September 17, 2021

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In China, concern about delta variant, which continues to spread

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The delta variant of the coronavirus continues to spread in China, with a record of 108 infections by local transmission reported today, which the authorities seek to appease with partial confinements, travel restrictions and mass tests in different parts of the country.

These 108 positives represent a slight rebound compared to 94 on Monday, 75 on Saturday and 81 on Sunday, according to data provided by the country’s National Health Commission.

Of the local cases reported today, 50 were detected in the eastern province of Jiangsu, the main source of the outbreak, attributed to the cleaning without adequate protection of an Air China plane from Russia in which a infected person was traveling.

However, the country’s central provinces are now the hardest hit, with 37 new cases in Henan, 15 in Hubei and 16 in Hunan.

At the moment, the outbreaks have not killed, but there are 54 serious cases – six more than the day before – among the 1,702 infected still active throughout the country.

There is also concern about the situation in the city of Yangzhou, in Jiangsu, which accumulates 26 serious cases and 6 critical cases, mostly elderly patients who were infected in the frequently crowded halls of the popular Chinese board game of ‘mahjong’. local press.

Consequently, the provincial authorities have sent more than 4,000 health workers to that town, which accumulates about 350 cases in the last three weeks, to treat the sick and help in the tasks to contain the virus.

The Chinese authorities responded to the outbreaks with multiple rounds of massive tests and partial confinements in the areas considered at risk, causing the number of patients under observation to go from 8,577 registered on July 22 to 49,980 registered in the last part. from today.

Of the 15 cases reported today in Hubei, four were found in Wuhan, a city that last week diagnosed its first cases of local transmission after more than a year without presenting infections.

The neighboring town of Jingmen today registered 22 cases between local and asymptomatic infections -which do not enter the official count of confirmed cases-, with the consequent confinement of more than 2,000 residents and the suspension of public transport in some areas.

Meanwhile, Beijing accumulates three days without infections after confirming eight local cases last week, which does not prevent the restrictions to travel to the Chinese capital from areas where infections have been detected from continuing to be active.

Likewise, the Beijing authorities recommend its residents not to leave the city if it is not strictly necessary and that they follow the prevention measures strictly, among which is to show a green code in the health applications of the mobile phone to be able to enter spaces public or use taxis.

According to Chinese experts, the outbreaks will be controlled around August 23 if current preventive measures against COVID are maintained.

 

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