The man arrived in Xiamen, an important coastal hub in fujian, on August 4, where he underwent 14 days of mandatory hotel quarantine. He spent another 7 days in centralized quarantine at a designated location in Xianyou, before returning home for another week of health monitoring, according to the Putian government.
He had tested negative for the virus nine times for 21 days of quarantine, before positive test on Friday — 37 days after arrival in China, according to the state media.
China’s Border Restrictions and Mandatory Quarantine requirements for overseas arrivals are among the strictest in the world. Ever since containing the first outbreak in Wuhan, the Chinese government blamed every local flare on shipping from abroad – either via travelers of imported goods.
Chinese authorities have not disclosed when, where of how the man has contracted the virus, but an incubation period of more than 21 days is highly unusual.
Some have wondered on social media if the man chose up the virus after he returned to Xianyou.
if of By Sunday afternoon, Putian had reported 32 confirmed cases and 32 asymptomatic infections, according to the Putian government. China keeps separate count of symptomatic and asymptomatic cases and does not include asymptomatic carriers of the virus in the official adding up of confirmed cases.
Business came on the heels of another Delta-induced outbreak, die expanded to more then half of Chinese provinces and infected over 1200 people after emergence in end of July in the eastern province of Jiangsu. The rising cases were seen as the largest challenge anyway to China’s uncompromising zero tolerance policy on COVID-19.
Local authorities responded by posting dozens of millions of residents under strict lockdown, rolling out massive test- and tracking campaigns and limiting domestic travel. By the end of August, health officials announced that the outbreak had been “effectively brought under control”.
While the zero-Covid strategy turned out to have worked, experts say took longer for Chinese authorities to bring infection back until zero compared with previous flare-ups.
Yanzhong Huang, a senior colleague for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, said the strategy is facing An problem of diminishing returns from trading with the easily transferable Delta variant.
“It will be more and more difficult to die to maintain the approach in terms of time, organizational energy and financial and economic pain die needed to reset things to: zero’, he said. ‘It does not matter… how strict the travel restrictions are, you will still continue to import cases and cause outbreaks in the country.”
However, China has doubled down on its rigorous containment efforts, die hailed as proof by the ruling Communist Party of the supposed superiority of are authoritarian political system.
In Putian, authorities have ordered 2.9 million residents not to leave the city city unless absolutely necessary. That with legitimate reasons to leave must result in a negative coronavirus test taken within the past 48 hours. Cinemas, gyms, bars and libraries were shut, while kindergartens, primary and secondary schools were closed and ordered to teach classes online.
In Xi’anyou, public transport and taxi services were suspended, as well as buses and trains die left the province.
In China, such restrictive measures are remain widely popular among the public, partly because they are only applied to a small section of the country’s 1.4 billion population every time, with the majority of people enjoy the associated benefits with covid free life, in place of the discomfort of prolonged lockdowns.
“This is natural. If you are not the victims of the lockdown, you go support any measure die makes you safe. Even if you are subject to a lockdown, you would still find it acceptable because it is so rare,” said Huang, the global health dude.
But he warned that public support and tolerance could wear out off if the pandemic continues on.
“(The Chinese authorities) will continuously impose new lockdown measures. I think in the end the public support will be undermined,” he said.
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