particular performance, and in total, the government is tracking more than 5,000 people who participated in various performances at the venue and their close relationships. Meanwhile, all attractions in the city have been closed. In addition, tourists must test negative for COVID-19 three times before leaving the city. Xinhua News Agency reported..
AFP reported that several cases of coronavirus were detected among Beijing residents who recently traveled to Zhangjiajie. The capital is currently banning all tourists from traveling to the city, requiring them to show a negative COVID-19 test before “essential travelers” enter, BBC News reported. .. In Changping District, northwestern Beijing, 41,000 residents were blocked last week.
Since the start of the pandemic, China has reported 4,636 deaths and 93,289 cases of COVID-19. Most of these occurred during the first outbreak in Wuhan last year, AP reported.
Originally published in Live Science.
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