BREAKING! China COVID-19 News: SARS-CoV-2 Cluster Spreading At Rapid Rates Across Five Chinese Regions
CHINA COVID-19 News
: A COVID-19 cluster in a port city of Dalian in northeast China has spread to other provinces and prompted fresh restrictions, health authorities said Tuesday, as Beijing scrambles to prevent a second wave of infections.
Although China had largely brought the virus under control since it first emerged in the country late last year, through a series of strict lockdowns and travel restrictions, the new clusters are threatening all that.
In recent months a number of small outbreaks have given cause for concern, with China reporting 68 new infections on today, the highest daily number since April.
57 of the new cases were in the northwest region of Xinjiang, where an outbreak has seen millions of residents tested and strict lockdowns in the regional capital Urumqi.
Another six more cases were also reported in the industrial port city of Dalian, Liaoning province, where a new outbreak first emerged at a seafood processing plant last week. This brings the total number of new infections in Dalian to 44.
Government authorities said the Dalian cluster had now spread to nine cities in five regions across the country, including as far away as the southeast coastal province of Fujian.
The provincial capital Fuzhou, Fujian said that it would enter "wartime mode" after it discovered an asymptomatic patient who had travelled from Dalian, 1,500 kilometres (900 miles) away.
New measures mean increased scrutiny of travellers who enter the city from nationwide virus hotspots.
Another new Beijing case reported on Tuesday was also linked to an asymptomatic patient who had travelled from Dalian, the first new local case since a cluster in the capital was brought under control in early July.
The capital of China: Beijing began mass testing residents in a suburban housing estate where the patient lives.
Another Twelve new asymptomatic cases were also recorded in Dalian on Tuesday. China counts asymptomatic cases separately.
Still the Chinese Super League is currently being played in the city, under strict conditions.
Health officials in Dalian said Sunday that they would mass-test all six million residents within four days, and announced on Monday that samples had already been taken from 1.68 million people.
Authorities in Dalian have also banned group celebratory dining activities and ordered customers to display a local "health code" on their phones when entering restaurants.
In another development, health authorities in Shenzhen announced that more than 3,000 locals had been tested as of Tuesday morning, after a Hong Kong truck driver who recently tested positive passed through the city close to the semi-autonomous financial hub.
Although Hong Kong initially had remarkable success in controlling the outbreak, local infections have now soared over the last month.
A total 391 people are still hospitalized with COVID-19 in Hong Kong and there have been 83,959 infections in total.
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