COVID-19: New China outbreak grows

New local coronavirus infections have more than doubled in China’s southeastern province of Fujian, which is battling the country’s latest coronavirus outbreak.

The National Health Commission said on Tuesday that 59 new locally transmitted cases were reported for 13 September, up from 22 infections a day earlier.

Fujian, a city of 3.2 million, ordered testing of all residents on Tuesday after Delta variant cases linked to a returnee from Singapore ballooned into a province-wide outbreak of more than 100 people, The Guardian reported.

The cities closed schools in a race to curb a new Covid-19 outbreak which has sparked concerns over infections among unvaccinated schoolchildren.

In just four days, a total of 102 community infections have been reported in Fujian, a province bordered by Zhejiang to the north and Guangdong to the south.

China’s last outbreak, which affected mainly Jiangsu, ended about two weeks ago, with no new local cases reported in the eastern province. That outbreak lasted a month.