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COVID-19 Delta Strain Appearing All Over China, Beijing Cuts Intercity Transport

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The Chinese communist regime on Aug. 9 reported 94 local transmissions among 125 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours.

The current outbreak in China is also being driven by the highly contagious Delta variant. Authorities said the Delta infections first spread among airport workers in eastern China’s Nanjing city—reported on July 20—but has since advanced nationwide, with reports from tropical Hainan Province in the south to Inner Mongolia in the far north.

Beijing, the country’s capital, which hadn’t reported any new local infections for two days, announced on Aug. 8 that no travelers from regions with CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus infections reported in the past two weeks will be allowed to enter the city. The CCP virus causes the diasease COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Beijing cut off all passenger train services for these regions and stopped all passenger buses from other cities, except the ones from nearby Tianjin city and Hebei Province.

Ruili city in southwestern China’s Yunnan Province announced on Aug. 9 that all residents in the downtown area would be quarantined at home until Aug. 17. Authorities have also banned passenger traffic, while trucks must change drivers at check points to enter or exit. With these rules, locals are unable to leave and people outside can’t enter.

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A child is receiving a nucleic acid test for the COVID-19 in Yangzhou, eastern China’s Jiangsu Province on Aug. 5, 2021. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

On Sunday, Nanjing city, the capital of Jiangsu province and the reported ground zero of the outbreak, announced a sixth round of mass COVID-19 testing of residents, while neighboring Yangzhou city announced its fifth round of mass testing on Monday.

Out of Control

The regime announced on Monday that 1.78 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, but that this won’t stop people becoming infected with the CCP virus. It also announced new local infections in Henan, Jiangsu, Hunan, and Hubei provinces.

In Zhengzhou, the flood-hit capital of central China’s Henan province, the city government announced on Sunday that 116 residents tested positive for COVID-19 since the current outbreak was first detected on July 30—40 of those were diagnosed on Sunday. As the regime doesn’t count patients without symptoms as COVID-19 infections, an additional 12 cases have been reported as “asymptomatic carriers.”

The Zhengzhou outbreak was first detected at the No. 6 Hospital, where the city government claimed the outbreak was “out of control,” blaming the highly contagious Delta variant.

“We have disinfected the No. 6 Hospital comprehensively over ten times [since July 31],” the government said on Monday.

“A doctor of No. 6 Hospital was quarantined and tested eight times from July 31 to Aug. 6. The results of the first seven times were negative, and the last time was positive. He was diagnosed as a COVID-19 patient [after he showed symptoms] on Aug. 7,” the government explained about complications with its testing on Aug. 7.

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A medical worker takes swab samples from a child during mass testing for COVID-19 at a residential block in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, on Aug. 3, 2021. (Chinatopix via AP)

On the evening of Aug. 9, the regime updated its list of COVID-19 impacted regions to include 15 “high risk” regions and 201 “medium risk” regions. All residents in high-risk regions aren’t allowed to leave their homes, and the regions are under the regime’s full lockdown. Residents in medium-risk regions aren’t allowed to leave their residential compounds and are considered to be in partial lockdown.

The more than regions span most of China, from the far northern Inner Mongolia, to the capital Beijing, to eastern Jiangsu, Shandong, and Shanghai, central Henan and Hubei, and southwestern Sichuan and Yunnan, south-central Hunan, southeastern Fujian provinces.

Nicole Hao

Nicole Hao is a Washington-based reporter focused on China-related topics. Before joining the Epoch Media Group in July 2009, she worked as a global product manager for a railway business in Paris, France.

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