(Beijing) China has been trying to contain its worst Kovid-19 pollution for several months, with officials blaming an increase in delta variant cases on Saturday, now in 14 provinces.
In total, there were 328 new cases of infection in the country in July, almost from February to June, affecting specific cities far away from Nanjing (east), Shanghai or the tourist town of Ngjiajie. In Hunan Province (South)
A spokesman for the National Health Commission (NHC) explained, “The Delta variant is now a major breeding ground, representing a more critical challenge in terms of prevention and control.”
Appeared at Nanjing Airport earlier this month, with nine employees responsible for cleaning the cabin of an aircraft from Russia, the variant quickly spread to other parts of the country.
This speed is connected not only to the high epidemic of the variant, but also to the peak of the tourist season in the country, with the intense use of Chinese air transport, NHC official He Qinghua told reporters.
Nanjing officials have ordered all tourist attractions and cultural venues not to open on Saturday due to increased national broadcasts.
Millions of people are now detained in Jiangsu Province, the capital of Nanjing, but the city has subjected its 9.2 million population to two screenings.
Ngangjiajie, a tourist town in Hunan Province, where some coronavirus positive people attended the theater show, limited its 1.5 million inhabitants and closed all tourist attractions on Friday.
In the Beijing suburb, in the Chongqing district where two patients were found, 41,000 people were detained on Thursday. These are the first local cases registered in Beijing, which has a population of over 20 million for six months.
The recent deadly floods in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, and the discovery of the first aseptomatic case on Saturday launched an extensive testing campaign for the city’s 10 million people.
If the coronavirus is first detected in Wuhan (center) in late 2019, China has since controlled the epidemic thanks to containments, mobile applications for tracking movements, or confinement.
Life has returned to normal since the spring of 2020 and since April last year the country has reported only two deaths from COVID-19.