Authorities probe virus link to tour group outing

BEIJING: Authorities are taking steps to control a recent coronavirus outbreak related to a tour group, which has spread to seven provinces and autonomous regions over the past three days.

Seventeen new locally transmitted Covif-19 cases were reported on the Chinese mainland on Tuesday, the National Health Commission said in its daily report yesteday.

Of the new cases, eight were reported in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, four in Gansu province, one each in the provinces of Guizhou, Yunnan and Shaanxi and in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region and Beijing, the commission said.

Among the eight cases in Inner Mongolia, five were reported in Ejine Banner, Alxa League, affecting people who were working in the same restaurant.

They were close contacts of people confirmed to be infected in Xi’an, Shaanxi province.

Ejine Banner is at the westernmost point of Inner Mongolia, 1,000km from Hohhot, the regional capital. — China Daily/ANN

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