Chinese city has mass Covid19 testing due to Delta Variant
The manufacturing hub of in China’s most populous province of Guangdong launched mass testing on Monday for the coronavirus and cordoned off communities after detecting its first infections in the current Covid-19 outbreak.
The Delta variant of the virus has dominated infections in the provincial upsurge, the first time it has hit China. Seen by experts as highly transmissible, the variant was first identified in India.
Dongguan launched its citywide testing programme following two cases reported since Friday. City authorities told residents not to leave, except for essential reasons.
The latest Covid resurgence in the southern manufacturing heartland of Guangdong started in May, with most cases reported in cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Foshan.
Since the pandemic originated in Wuhan city of Hubei province in December 2019, China has so far reported 91,604 confirmed coronavirus cases and 4,636 deaths.
An official from the World Health Organization on Monday warned that the vaccines are starting signs of reduced efficacy against the Delta variant of coronavirus. Mutations can be stopped only by breaking the chain of transmission in places with high caseloads and by mass vaccinations.
To assist countries with inoculation programmes, the US announced plans to share 55 million doses of coronavirus vaccines with the rest of the world. Out of these, 16 million will be sent to Asian nations like India and Bangladesh.