(Beijing) China on Monday registered 76 new COVID-19 patients, the highest number since January, most of which were reported in a province bordering China’s most populous city, Shanghai.
The first country to be exposed to the corona virus in late 2019, the Asian company has almost eradicated the disease from its soil since the spring of 2020, after which life there has largely returned to normal.
A success was especially appreciated thanks to massive screenings, harsh imprisonment or forced employment in the isolation of all people coming from abroad.
But sources of contamination persist.
Of the 76 new patients reported by the Chinese Ministry of Health, 39 were identified in the province of Jiangsu, north of Shanghai in eastern China.
Thousands of residents in the provincial capital, Nanjing, are currently in jail following the recent discovery of an epidemic focus at its airport.
As of Sunday, 9.2 million people living in this metropolis will have to undergo a second screening test to identify patients who take longer than usual to show symptoms.
At a time when the highly contagious delta variability is raging in neighboring India and Burma, China is rushing to adopt a zero tolerance policy towards the virus and prevent new outbreaks.
A small Chinese city on the border with Burma uses facial recognition cameras to monitor the movements of its citizens and to divert the slightest attention from COVID-19.