Travel restrictions were implemented, schools were shut down, and nucleic acid tests were ordered for millions of the residents in the eastern province of Fujian, China after more than 139 cases were recorded till Monday evening. The recent outbreak has been termed the first “school-centred” outbreak as nearly three dozen children got infected after it was detected in a school last week during a random nucleic acid testing.

The majority of the fresh cases have been reported in three cities, which include Putian, Quanzhou, and the provincial capital, Xiamen. A source reported that 20 cases of children below the age of 12 have been recorded. On Tuesday, the health authorities announced that Xiamen has commenced a citywide nucleic acid testing for its citizens.

Another source stated that the classes will be conducted online for colleges, primary and high school, and vocational school students and kindergartens have been told to suspend operations.

The residents of Xiamen city have been asked not to leave unless it is urgent, and it is mandatory for the people who want to leave to provide a green health code, along with a negative nucleic acid test result within 48 hours before their departure.

The authorizes of the Fujian expressway have implemented traffic control at dozens of expressway tollgates to contain the spread of the virus.

In Putian, a citywide nucleic acid testing has also been commenced on Tuesday. A local health official stated that till Monday, 85 people tested positive in Putian, and among the 85 people, 21 people were asymptomatic.

Health experts have stated that the outbreak is likely to spread to more regions, but it can be controlled before the National Day holiday in October after the implementation of strong control measures.

Several measures that have been reimposed in the Fujian province include mass testing, swift tracing and quarantining of close contacts, and targeted small-scale lockdowns to control the spread in communities.

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