China is fighting the biggest Delta eruption as cases grow in the city of Dalian

People line up for nucleic acid testing in a residential complex following local cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in Dalian, Liaoning Province, China November 10, 2021. China Daily via REUTERS

BEIJING, Nov. 15 (Reuters) – China is battling the spread of its biggest COVID-19 outbreak caused by the Delta variant, according to figures announced Monday, with travelers from a city where infections have grown faster than elsewhere in the country. strict quarantine rules in nearby areas.

Chinese authorities said 32 new domestically transmitted infections with confirmed symptoms have been reported on November 14, most of which were in northeastern Dalian. That brings the number of local cases since Oct. 17 to 1,308, Reuters calculations based on official data showed, surpassing the 1,280 local cases from a summer delta outbreak.

This marks China’s most widespread Delta eruption, which has affected 21 provinces, regions and municipalities. Although smaller than many outbreaks in other countries, the Chinese authorities are eager to block further transmissions under government zero-tolerance guidance.

A dozen provincial-level regions contained their flare-up within weeks of the current eruption, thanks to rapid implementation of a complex set of curbs, including strict contact tracking, multiple test rounds of people at risk, closure of entertainment and cultural venues, and restrictions on tourism and public transport.

However, Dalian is still stuck in a battle with the virus, said Wu Liangyou, an official at the National Health Commission.

Since Dalian’s first local symptomatic patients from the latest outbreak were reported on November 4, the port city of 7.5 million people has discovered an average of about 24 new local cases a day, more than any other Chinese city, according to Reuters estimates.

A few cities near Dalian, including Dandong, Anshan and Shenyang, have said that people arriving from Dalian must be quarantined at centralized facilities for 14 days before they can move freely, in an unusually cautious measure.

Pr. On November 14, mainland China had reported 98,315 confirmed coronavirus cases with symptoms, including domestically transmitted infections and those from abroad. There have been 4,636 deaths.

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Reporting by Ryan Woo, Roxanne Liu and Ella Cao; Edited by Kim Coghill and Raju Gopalakrishnan

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