China identifies the source of the Covid-19 outbreak in Nanjing

In China, on July 30, the health authority of Nanjing city - the capital of Jiangsu province said that a flight from Russia has been identified as the source of the latest COVID-19 pandemic infection in China. this city. Airport workers became infected while cleaning the aircraft cabin.

Medical staff take samples to test for COVID-19 for people in Nanjing city, Jiangsu province, China on July 29, 2021.
Medical staff take samples to test for COVID-19 for people in Nanjing city, Jiangsu province, China on July 29, 2021.

The city has discovered that the genetic sequences of patients who are cleaning staff at Nanjing Lukou International Airport are consistent with imported cases on flight CA910, from the local government, the city said. Russia arrived in Nanjing on July 10.

Chinese media reported that since June last year, when China applied "circuit breaker" measures to incoming flights found to have COVID-19 cases, flight CA910 has been suspended 10 for carrying passengers who tested positive for COVID-19. In July alone, this flight was suspended three times. In 10 flights subject to the "circuit breaker" measure, CA910 transported a total of 69 COVID-19 patients from Moscow to Chinese cities including Nanjing, Tianjin and Zhengzhou.

The Nanjing Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Nanjing CDC) quoted a press release on July 30 as saying that the cleaning staff was most likely infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 due to not strictly adhere to personal protection requirements while completing CA910 post-flight cleaning.

The Nanjing CDC said investigations showed that cleaners were responsible for cleaning up trash for both domestic and international flights. The agency added that other cases at the airport have been infected by exposure to cleaning agents, or by exposure to environments contaminated with the virus.

The Nanjing CDC said it had completed genetic sequencing of 52 patients in this outbreak, all of whom were of the Delta strain. The genetic sequences of these viruses were highly homologous, suggesting that they belong to the same infectious sequence.

On July 29, the Nanjing government announced 13 local COVID-19 patients. The city has reported a total of 184 confirmed cases and one asymptomatic carrier since the most recent outbreak on July 20.

To date, the COVID-19 outbreak in Nanjing has spread to five provinces and the capital Beijing. At least 206 infections across China are linked to the outbreak in Nanjing, of which at least 30 are in 15 cities, including Beijing. Currently, hundreds of thousands of people in many places in China are under blockade in the context that the country's authorities are trying to stamp out the epidemic after a long time doing quite well in epidemic control and prevention.

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