China had the highest number of cases of coronavirus in almost a month, closing public transport in one county and urging hundreds of thousands to be tested.
On Sunday, Chinese officials reported 22 new local infections caused by the delta mutation in southern Fujian. That number was the highest since August 14, when 24 cases were recorded.
The weekend outbreak overturned the declining trend of cases, which decreased by more than a month from August 9, when China reported 109 infections. The number of cases on Sunday is well below that of many other countries, but that number reflects what health professionals have long warned. It is probably almost impossible to completely eradicate the delta variant, and Beijing needs to rethink its zero-covid strategy.
The government said the outbreak began on September 10 at an elementary school in Xianyou County, Fujian Province. Initial analysis showed that the infection was imported by an adult returning from Singapore.
Fujian officials have ordered a group exam for all students and teachers to be completed within a week. Xiamen closed two districts and one hospital after identifying patients with the coronavirus. Buses and taxis are suspended in Senyu. More than 900,000 residents in the county have been summoned for inspection, and those who do not cooperate are threatened with criminal punishment.
Local governments said most of the infected were infants.
A team from the National Health Commission sent to Fujian said it would probably detect more cases, but according to state broadcaster CCTV, the outbreak could be controlled before the week’s founding anniversary. Added.
Beijing tends to be nervous about the approaching holidays that Chinese travel and gather, which can increase the risk of infection. The three-day Mid-Autumn Festival begins this month, and the National Foundation Day “Golden Week” begins in the first week of October.
Last month, China eradicated multiple delta outbreaks that hit half of the country through mass testing, contact tracing, and targeted blockades. However, health experts warn that this measure punishes economic and social costs and can exacerbate public malaise.