China closes schools and events spread the Delta virus

Media reports stated that the country shut down schools and cancelled events due to the reemergence of Covid-19’s Delta variant in China’s Fujian Province. It also imposed travel restrictions in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.

According to the Xinhua news agency, 120 confirmed Covid-19 cases were reported from Fujian Province and 19 local asymptomatic carriers had been identified as of Tuesday 6 p.m.

The confirmed cases were found in Quanzhou, Putian and Xiamen. A new asymptomatic carrier was also detected in Putian.

All infected people have been taken to hospital for treatment. Local authorities have been trying to locate close relatives since Friday’s resurgence. They are currently all in quarantine.

The report stated that two areas of the province were designated as high-risk Covid-19 areas as of Monday and four others as medium-risk.

Authorities in Fujian have also directed mass Covid-19 testing to be conducted within one week for teachers and students. After identifying coronavirus victims, the city of Xiamen closed two districts and a school.

In the most recent outbreak, Covid-19 victims were first identified in a group of pupils from a primary school in Putian.

Al Jazeera reported that the latest outbreak is believed to have originated from the parent of a Putian primary school child, Putou Primary School. He had returned from Singapore.

After returning from Singapore in August, he had completed quarantine and multiple coronavirus testing before he was able to test positive for Covid symptoms.

The report stated that Putian, a Fujian city of 3.2million, ordered all residents to be tested because the disease has now spread to more than 100 people.

The country’s largest trade fair, China Import and Export Fair (also known as Canton Fair), has been shortened from 12 days down to five days. Chu Shijia, director at the China Foreign Trade Centre, stated this in a press conference, according to the South China Morning Post.

According to airport statements, several airports in Guangdong, including Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Guangzhou, now require passengers from Fujian to undergo compulsory tests upon landing, regardless of whether or not they have had negative coronavirus testing within the past 48 hours.

According to CCTV, the National Health Commission team that was sent to Fujian stated that it was probable that more cases would be found in the Putian area, where the current outbreak is concentrated. There is also a risk of spreading the virus further.