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How China defeated a major Covid-19 Delta outbreak within a month


Has the People's Republic of China found the antidote to the Delta variant of coronavirus? It is the only country that has, within five weeks, managed to stomp out a major Delta variant outbreak that too without a single death. Not just that, this is also around the 30th instance, since the pandemic began out of Wuhan in early 2020, of China controlling an outbreak of Covid-19 and bringing infection figures down to zero.


On July 20, 2021, airport cleaning staff at Nanjing, in eastern China, had tested positive for the Delta variant of Covid-19 and the infections had soon spread to 50 cities across 17 mainland provinces of China. The outbreak, according to Xinhua News Agency, was controlled through resolute actions, including targeted lockdowns, travel restrictions, mass testing, and swift medical actions. These measures included completely cutting off train and airplane services to some of the higher risk areas.

The Economist reported, how on August 11, activity at one of the Ningbo port’s busiest terminals, on China's east coast, came to an abrupt halt. A 34-year-old dockworker, who had come into contact with visiting crews, was diagnosed with the Delta variant of covid-19. That single infection was all it took for China to shut down the port and after contact tracing put 650 people in strict quarantine. The Ningbo port in the first 6 months of 2021 handled more tonnes of cargo than any other port in the world but that did not stop China from shutting it down. On August 10 CNN had reported how across China at least 47 officials, ranging from the heads of local governments, health commissions, hospitals and airports, had been punished for negligence for failing to implement the measures promptly or thoroughly enough to control the outbreak.

Read More at https://www.indiatoday.in/coronavirus-outbreak/story/how-china-defeated-a-major-covid-19-delta-outbreak-within-a-month-1845085-2021-08-25

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