China discovered a new Covid-19 outbreak

A new outbreak has been discovered in China’s Fujian province, prompting officials to speed up efforts to vaccinate teenagers.

China’s National Health Commission on September 11 reported 20 cases of Covid-19 in the community, all of which were recorded in Fujian province, in the southeast of the country.

The infections are mainly concentrated in Tien Du district, Putian city. Here on September 10, it was reported that 6 people from two families have tested positive for Covid-19, including three children, aged 10 to 12.

Medical staff take a sample to test for Covid-19 for a resident in Xiamen city, Fujian province, August 2.  Photo: Xinhua.

Medical staff take a sample to test for Covid-19 for a resident in Xiamen city, Fujian province, August 2. Photo: Xinhua.

Local authorities said some samples had been sent for genetic sequencing and initial results showed signs of the Delta variant, which originated in an adult patient who returned from Singapore on August 4. This person was isolated in Xiamen 14 after returning home and tested negative three times before returning to Putian.

Fujian province has deployed 456 medical staff to support nucleic acid testing in Putian. The city announced today to tighten epidemic control measures, including closing cinemas, bars, museums, and restricting movement.

The city also requires schools to strengthen epidemic prevention measures, and complete travel history investigations and nucleic acid tests for schools in high-risk areas, no later than September 17.

Local authorities have been asked to speed up the pace of the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 14 years and complete immunization of teachers and students between the ages of 12 and 17. Deadline deadline same day 9/15.

The Fujian Department of Education today issued a notice asking all schools to step up the prevention of Covid-19 and complete a new test within a week.

Vu Hoang (Follow SCMP)

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