Nanjing Airport (2020)
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The majority of the cases discovered are limited to the metropolis of Nanjing: But after an outbreak at Nanjing Airport, the delta variant of the corona virus continues to spread in China.
Chinese state media reported on Friday that at least 200 infections were detected in five Chinese provinces that are linked to the outbreak in Nanjing.
The first infections were detected last week in airport employees in the city of nine million.
It has been suggested that the virus arrived in Nanjing via a flight from Russia.
The authorities called for unnecessary travel to be avoided.
In addition, strict quarantine rules have been imposed for returnees from Nanjing.
The entire population has had to be tested for the virus twice since last week.
For more than a year, life in China, where the first Sars-CoV-2 infections were discovered worldwide in December 2019, has largely returned to normal.
The authorities pursue a strict "zero covid policy": In the event of outbreaks, the authorities react immediately with mass tests, exit restrictions, contact tracing and quarantine.
Strict restrictions also apply to those entering the country who have to spend at least two weeks in a quarantine facility.
However, the highly contagious Delta variant has recently pushed the authorities to their limits several times.
In the past few weeks, there had already been local outbreaks of the variant in the southern Chinese provinces of Guangdong and Yunnan.
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