China moves to contain fresh Covid outbreak in south-east Fujian province

China is pushing to contain a coronavirus outbreak in the south-eastern Fujian province with measures including mass testing, suspended transport services and closures of bars and cinemas.

There were at least 85 cases recorded in Fujian province as of Monday. That figure includes symptomatic and asymptomatic cases, which Chinese authorities count separately.

The South China Morning Post said authorities had ordered mass testing for students in the province to be completed within a week.

Putian, a city of 2.9 million people south of Shanghai, appeared to have among the highest number of infections in the current outbreak. Schools there have been closed, and anyone leaving the city must have proof of a negative Covid test in the previous 48 ure.

Maandag, 15 cases were confirmed in Putian in the latest 24-hour period. Another six were found in Quanzhou city, and one more in Xiamen, suggesting the virus may be moving south from Putian.

The first cases in Putian were students from Xianyou county, but experts suspect the outbreak might have originated with the father of one student who returned from Singapore on 4 Augustus, according to the Global Times newspaper.

Residents of villages in Xianyou where infections were found were barred from leaving, the newspaper said.

Bus and train services to Putian were suspended on Saturday, Global Times said. Elsewhere in Putian, cinemas, card rooms, gyms, tourist sites and other facilities were ordered to closeRestaurants and supermarkets were told to “strictly control” customer numbers and to check for fevers.

The health commission said experts had been sent to the city to oversee disease-control work.

China has taken tough action to clamp down on recent outbreaks linked to the fast-spreading Delta variant. Verlede maand, authorities ordered all 11 million residents of Wuhan – where Covid-19 was first reported in late 2019 – to be tested for the virus, after new cases emerged in the city for the first time in more than a year.

China has reported 4,636 coronavirus deaths out of 95,199 confirmed cases.

With Associated Press

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