Covid-19 cases in Southeast China more then double as Delta spreads

Residents register to take nucleic acid tests at a test site in Quanzhou, next new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Fujian Province, China September 13, 2021. China Daily via REUTERS EDITORS ATTENTION – THIS IMAGE IS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. CHINA OFF.

  • 59 new local cases reported in Fujian Province
  • Preliminary Tests show Delta variant in some early cases
  • Outbreak spread south from Putian to Xiamen
  • Travel restrictions imposed to limit spread

BEIJING, Sept 14 (Reuters) – New local COVID-19 infections more then doubled in The Southeastern Province of China of Fujian, health authorities said: on Tuesday, prompting officials to roll fast out measures, including travel restrictions to stop the spread of the virus.

The National Health Commission said 59 new locally transmitted cases were reported for 13 Sept. up of 22 infections a day earlier. All of they were in Fujian, a province die is bordered by Zhejiang on the north and Guangdong to the south.

In just four days, one total of 102 community infections have been reported in three cities in Fujian, including Xiamen, a tourism and transportation hub with An population of 5 million.

The infections are moving forward of the National holiday die lasts a week holiday starting on October 1 is an important tourist season. The last domestic outbreak in travel disrupted in late July to August, affecting the tourism, hospitality and transport sectors.

Fujian outbreak began in Putian, a city of 3.2 million, with the first case reported on 10 Sept. Preliminary Tests on monsters of some Putian cases showed that patients had contracted the highly transmissible Delta variant.

The virus has since spread south to Xiamen, which is 32 new cases of community transfer for Sept 13 compared with just one infection the day before.

“The Putian government is a big client of ours,” said a staff of a Xiamen building research agency, declining be called.

“As regards half of our company went to Putian last week. They are now isolated on home, while the rest have started doing their Covid tests.”

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LOCKDOWN

Like Putian, Xiamen is locked down down some places of higher virus risk, offline classes in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools deleted, closed public locations such as movie theaters, gyms and bars, and told residents to city for non-essential reasons.

The first patient in the Xiamen cluster was a close contact of a case in Putian, Xiamen authorities said late: on Monday.

Known for it’s mild weather and a laid-back lifestyle, Xiamen is a popular tourist destination in own country.

Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport is: also An key transportation hub connecting the Yangtze and Pearl River Delta met connects each other. about 60% of flights to and from Xiamen have been cancelled on Airline data provider Variflight reports this on Tuesday.

Both Putian and Xiamen started city-wide testing for the coronavirus on Tuesday. However, the cities have yet to announce that it is difficult city-wide lockdowns as seen in begin 2020 in China.

Three new cases of community transmission were also reported in in near Quanzhou city, versus six infections a day earlier. Variflight data showed 70% of The flights from Quanzhou were cancelled.

a neighbourhood in Quanzhou, where many of the business work in of have visited Putian, bus services have been discontinued, shut some public locations, suspended dining in restaurants, and required residents to avoid unnecessary travel out of the district.

“One wave after another,” said a bank manager in Xiamen. “It feels like the new normal now.”

Reporting by Ryan Woo, Roxanne Liu, Kevin Huang, Stella Qiu, Yan Shen and Liangping Gao; Editing by Stephen Coates and Michael Perry

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