Highlights:

  • China is witnessing a spike in its daily infections of COVID-19
  • Six local cases including some highly transmissible Delta variant were reported in the Chinese capital
  • Since the outbreak of the pandemic in December 2019, the total tally of cases in the country reached 96,715

China is witnessing a spike in its daily infections of COVID-19. The outbreak, traced to a group of tourists who moved to several parts of the country, forced the authorities to enforce a range of restrictions to control the situation. In this week, six local cases, including some highly transmissible Delta variants, were reported in the Chinese capital.

According to the guidelines, in Beijing, people residing in some higher-risk areas of the Changping district have been urged not to leave their residential compounds. Physical classes in schools nearby to these areas have been called off, while businesses in the areas have been asked to close operations temporarily.

In the Gansu province, long-distance bus services have been deferred in almost 12 cities. Trains connecting the provincial capital, Lanzhou to Beijing have been suspended. Meanwhile, only a single flight between two cities is permitted. Some tourist attractions have also been shut down.

Tourism destinations namely Qinghai and Ningxia have also been closed. In Qinghai, officials at an airport have suspended services for passengers transferring flights. Furthermore, travelers arriving in China from foreign countries will have to take tests for COVID-19 before reaching Ningxia. In addition, they will have to stay indoors for a week so that officials can supervise their health. In Xinjiang, railway authorities have called off the loading of cargo destined for a few regions in the province until the month’s end.

On October 22, the country registered 50 fresh COVID-19 infections, together with 38 locally transmitted infections, as per National Health Commission. It added that a day ago, 28 people were tested positive. The new cases developed from Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Beijing, Ningxia, and Yunnan. Since the outbreak of the pandemic in December 2019, the total tally of cases in the country has reached 96,715. However, the death toll remains at 4636.

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