Anyone who needs to leave Putian, a city of 2.9 million people in Fujian province south of Carry off, for essential travel you must have proof of a negative coronavirus test within the last 48 hours, the city government announced.
China declared the virus under control in early 2020, but has seen outbreaks of its most contagious delta variant. Authorities say most can be traced back to travelers arriving from Russia, Myanmar and other countries.
In Putian, 19 new infections were reported that were believed to have been acquired locally in the 24 hours to midnight Saturday, according to the national health commission. One was reported in Quanzhou, also in Fujian.
The first cases in Putian were students of Xianyou County, but experts suspect that the outbreak could have originated in the father of a student who returned from Singapore on August 4, according to the official Global times Newspaper.
The traveler, identified by the surname Lin, underwent a 14-day quarantine and nine nucleic acid and serological tests, all negative, the Global Times said, citing local authorities. He said he tested positive on Friday.
Residents of Xianyou villages where infections were found were prohibited from going out, the newspaper said.
Bus and train service to Putian was suspended on Saturday, the Global Times said.
In other parts of Putian, cinemas, arcades, gyms, tourist sites and other facilities have been ordered closed, the city government announced. Restaurants and supermarkets were told to “strictly monitor” the number of customers and to check for fever. Schools were ordered to require students to wear masks in class.
Experts were dispatched to Putian to oversee disease control work, the health commission announced on Saturday.
China has reported 4,636 coronavirus deaths out of 95,199 confirmed cases.
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