Coronavirus outbreak in Putian, China halts city

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Beijing: A city in southern China that is trying to contain a coronavirus outbreak told the public on Sunday not to leave the city, suspended bus and train service and closed cinemas, bars and other facilities.

Anyone who needs to leave Putian, a city of 2.9 million in Fujian province south of Shanghai, for essential travel must have proof of a negative coronavirus test within the last 48 hours, the government of the city.

Medical workers at a provincial hospital in Fuzhou greet colleagues who are leaving to help with a COVID-19 outbreak in Putian.Credit:AP

China declared the coronavirus under control in early 2020, but has suffered outbreaks of the more contagious Delta variant. Authorities say most of the cases are traced to travelers arriving from Russia, Myanmar and other countries.

In Putian, 19 new infections were reported that were believed to have been acquired locally between 24 hours and midnight on Saturday, according to the National Health Commission. One was reported in Quanzhou, that is, in Fujian.

The first cases in Putian were students from 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 with the surname Lin, underwent a 14-day quarantine and nine nucleic acid and serological tests, all of which were negative, the Global times he said citing local authorities. He said he tested positive on Friday.

Residents of Xianyou villages where infections were found were banned from going out, the newspaper said.

Bus and train service to Putian was suspended on Saturday, Global times said.