In Fujian province, China is battling a ‘school-centred Covid outbreak

In Fujian province, China is battling a ‘school-centred Covid outbreak.

Nearly three dozen youngsters have been infected in what has been dubbed China’s first “school-centred” outbreak, which was originally detected in a school during random nucleic acid testing.

Early reports suggest that the illness was triggered by a student’s father, who tested positive last week.

Fujian authorities demanded that all teachers and students be tested within a week after more than 100 cases were identified in only four days.

The current outbreak comes just a month after China’s largest outbreak since Wuhan was contained in Nanjing.

The outbreak is supposed to begin with the parent of a student, who on 10 September, 38 days after leaving Singapore on the 4th of August tested the virus positively.

He was exposed to 9 nucleic acid and serological tests for 21 days and was, according to one source, all negative.

Given the abnormally long incubation period, it’s unknown whether the student’s father was infected abroad.

As the caseload of new Covid-19 infections more than doubled to 139 by Tuesday evening, China closed schools, imposed travel restrictions, and demanded nucleic acid tests for millions of people in the eastern province of Fujian.

Nearly three dozen youngsters have been infected in what has been dubbed China’s first “school-centred” outbreak, which was first detected at a school during random nucleic acid testing last week.

The new cases have so far been focused in three cities: Putian, Quanzhou, and Xiamen, the provincial capital, despite concerns that infected people’s contacts have spread to other provinces.

Around 20 cases involving children under the age of 12 have been documented, according to the reports.

On Tuesday, health officials in Xiamen, a port city and renowned tourist destination, revealed that citywide nucleic acid testing for its 5 million residents had begun.

Colleges, elementary and secondary institutions, and vocational schools would be required to relocate their curriculum online, while kindergartens will be forced to close, according to a report by the news agency.

Residents of Xiamen have been warned not to leave the city unless essential, and those who do must provide a green health code and a negative nucleic acid test result within 48 hours of leaving.

According to the Xinhua article, Fujian expressway authorities have implemented traffic control at dozens of highway toll gates across the province to prevent the virus from spreading.

In Putian city, a citywide nucleic acid testing began on Tuesday afternoon.

According to a local health official, 85 persons have tested positive in Putian as of Monday, with 64 confirmed cases and 21 asymptomatic carriers. The latest outbreak occurred just before two major holidays: the mid-Autumn festival in the third week of September and the week-long National Holidays in the first week of October.

The recent domestic outbreak, which occurred in late July and early August, caused major disruptions in the travel, tourist, hospitality, and transportation industries.

According to Chinese specialists, the number of cases in the current flare-up is anticipated to rise in the coming weeks.

Health experts informed state media that the outbreak will certainly spread to more places across China, but that it may be brought under control by the National Day holiday in October if effective control measures are implemented.

More than one local Covid-19 cluster epidemic caused by new strains has been eradicated in China since May.

In Fujian, the same procedures and control tactics are being used: mass testing, rapid tracing and quarantining of close contacts, and targeted small-scale lockdowns to minimise the impact on communities.

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