China is in a panic: the Chinese government has identified three high-risk zones, including a “new wave of Delta” instances.
CHINA is dealing with a fresh wave of coronavirus, with the Delta type imposing new lockdown restrictions on tens of thousands of people.
This new wave of the highly transmissible Delta variety is rapidly spreading across Fujian Province’s historic Nanjing, Chongqing, and Hunan Province’s Zhangjiajie. According to Chinese official media, more than 200 instances of the virus have been connected to an initial cluster at an international airport. Cases have also been reported in the provinces of Sichuan and Liaoning.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been placed under lockdown in Nanjing, Jiangsu province.
“The main strain circulating at the moment is the Delta variation, which provides an even larger challenge to virus prevention and control work,” said Mi Feng, a spokesman for China’s National Health Commission.
China has three high-risk zones and 70 medium-risk areas among its seven provinces as of Saturday afternoon.
The announcement comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) has encouraged countries to contain the mutation before it mutates into a more lethal variant.
According to the WHO, the Delta variation has contributed to an 80 percent spike in infections globally during the last four weeks.
The Delta variant’s strong transmissibility has forced China’s previously impregnable coronavirus lockdown limits to be tightened.
The Global Times, a pillar of China’s Communist Party, has recognized that the country is facing a “new wave of the Delta variant strain epidemic,” which is currently centered in Jiangsu Province, but cautions that the strain “may continue to spread to more regions in the immediate term.”
According to the Global Times, the strain has also spread to Zhangjiajie in Hunan Province, Central China.
China has “powerful comprehensive control measures in the two cities” to curb the spread of the variation, according to the state-controlled newspaper.
Travelers in Zhangjiajie and Nanjing have been advised to postpone “cancel intra-provincial trips.”
This province, which has lately been hit by severe flooding, has “become another critical point of the COVID-19 pandemic’s comeback,” according to the Global Times.
According to He Qinghua, a senior official of the National Health Commission, “the Nanjing outbreak has spread to other locations within and outside Jiangsu Province due to the aforementioned three features.”
“There is a possibility that it will spread to other areas.”
The official did add, though, “Brinkwire Summary News.”