China recorded the highest number of cases in a day on September 16 with 61 new cases of symptoms, including 1 case was recorded in a city that was not previously affected by the disease, located in the southeastern province of Phuc. Ants, as the authorities are stepping up control measures ahead of two major holidays.
Accordingly, 31 symptomatic cases were recorded in Xiamen, 28 in Putian and 1 in Quanzhou, authorities said on September 17. The city of Quanzhou, located near Xiamen, has recorded the first case of an outbreak caused by the Delta variant after a cluster of cases was detected in Putian a week ago.
The recent number of Covid-19 cases brings the total number of cases in the outbreak in Fujian province to 270 people, including 9 pre-symptomatic cases. No deaths have been recorded so far.
Local authorities are restricting people’s movements ahead of the three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday that begins September 19 and is a time for family reunions and travel. This is followed by a week-long National Day holiday starting from October 1.
People have been banned from leaving the Dong’an area of Xiamen, where a recent cluster of Covid-19 cases has been recorded. Authorities in Quanzhou city of Quanzhou also applied similar measures on September 16 when people were not allowed to leave the area without permission from the government while travel control measures were taken. also applied in the region, local media said.
At a meeting of China’s National Health Commission on September 16, authorities emphasized that people should limit non-essential going out during the holiday and noted that epidemic prevention policies in localities should be done accordingly.
Gatherings of more than 10 people in public places are discouraged, while tours to medium- and high-risk areas have been cancelled.
About 30,000 people are believed to have left Putian, where Covid-19 cases were detected, from August 26 to September 10. Authorities are working on contact tracing and testing, said Lei Zhenglong, a senior official with the National Health Commission.
In Yunnan, local media recorded a positive case for SARS-CoV-2 on September 15, a Fujian national, but said that this patient had been in Ruili city, Yunnan for a long time and did not recently returned to Fujian. The new case confirmed on September 16 is a close contact case, but the source of infection for both cases in Yunnan is still unknown.