China targets school students to control case surge

China targets school students to control case surge
A vaccination campaign for minors aged 12 to 17 is being expanded across schools. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: China is targeting school students in their latest coronavirus vaccination campaign, as the country sees its biggest virus surge in months.

The Chinese government reported 71 new domestic coronavirus infections on Wednesday – the highest daily count since January.

Authorities say that a vaccination campaign for minors aged 12-17 is being expanded to try and combat the spread of the delta variant, which is highly contagious.

The latest infections have now been reported in at least 16 provinces and municipalities.

It is not clear how many people in China are fully vaccinated, although the government say more than 1.6 billion doses have been administered so far.

The country’s Education Ministry has asked local authorities to implement a programme targeting vaccinations of school students.

Several provinces are already giving school students Covid-19 vaccines, but the pressure is on to achieve the government’s goal of having 80 to 85 percent of the entire population vaccinated against the disease by the end of the year.

Local media, however, pointed to doubts over whether current prevention measures against the virus are still working.

Experts quoted said the outbreak was under control but more efforts were needed to “plug the loopholes” in controlling the disease, alongside social distancing and vaccinations.

The latest outbreak started in the city of Nanjiang in the eastern Jiangsu province before spreading to the tourist destination of Zhangjiajie in central Hunan province.

Tourists carried the virus from there to at least a dozen cities, including large hubs like Chongqing and Beijing.

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