Maratones de Beijing y Wuhan pospuestos mientras China lucha contra el brote del Delta

A Covid outbreak in northern porcelana is expected to get worse, las autoridades han advertido, después de que se detectaran casos en 11 provincias y se pospusieron dos maratones.

Authorities recorded more than two dozen new community cases of coronavirus on Sunday, including four in the capital, Beijing, seven in Inner Mongolia, six in Gansu, six in Ningxia, and one each in Hebei, Hunan and Shaanxi.

As the rest of the world opens up and resumes travel, China is maintaining a zero-Covid strategy, particularly in the lead-up to the Winter Olympic Games.

It has responded to other Delta outbreaks with localised lockdowns, mass testing and transport shutdowns. Authorities respond swiftly with strict measures to any outbreaks and local officials can face punishment for any inadequate responses.

On Sunday organisers of the Beijing marathon, scheduled for 31 octubre, announced its postponement, citing the safety of runners, staff and residents. It followed the postponement of the Wuhan marathon, which was scheduled for Sunday.

Acerca de 30,000 people were expected to participate in the 40th Beijing marathon, which has run since 1981. Approximately 26,000 had been expected to compete in Wuhan.

Más que 130 cases have been linked to the outbreak of the Delta variant since 17 octubre, a spokesperson for the national health commission, Mi Feng, dijo el domingo.

Most were linked to domestic tour groups, los funcionarios de salud dijeron, but non-tourism cases were rising. Mi urged affected areas to adopt “emergency” measures, warning there was an increasing risk that the outbreak might spread owing to “seasonal factors”.

Tour operators have been banned from organising cross-region travel into affected areas, while Beijing has prohibited the entry of people with a travel history to affected areas.

Bus and taxi services have been suspended in some provinces, while an Inner Mongolia county, Ejina, has asked all residents to remain indoors, Bloomberg reported. State media said thousands of tourists were stranded in Ejina, including elderly members of tour groups.

Acerca de 75% of the population has received two doses of China’s domestically produced vaccines, and authorities have begun administering booster shots to people who were vaccinated at least six months ago.

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