Delta Variant Confirmed in China’s Nanjing City
Local health authorities announced that the Delta variant was detected in China’s eastern mega-city Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, in the latest outbreak of COVID-19 caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. On July 28, 47 new cases were reported, pushing the total local transmissions to 153. Many of the infected individuals had already received doses of China’s domestically produced vaccine. Most cases in the latest outbreak were related to the city’s Lukou Airport, according to local authorities. The first nine cases were found when airport staff received nucleic acid tests on July 20. More airport workers and their close contacts tested positive, following two rounds of mass tests of Nanjing’s 9 million citizens. The top CCP liaison for Eastern Airport, Feng Jun, was fired after the outbreak. Official data shows much of the airport staff had received China vaccines by May. Eastern Airport, the parent company of Lukou Airport, said on May 12 that over 90 percent of its staff had received vaccines. Nanjing Airport also reported an above 90 percent vaccination rate at that time. Shao Yiming, a researcher at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told domestic media on June 7 that Chinese-made vaccines are for “prevention of symptom development,” instead of “preventing infections.” Local citizens are asked to stay at home and have been advised to go out only if it’s essential. People delivering food or packages were restricted from entering residential communities. Nanjing closed movie theatres, gymnasiums, indoor swimming pools, and other public places. Limited people are allowed to enter shopping malls and supermarkets. Health authorities of five provinces have announced cases related to the Nanjing outbreak. Many of the cases in other provinces such as Guangdong, Sichuan, Liaoning, and Anhui are asymptotic or with minor symptoms. Earlier in July, China’s highly inoculated city of Ruili, in Guangxi Province neighboring Myanmar (formerly Burma), was forced to lock down after the Delta variant was detected. Most of the population had received at least one dose of the China-made vaccine, and at least half of the population in Ruili received the single-dose CanSino vaccine.
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