Chinese Health Official Says Rapid Development Of Current Covid-19 Outbreak In The Country

The current Covid-19 pandemic in China is spreading quickly, claimed reports quoting information from a health official of the country, as officials urge increased monitoring at border crossings amid rising cases in a northeastern border city caused by the virus brought in from overseas.

From Oct. 17 to 29, the National Health Commission (NHC) recorded 377 domestically transmitted cases with confirmed symptoms. Since substantially containing a countrywide spread in early 2020, China has dealt with a succession of breakouts this year.

In comparison to clusters outside the country, the numbers are still insignificant.

China has maintained its zero-tolerance policy towards Covid-19 even as most of the other countries of the world are trying to figure out a way to live with the disease and as such Beijing had advised residents to be vigilant around the country’s border regions and ports to not allow any sick traveler arriving into the country and transmitting the virus to locals.

“Within the past 14 days, 14 provincial areas have reported new locally transmitted cases or asymptomatic carriers,” the NHC spokesperson Mi Feng said on Saturday. “The outbreak is still developing rapidly, and the virus control situation is severe and complicated.”

Just 26 local cases were reported on October 29, up from nine on October 28 and one on October 27, from Heihe, a tiny northeastern metropolis of 1.3 million inhabitants on China’s side of the Amur River near the Russian border.

“The outbreak has exposed the laxity of mind among some local authorities,” Wu Liangyou, another NHC official, said.

Since the virus is still spreading in neighboring countries, China, particularly ports of entry, should intensify test screening of persons at high risk of infection and better surveillance of any flare-ups, Wu said at a press conference.

According to Wu, results of surveys and viral sequencing of data revealed that the infection cluster in Heihe was unconnected to a current outbreak that is mostly affecting the northern portions of China, implying that a new source of virus had been smuggled in from abroad.

The NHC said last week that many local cases of infections are being reported in the north and northwest portions of China since Oct. 17 which might be traced back to a virus brought in from elsewhere.

During the outbreaks, compared to the wealthier cities of the country, the border towns, many of which have little resources, have tended to experience more severe interruptions from the outbreaks.

Due to recurrent outbreaks, the little southwestern city of Ruili, which borders Myanmar, has been hit by some of China’s strongest viral restrictions, which have harmed its previously thriving jewelry trade, which was a foundation of its meager economy.

To reduce the risk of imported virus, officials in major cities have promised stringent virus limits for important international events.

A vaccination booster injection is required for Chinese athletes and support personnel to successfully host the Winter Olympics Games in February, whereas booster shots are suggested but not required for international participants.

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