China’s National Health Commission (NHC) on September 14 announced 59 new infections after 24 hours, up from 22 cases a day earlier. All are community infections in Fujian – Southeast China.
Within four days, Fujian recorded a total of 102 infections in the community. China’s most recent outbreak, which mainly affected Jiangsu province, ended about two weeks ago.
Fujian’s current outbreak originated in Putian City, with the first case announced on September 10. Rapid test results in some cases showed that they had the Delta variant.
Follow Reuters, the virus has now spread to Xiamen City, where 32 more community infections were recorded on September 13, up from 1 case the day before.
Medical staff take samples to test for Covid-19 in Fujian province – China. Photo: The Guardian
Similar to Putian, Xiamen has locked down a few high-risk areas, stopped face-to-face classes in kindergartens, primary schools and high schools, closed some public places such as cinemas, gyms, etc. gyms and bars, and asked people not to leave the city unless absolutely necessary.
However, both cities have so far not announced a strict citywide blockade order like in early 2020. The neighboring Quanzhou city on September 14 also announced 3 more cases of infection in the community, compared to 6 shifts of the previous day. Currently, efforts to vaccinate teenagers across Fujian are accelerating.
China recorded a total of 92 new infections, including imported cases, on September 13, up from 49 the day before. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has so far announced 95,199 infections and 4,636 deaths.
China maintains a strategy of “radically eliminating Covid-19”, determined not to live with the virus. Photo: Reuters