(Beijing) China on Saturday tried to contain what appeared to be the worst wave of COVID-19 contamination in several months, with authorities blaming the increase in cases for the Delta variant, which is now present in 14 provinces.
Posted on Jul 31, 2021 at 7:15 am
In total, the country recorded 328 new cases of infection in July, almost as many as in the period from February to June, which particularly affected cities such as Nanjing (East), not far from Shanghai, or the tourist city of Zhangjiajie. in Hunan Province (south)
“The main strain currently circulating is the Delta variant, which presents an even more difficult challenge in terms of prevention and control,” the National Health Commission (NHC) spokesman said in a hurry.
When nine employees who were responsible for cleaning the cabin of a Russian aircraft appeared at Nanjing Airport earlier this month, the variant quickly spread to other parts of the country.
This speed is related not only to the high contagiousness of the variant, but also to the height of the tourist season in the country with intensive use of air traffic by the Chinese, NHC official He Qinghua told reporters.
Nanjing authorities ordered not to open all tourist attractions and cultural facilities on Saturday due to increased national broadcasts.
Hundreds of thousands of people are now incarcerated in Jiangsu Province, the capital of which is Nanjing, while the city has subjected its 9.2 million residents to two screenings.
The tourist town of Zhangjiajie in Hunan Province, where a handful of coronavirus-positive people attended a theater performance, banned its 1.5 million residents and closed all tourist attractions on Friday, according to an official statement.
In the Changping District, a suburb of Beijing, where two patients were discovered, 41,000 people were arrested Thursday. These are the first local cases recorded in Beijing, which has a population of more than 20 million, in six months.
In Zhengzhou, Henan Province, which was recently hit by fatal floods, the discovery of a first asymptomatic case on Saturday led to the launch of an extensive testing campaign for the city’s 10 million residents.
While the coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan (center) at the end of 2019, China has since largely controlled the epidemic thanks to containment, mobile applications for tracking movements or even mandatory quarantines upon arrival on the premises.
Life has been near normal since spring 2020, and the country has only reported two deaths from COVID-19 since April last year.