Beijing, China: The Government in Wuhan on Tuesday stated they would trial its entire population for Covid-19 after the central Chinese city where the coronavirus appeared detailed its first local infections in more than a year.
The town of 11 million is “swiftly initiating comprehensive nucleic acid testing of all residents”, senior Wuhan official Li Tao mentioned at a press meeting on Tuesday.
Authorities declared on Monday that seven locally transmitted viruses had been detected among migrant workers in the city, breaking a year-long streak without domestic cases after it crushed an initial outbreak with an uncommon lockdown in early 2020.
China has restricted the residents of entire cities to their homes, cut domestic transport links and implemented mass testing in recent days as it fights its largest coronavirus outbreak in months.
China detailed 61 domestic cases on Tuesday as an upsurge of the fast-spreading Delta variant reached dozens of cities after contamination among airport cleaners in Nanjing evoked a chain of cases that have been reported across the nation.
Key cities including Beijing have now tested millions of residents while isolating residential compounds and placing close contacts under quarantine.
The eastern city of Yangzhou, near Nanjing, was the latest local government to command residents to stay home after large-scale testing detected 40 new contamination over the past day.
Over 1.3 million residents of Yangzhou’s urban core are now restricted to their homes, with each household permitted to send only one person outside per day to shop for necessities, the city government said Tuesday.
The statement comes after the tourist destination of Zhangjiajie in central China’s Hunan province as well as nearby Zhuzhou city directed similar orders in recent days to more than two million people combined.
The upsurge spread to Hunan from Nanjing last month after people diseased at the Nanjing airport cluster attended theatre performances in Zhangjiajie.
Officials have since been seriously ascertaining thousands of fellow theatre goers and requesting tourists not to travel to locations where cases have been detected.
Meanwhile, Beijing has barred tourists from entering the capital during the peak summer holiday travel season and urged residents not to leave unless necessary, with super officials vowing over the weekend to “spare no expense” in defending the city.
China had previously boasted of its success in bringing domestic cases drop to virtually zero after the coronavirus first appeared in Wuhan, allowing the economy to revive.
But the latest eruption is threatening that success with over 400 domestic cases detailed since mid-July.