The number of new community nCoV infections in China more than doubled with the outbreak in Fujian, prompting authorities to implement restrictive measures.
China’s National Health Commission today said that the country recorded 59 new nCoV infections in the community on September 13, more than double the number of 22 cases a day earlier. All are in the southeastern province of Fujian.
The new outbreak originated in Putian, a city of 3.2 million people in Fujian, with the first case reported on September 10. Preliminary test results on samples from some of the cases in Putian showed that they were infected with the highly contagious Delta variant.
The epidemic then spread south to Xiamen, a popular tourist and transportation hub with a population of 5 million. The city recorded one new case on September 12, but only a day later the number rose to 32. Within four days, a total of 102 community cases were reported in three cities in Fujian
Similar to Putian, the Xiamen government has sealed off some areas with a higher risk of infection, closed face-to-face classes at kindergartens, primary schools and high schools, and ordered the closure of activities in places. such as cinemas, gyms or bars, and urged residents not to leave the city for non-essential reasons.
Both Putian and Xiamen today started citywide nCoV testing. However, the authorities of the two places have not issued a blockade order on a large scale, a measure that was applied early last year in China.
The new outbreak in Fujian province comes just before China’s week-long national holiday, which begins on October 1, is also the peak tourist season. The most recent outbreak in late July has hit the tourism, hotel and transportation industries hard.
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