Nanjing coronavirus tally rises to 171 with 18 more locals infected

China | 29 Jul 2021 2:06 pm

China reported on Thursday 49 new coronavirus infections, down from 86 a day earlier, according to the national health authority, amid an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant in the eastern city of Nanjing, Reuters reports.

Nanjing in Jiangsu province, reported 18 locally transmitted confirmed coronavirus disease infections on Wednesday, the provincial health commission said, the China Daily reports.

A total of 171 locally transmitted infections have been reported in Nanjing, including seven in severe condition, since July 21, when a group of workers at the city's Lukou International Airport tested positive for the virus. Nanjing launched the third round of nucleic acid testing on Wednesday.

Local infections accounted for 24 of the infections that were detected on Wednesday, down from 55 the previous day, the National Health Commission said. Most of the locals were reported in the eastern province of Jiangsu, it said, where Nanjing is the provincial capital.

Three other locally transmitted infections were in the western province of Sichuan, and one was in the capital, Beijing.

State news agency Xinhua reported that tracing of the Nanjing outbreak suggested the source was inadequately protected staff who cleaned planes after international flights.

Officials announced the temporary closure of Nanjing Lukou International Airport on Tuesday.

The city is carrying out its third round of nucleic acid testing, according to state television.

The novel coronavirus emerged in the central provincial city of Wuhan in Hubei province late 2019 and ever since, China has taken a zero-tolerance approach to infections, quickly testing large swathes of its population and tracing the contacts of positive infections.


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