Hit by corona this Chinese city takes drastic decisions

A China city, Putian, located in southern China that is trying to contain a coronavirus outbreak told the public Sunday not to leave, suspended bus and train services and closed cinemas, bars and other facilities.

Anyone who needs to leave Putian, a city of 2.9 million people in Fujian province south of Shanghai, for an essential trip must have proof of a negative coronavirus test within the past 48 hours, the city government announced.

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How this Chinese city came under corona spell

China declared the virus under control in early 2020 but has suffered outbreaks of its more contagious delta variant. Authorities say most are traced to travelers arriving from Russia, Myanmar and other countries.

In Putian, the affected Chinese city, 19 new infections that were believed to have been acquired locally were reported in the 24 hours through midnight Saturday, according to the National Health Commission. One was reported in Quanzhou, also in Fujian.

Students reported as first cases

The first cases in Chinese city Putian were students from Xianyou County, but experts suspect the outbreak might have originated with the father of one student who returned from Singapore on August 4, according to the official Global Times newspaper.

The traveler, identified by the surname Lin, underwent a 14-day quarantine and nine nucleic acid and serologic tests, all of which were negative, the Global Times said, citing local authorities. It said he tested positive on Friday.

Residents of villages in Xianyou where infections were found were barred from leaving, the newspaper said.

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Bus and train services to the Chinese city of Putian were  suspended Saturday, Global Times said.

Elsewhere in the Chinese city of Putian, cinemas, card rooms, gyms, tourist sites and other facilities in Putian were ordered closed, the Chinese city government announced. Restaurants and supermarkets were told to “strictly control” customer numbers and to check for fever. Schools were ordered to require students to wear masks in class.

Experts were sent to Putian to oversee disease-control work, the Health Commission announced Saturday.

China has reported 4,636 coronavirus deaths out of 95,199 confirmed cases.

Has the People’s Republic of China found the antidote to the Delta variant of coronavirus? It is the only country that has, within five weeks, managed to stomp out a major Delta variant outbreak that too without a single death. Not just that, this is also around the 30th instance, since the pandemic began out of Wuhan in early 2020, of China controlling an outbreak of Covid-19 and bringing infection figures down to zero.

On July 20, 2021, airport cleaning staff at Nanjing, in eastern China, had tested positive for the Delta variant of Covid-19 and the infections had soon spread to 50 cities across 17 mainland provinces of China. The outbreak, according to Xinhua News Agency, was controlled through resolute actions. These actions included targeted lockdowns, travel restrictions, mass testing and swift medical actions. These measures included completely cutting off train and airplane services to some of the higher risk areas.

The Economist reported, how on August 11, activity at one of the Ningbo port’s busiest terminals, on China’s east coast, came to an abrupt halt. A 34-year-old dockworker, who had come into contact with visiting crews, was diagnosed with the Delta variant of covid-19. That single infection was all it took for China to shut down the port and after contact tracing put 650 people in strict quarantine. The Ningbo port in the first 6 months of 2021 handled more tonnes of cargo than any other port in the world but that did not stop China from shutting it down. On August 10 CNN had reported how across China at least 47 officials, ranging from the heads of local governments, health commissions, hospitals and airports, had been punished for negligence for failing to implement the measures promptly or thoroughly enough to control the outbreak.