Wuhan authorities announced on Sunday August 8 the end of the vast Covid-19 screening operation among the eleven million inhabitants of this Chinese city. These massive tests were organized after a resurgence in the number of cases in the metropolis, more than a year and a half after the coronavirus appeared there.
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Wuhan had recorded 37 locally transmitted cases on Saturday while 41 asymptomatic carriers were discovered in the latest round of tests, according to Xinhua. City officials announced last week that seven cases of contamination had been discovered among migrant workers from other provinces.
The tests carried out since Tuesday allow a “Full coverage” of the entire population of this metropolis except children under six and students who went on vacation, Li Tao, a senior municipal official, said at a press conference, according to the news agency Xinhua. Authorities said they had mobilized more than 28,000 caregivers and 2,800 sites for the screening campaign.
Containment and interruptions of connections
The new Delta variant has reached dozens of cities, spreading throughout Chinese territory after the contamination of employees responsible for cleaning planes at Nanjing airport in eastern China. Faced with this resurgence, the authorities have decreed the confinement of the population of entire agglomerations and taken measures such as the interruption of internal transport links and the organization of massive screenings.
Beijing has also tightened restrictions on Chinese travel abroad. Immigration officials on Wednesday warned they would stop issuing ordinary passports and other documents to leave China for reasons “Non-imperative and non-urgent”.
China had practically eradicated the epidemic a year ago, after the emergence of the coronavirus in Wuhan at the end of 2019 and a first outbreak which had led to an extremely severe containment of the population of this city in early 2020. But the country is facing a resurgence of the disease. With more than 400 new infections since mid-July, this increase in contamination remains however very limited compared to the figures recorded in other countries.