Wuhan: Chinese city to test literally the entire population after virus resurfaces
Wuhan has reported seven locally transmitted cases, the first in more than a year.
The 11-million-person city was thrust into the spotlight after the coronavirus was discovered there for the first time in 2019.
China is currently experiencing one of its most severe outbreaks in months, with 300 cases detected in just ten days.
The government has implemented mass testing and lockdown restrictions in 15 provinces across the country as a result of the outbreak.
Authorities have blamed the virus’s spread on the highly contagious Delta variant and the domestic tourism season.
On Tuesday, China reported 90 new virus cases, according to the announcement in Wuhan.
According to the National Health Commission, 61 of these cases were locally transmitted, up from 55 the day before.
China had been largely successful in keeping the virus contained within its borders.
This new outbreak, which was discovered among workers at a busy airport in Nanjing, has raised concerns.
The 9.2 million residents of Nanjing have been tested three times, and hundreds of thousands of people have been placed under lockdown.
Over the weekend, however, the spotlight shifted to popular tourist destination Zhangjiajie in Hunan province, where many of the most recent cases have emerged. Travelers from Nanjing were thought to have recently visited the city.
Health officials have zeroed in on a theatre in Zhangjiajie and are now attempting to locate approximately 5,000 people who attended performances and then returned to their home cities.
The new outbreak has also reached Beijing, with the city reporting several locally transmitted infections.
“Zhangjiajie has now become the new ground zero for the spread of China’s epidemic,” said Zhong Nanshan, China’s leading respiratory disease expert.
The new outbreak has also reached Beijing, which has reported several locally transmitted infections.