(Beijing) Chinese health officials said Friday they were well on their way to contain the worst COVID-19 resurgence in China in seven months.
Posted on Aug 13, 2021 at 9:45 am
A variety of highly contagious Delta variant outbreaks have occurred in 48 cities in 18 provinces across China, infecting more than 1,282 people in total, officials said.
However, there have been no new infections in many hot spots in the past few days due to strict control measures, they added.
“Of these 48 cities, 36 have not reported any new contamination in the past five days,” He Qinghua, head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters.
“In these circumstances, the risk of a nationwide epidemic is generally manageable and the risk of a large-scale epidemic at the national level is relatively low,” he continued.
State media have described the recent resumption of the pandemic – which has resulted in local bans, mass tests and travel restrictions – as more serious since the virus emerged in Wuhan, a city in central China, in late 2019.
More than half of China’s population, or 777 million people, has been fully vaccinated to date, with more than 1.83 billion doses given, a spokesman for the National Health Commission said Friday.
In response to the recent rebound in the number of new coronavirus cases, China has also stepped up controls to prevent the virus from spreading on international air routes and freight traffic.
“According to the results of genetic sequencing, the sources of contamination are all overseas,” said He Qinghua.
Part of one of the world’s major cargo ports, Ningbo-Zhoushan, 250 km south of Shanghai, was temporarily closed on Wednesday after a worker declared positive for COVID-19.
This resurgence of the epidemic in China came in mid-July in Nanjing in the east, where nine airport cleaners tested positive.
Dozens of local officials have since been sanctioned for mishandling the situation.
China recorded an additional 99 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, including 47 due to local transmissions, up from 108, the seven-month record set on Tuesday.
Several cases reported in the past few days have been linked to a COVID-19 testing site and mahjong arcades in Yangzhou, an Eastern European city of 4.6 million people.