Chinese health officials have reported a spike in sporadic COVID-19 infections in the past month, reporting 328 new locally transmitted confirmed cases, essentially the same amount reported in the previous five months.
The country’s latest novel coronavirus outbreak stems mainly from a flight that departed from Russia and landed in Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu province.
Viral genome sequencing has found that all the strains in the recent resurgence of COVID-19 were the highly infectious Delta variant, which can contribute to a faster and wider transmission among a large population. The the virus variant has spread to more than 10 provinces, officials note.
This has prompted the government to impose travel restrictions. This includes temporary closure of airports, long-distance bus stations and the suspension of much rail traffic.
All 31 provincial-level regions in the Chinese mainland have urged citizens not to go to medium and high-risk areas for COVID-19 or leave the provinces where they live unless it is necessary.
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