• By The Financial District

China Battles Biggest COVID Outbreak In Nanjing, Beijing, 5 Provinces

Hundreds of thousands of people in China are in coronavirus lockdown as the country battles its worst outbreak in months, while the United States intensified vaccination efforts in the face of a Delta variant-fueled surge, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

Photo Insert: A doctor attending to a COVID patient in a hospital in China

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the highly transmissible strain, first detected in India, could unleash more COVID-19 outbreaks in a high-risk area from Morocco to Pakistan where vaccination rates are low.

In China, a cluster of infections in Nanjing city linked to airport workers who cleaned a plane from Russia earlier this month had reached the capital Beijing and five provinces late last week.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been locked down in Jiangsu province, of which Nanjing is the capital, while 41,000 came under stay-at-home orders in Beijing's Changping district.

At least 206 infections across China have been linked to the cluster, and the outbreak is geographically the largest in several months.

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It challenges Beijing's aggressive containment efforts which have relied on mass testing, lockdowns, and swift contact tracing.

The Delta variant is more transmissible than the pathogens that cause SARS, Ebola, and smallpox, and as easily spread as chickenpox, according to an internal US Centers for Disease Control presentation reported by The Washington Post and The New York Times.


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