China reports 75 new cases of COVID-19 as Delta-driven surge spreads across nation
On Sunday, China reported 75 new cases with 53 local transmissions, with a cluster linked to the eastern airport now reported to have spread to over 20 cities and dozen provinces.
As China is struggling with the new variant's outbreak, Chinese cities rolled out mass testing of millions of people and imposed new travel restrictions. On Sunday, China reported 75 new cases with 53 local transmissions, with a cluster linked to the eastern airport now reported to have spread to over 20 cities and dozen provinces. Among the 75 new cases, 22 imported from overseas. China's total infected people count stands at 1,022 cases, with no new deaths reported.
This outbreak is the most prominent hit after suffering from the pandemic last year. The record of snuffing out the virus has been thrown into jeopardy after the new Delta variant broke out at Nanjing airport in eastern Jiangsu province in July.
According to media reports, authorities have conducted three rounds of testing and have placed hundreds of thousands under lockdown to curb the spread of the new variant.
Officials are now trying to track people nationwide who have recently travelled from Nanjing or Zhangjiajie, which has locked down all residents and shut all tourist attractions.
New cases were reported Sunday in Hainan island -- another popular tourist destination -- Ningxia and Shandong provinces. Apart from the virus outbreak, China is also battling flood-like situations. More than 1.6 billion vaccine doses have been administered nationwide as of Friday, Beijing's National Health Commission (NHC) said.