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New Covid-19 cluster in Dalian spread to 9 other cities
Published on: 2020-07-29
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People queue to give samples in Dalian which is testing its entire six million population for Covid 19People queue to give samples in Dalian, which is testing its entire six million population for Covid-19

Beijing reported one new local Covid-19 case on Tuesday, its first in 21 days, as infections linked to the latest flare-up in Northeast China have spread to nine cities around the country.

The 53-year-old Beijing patient had dined with an asymptomatic carrier who had previously been in the Liaoning province port city of Dalian, where 44 cases have been reported since last week, the capital’s health commission reported (link in Chinese). The pair met in Jinzhou, another Liaoning city.

Cases linked to the Dalian outbreak, which is thought to originate with a seafood importer, have been detected in cities in five provincial-level regions, including the southern province of Fujian and as far north as Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces, said Zhao Lian, deputy director of Beijing’s health authority, on Tuesday.

A banks canteen is disinfected in Dalian Liaoning provinceA bank's canteen is disinfected in Dalian, Liaoning province

China is seeing its greatest daily new Covid-19 figures in months, recording 68 confirmed cases on Tuesday, of which 57 were in the far western region of Xinjiang and six were in Liaoning, according to the National Health Commission. Beijing reported two coronavirus cases on Tuesday, one of which was imported from overseas.

The Liaoning government on Sunday ordered all of the province’s prefecture-level cities besides Dalian, 13 in all, to impose a 14-day mandatory quarantine on people who have arrived from Dalian’s medium- and high-risk areas since July 14.

While Dalian has not declared a citywide lockdown, residents of medium- and high-risk areas are banned from leaving “in principle.” Public transportation has been shut down and residential compounds in those areas are sealed off to outsiders.

Residents of the city’s low-risk areas require a negative coronavirus test result from the previous seven days to leave. The city also announced Tuesday it would suspend gatherings in restaurants.

The nine cities which have reported infections linked to Dalian are Tieling and Anshan in Liaoning; Siping, Changchun and Baicheng in Jilin; Hegang and Suihua in Heilongjiang, Fuzhou in Fujian; and Beijing.



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