Northeast Chinese port city battles growing COVID-19 cluster – Community News

Northeast Chinese port city battles growing COVID-19 cluster

People queue for nucleic acid tests in snow at a testing site in Jinpu New Area, following cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dalian, China’s Liaoning province Nov. 8, 2021. cnsphoto via REUTERS

BEIJING, Nov. 12 (Reuters) – A growing COVID-19 cluster in China’s Dalian has prompted the northeastern port city to limit outbound travel, cancel offline school classes and close a few cultural venues after national authorities said it was they needed to control the outbreak more quickly.

Dalian on Thursday reported 52 locally transmitted infections with confirmed symptoms, a daily count higher than any other Chinese city hit by an ongoing nationwide outbreak since mid-October, and more than double from 21 cases a day earlier, official official said. data on Friday.

A total of 1,149 local cases were found in China between October 17 and November 11. While the number is small compared to many outbreaks outside the country, local authorities have deployed resources to extinguish the flare-up, with Beijing not expected to change the situation. a zero-tolerance policy in the short term.

“Several measures need to be accelerated and their quality improved to get the outbreak under control in a shorter time and minimize the impact of the outbreak on production and the lives of the general public,” the National Health Commission said on Thursday. . , citing a meeting chaired by the commission’s director in Dalian.

The number of people leaving Dalian has fallen by an average of 96.5% to 918 a day, a local transport official said late Thursday, after the city of 7.5 million people curbed public transport and warned residents not to leave Dalian for unnecessary reasons. leave. .

The city is demanding that kindergartens and primary and secondary schools discontinue offline classes, close a number of libraries and museums and start a second round of a city-wide mass-testing campaign.

On Friday, Dalian urged residents not to leave their homes unless necessary.

According to the state-sponsored newspaper Global Times, Dalian, a leading shipping port for seafood, fruits and some meats, has also ordered all companies processing imported refrigerated and frozen foods to suspend operations. read more

As of November 11, mainland China had reported 98,099 confirmed symptomatic COVID-19 patients, both local cases and patients coming from abroad. The total number of deaths remained at 4,636.

Reporting by Roxanne Liu, Ryan Woo and Albee Zhang; Editing by Jacqueline Wong and Raju Gopalakrishnan

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