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Beijing's Daxing cases is the variant initially found in UK
Published on: 2021-01-21
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Two of the recent COVID-19 patients found in Beijing's Daxing district were carrying the highly transmissible variant of the novel coronavirus first detected in the United Kingdom, Pang Xinghuo, deputy head of the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Wednesday.
 

Also, the residential community where cluster infections were reported was designated a high-risk area, Pang said at a news conference.
 

The finding on the two cases has been confirmed by the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Pang said, adding that the source of the two infections was suspected of having been imported.
 

Variants detected in the UK and South Africa, which epidemiologists have found to be more transmissible than previous versions, have become the predominant strains in some regions. That means prevention and control of such strains is more difficult, Feng Zijian, deputy director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon.
 

Beijing reported seven new local COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, and six of the patients live in the Ronghui community in Daxing district. Of the 11 new confirmed cases reported in Beijing in the past three days, 10 were from the Ronghui community-now the capital's only high-risk area-and one was from Shunyi district. The Shunyi patient was a close contact of a confirmed patient in Daxing.
 

As of Wednesday, there were six high-risk areas around China.
 

The Daxing government started mass nucleic acid testing for all its residents on Wednesday.
 

Residents are required to stay in Beijing unless it is necessary to leave. All educational institutions are closed and students must stay at home.
 

北京大兴区2病例系感染英国发现的病毒变异株

1月20日,北京市新冠肺炎疫情防控工作第215场新闻发布会通报,大兴区局部聚集性疫情有关病毒样本全基因组测序结果显示,1月17日大兴区报告的2例本地确诊病例的新冠病毒为英国发现的新冠病毒变异株。
 

目前,大兴区局部聚集性疫情的溯源工作正在抓紧进行中。鉴于大兴区天宫院街道融汇社区3日内累计新增确诊病例9例,经北京市疾控中心评估,按照《北京市新冠肺炎疫情风险分级标准》,自1月20日起,该社区被调整为高风险地区。

中国疾病预防控制中心副主任冯子健介绍,近期英国、南非和巴西报告的新冠变异病毒引起全球关注。国际上的监测和研究发现,这些变异病毒的传播能力有所增强,传播范围也在逐渐扩大。目前,尚未发现这些变异的病毒对疾病的临床特征及疫苗效力有明显影响。

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