Daily US Times: A coronavirus outbreak first discovered in China’s Nanjing city has spread to five provinces and the capital Beijing, with state media calling it the most extensive contagion after Wuhan.
Almost two hundred people have been infected since the virus was first detected at the city’s busy airport on 20 July.
According to local media reports, all flights from Nanjing airport will be suspended until 11 August.
Amid criticism for their “failure”, officials also began city-wide testing.
All 9.3 million of the city’s residents, including those visiting, will be tested for coronavirus, state-controlled Xinhua news reported.
Social media posts show long lines of people queuing, and authorities have reportedly urged people to stand one metre apart, wear masks and avoid talking while they wait.
Officials said the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus was behind the infections, adding that infections had spread further because of how busy the airport is.
Ding Jie, a health official in the city of Nanjing, told journalists that the cases were linked to cleaners who worked on a flight from Russia that arrived in the city on 10 July.
Xinhua reported that the cleaners didn’t follow strict hygiene measures.
Testing has shown that the virus has now spread to at least 13 cities including capital Beijing and Chengdu.
However, the Global Times reported quoting experts that they believed the outbreak was still at an early stage and could be controlled.