China keeps guard up as Covid outbreak enters 4th week – News Vibe24

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    BEIJING: China maintains its guard as the latest rise in Covid-19 cases enters its fourth week, with calls from officials to close containment loopholes as cities are unlikely to ease tighter virus control measures.
    China reported 83 new locally transmitted cases as of Aug. 10, the health authority said, bringing the total number of new infections to 583 last week.
    This was an 85.1% increase in the total number of local cases from a week earlier. The percentage remains almost unchanged from the 87.5% increase observed last week, which according to officials is mainly due to the highly transmitted Delta variant.
    Of the new cases reported Wednesday, 54 were in Yangzhou City in eastern Jiangsu Province. Yangzhou closed the provincial capital, Nanjing, as the city with the most local cases since Aug. 6.
    The Delta variant has been detected in more than a dozen cities since the first cases in Nanjing were detected in late July, prompting Beijing officials to tell local governments to overcome “a loose mind” in their containment measures and close gaps in their virus. -competitive efforts.
    But China is far from completely blocking major cities, such as those seen in the early days of the COVID-19 epidemic in Hubei province, to avoid economic paralysis, although some financial pain has been felt.
    Residential complexes or neighborhoods considered to be at greater risk have been sealed. Cities with areas marked as medium or high risk have varying degrees of restrictions on public spaces.
    Flights are still allowed to depart from reported cities, waiting for those departing from Nanjing, Yangzhou and Zhangjiajie. But flights and trains entering Beijing from areas where cases have been reported have been cut off.
    The capital, where a new locally confirmed case was reported, only allows long-distance intercity bus services to nearby Tianjin City and Hebei Province.
    China’s total scheduled air capacity fell 31.9% last week, one of the sharpest falls of the week during the pandemic, according to aviation data company OAG.
    “We do not expect to see an immediate recovery of this capability in the coming weeks, which will further slow the global recovery,” the OAG said in a weekly news release.
    Including imported infections, China reported 111 new confirmed cases on August 10, compared with 143 the previous day.
    The number of new asymptomatic infections was 30 compared to 38 the previous day. China does not classify them as confirmed cases until they show clinical signs of infection such as fever.
    China has reported a total of 94,080 infections since the new coronavirus appeared in central Wuhan city in late 2019. The number of reported deaths remained at 4,636.

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