Back to strict curbs for some cities

Taking no chances: A girl receiving a nucleic acid test for Covid-19 in Yangzhou in China’s eastern Jiangsu province. — AFP

Nanjing: Several cities have asked residents to avoid travel as more cases of Covid-19 have been reported across the country.

A total of 53 local transmissions and 25 locally transmitted asymptomatic carriers were reported on the Chinese mainland on Saturday, the National Health Commission said.

Of the confirmed case, 30 were in Jiangsu, 12 in Henan, four in Hunan, three in Yunnan, and one each in Fujian, Shandong, Hubei provinces and the Ningxia Hui autonomous region, the commission said on Sunday.

Nanjing, capital of East China’s Jiangsu province, recorded 14 locally transmitted confirmed cases on Saturday.

Since July 20, the megacity has reported 204 locally transmitted confirmed cases, including seven patients in serious condition.

“Nanjing has formed a psychological crisis intervention team to help ease residents’ anxiety,” said Li Jijun, director of the psychology department at the Affiliated Brain Hospital of Nanjing Medical University.

“Anyone experiencing a psychological crisis can contact the hotline centre for help,” he said.

Also in Jiangsu province, Yangzhou reported 12 and Huai’an four locally transmitted confirmed cases on Saturday.

Yangzhou has taken strict measures to contain the virus and launched a second round of nucleic acid testing in its downtown areas on Sunday.

The city has closed all bus, taxi and ride-hailing vehicle services as well as long-haul bus services out of the city since Saturday.

Passenger flights at Yangzhou-Taizhou International Airport have also been suspended.

Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province, removed directors of the city’s health commission and the No 6 People’s Hospital from their posts on Saturday for failing to contain the virus.

The city, which was recently hit by torrential rains, reported on Saturday 12 locally transmitted confirmed Covid-19 cases and 20 asymptomatic cases.

“The virus is highly contagious and has spread quickly in Zhengzhou,” said Zhang Ruoshi, deputy director of the Henan Provincial Health Commission.

“Most of the locally transmitted cases in Henan are related to No 6 People’s Hospital, which was the city’s designated hospital for treating imported Covid-19 patients.”

The city of more than 12.6 million is setting up 4,168 sample collection sites to complete citywide nucleic acid testing in three days, starting Sunday.

“Health experts confirmed that the new cases was mainly caused by the Delta variant,” said Zhao Dongyang, deputy director of the Henan Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. — China Daily/ANN

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