This new wave of the highly transmissible Delta variant is spreading rapidly through the historic city of Nanjing in Fujian Province, the megalopolis of Chongqing and Zhangjiajie in Hunan Province. More than 200 cases of the virus have been linked to an original cluster at an international airport, according to Chinese state media. Cases have also been reported in Sichuan and Liaoning provinces.
Mi Feng, spokesperson for China’s National Health Commission, said, “The main strain currently circulating is the Delta variant, which poses an even greater challenge to virus prevention and control work. “
As of Saturday afternoon, China had three high-risk areas and 70 medium-risk areas in the seven provinces.
The news comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries to contain the mutation before it turns into a more deadly strain again.
The high transmissibility of the Delta variant has forced the previously nearly impregnable China to increase its coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Even loyal to the Chinese Communist Party, the Global Times admitted that the country is experiencing a “new wave of the Delta variant strain epidemic” which is currently concentrated in Jiangsu province, but warns that the strain “may continue to spread. in more regions in the short term ”.
The Global Times also indicates that there is also an epidemic of the strain in Zhangjiajie in Hunan province (central China).
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Although the official added, “At this time, our epidemic prevention measures are still effective. “
Referring to the spread of the Delta variant in July, the Global Times said that “China reported a cumulative total of 328 locally transmitted cases in July alone.”