On Tuesday ,The city of Nanjing in eastern China has been virtually sealed off and residents advised to stay indoors after 31 new Covid-19 cases were reported  in the past 24 hours.

Ding Jie from Nanjing Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said that judging from the previous outbreaks, the Delta strain has some new characteristics. It  can easily be spread , has higher virus , treatment time is longer, and it is easier to contact a severe form of the illness.

First detected among the  airport workers in the city tested positive for covid 19  on Wednesday  causing flight cancellation and delays , the new outbreak has  two rounds of citywide nucleic acid testing of Nanjing’s 9 million residents. Nine of the workers were diagnosed as confirmed cases and at least five Chinese asymptomatic   related to the Nanjing outbreak.

Health authorities are carrying out a second round of mass testing and placed tens of thousands of people under lockdown.

Following more than 30 cases on two consecutive days, the city, China’s former capital with over 9 million population , has pushed up  risk levels, designating 4 areas as high-risk zones and 25 areas as medium-risk zones.

Nanjing has under suspended  movie theatres, gymnasiums, indoor swimming pools, bars, bathing venues, “mahjong” halls, chess and card rooms, and other public places. Strict restrictions on the number of people entering at the same time have been put in place at pharmacy , Wholesale markets, shopping malls and supermarkets.

Entrances of non-residents including delivery personnel have been restricted at all residential communities.

The authorities said on Tuesday, Resident peoples  have been told to stay at home and to go out only if it’s essential.

The city has suspended the operation of eight long-distance bus stations, as well as bus tour services, while the airport has been closed

According to satae media report ,“Some 19 bus lines  travelling to adjacent areas were limited within the city, and taxis are required not to leave the city,”.

Gao Fu, director-general of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, more than 560 million Chinese citizen received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine by June 30.As of July 22, China had administered over 1.5 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines, according to the national health commission.

As of Monday, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in mainland China stood at 92,676, and the death  was 4,636.

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