The latest outbreak of Covid-19 in China is “the widest” since that registered in the central city of Wuhan at the end of December 2019, which brought together the first cases detected worldwide of the pandemic, according to the official gazette. Global Times.

From the first cases – last day 20 – until the morning of this Friday, about 200 infections have been detected that, unlike other occasions when the virus has spread again in China, have already affected various areas of the country.

The current outbreak began at the international airport in the eastern city of Nanking, capital of Jiangsu province, and has already spread to five other provinces and the capital city of Beijing.

Experts cited by Global Times point out that the rapid spread is due to the high contagion capacity of the delta variant, and they bet on “reinforcing” the management of the entry points to the country due to the fact that both the regrowth of Nanking and another recently registered in the southern province Yunnan “are related to imported cases.”

Shao Yiming, an immunologist at the country’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, assured that Nanking’s outbreak is “small” and that infection rates “are not at the same level” as in other countries, partly thanks to ” detected at an early stage and powerful measures were taken. “

The Chinese vaccine

According to the article, medical experts had pointed out that most of those infected in that city were vaccinated, which raised doubts about the effectiveness of the antigens used after seven of them entered serious condition.

Shao assured that the existing vaccines – those approved in China are all of national development – “are still effective” against the mutations of the virus and that, although their capacity to prevent infections against them could be inferior, “there is not a big gap” in the efficacy against serious cases and deaths caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and its variants.

Sources cited by Global Times They indicated that all flights at the Nanking International Airport, which accumulates more than half of the cases registered so far in this latest outbreak, will be suspended until August 11.

Local authorities have already started the third phase of the coronavirus tests to which it will subject more than 9 million inhabitants of the city.

At the moment, other Chinese cities such as Shanghai (in the east) have already announced that they will subject those returning from areas considered “high risk” within the country to 14 days of quarantine.


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