Health authorities in China have set up checkpoints and reportedly suspended flights in the eastern city of Nanjing in the country’s worst coronavirus emergency in months.
More than 170 people have been diagnosed with the Delta variant in the past 10 days. The main outbreak is centred on Nanjing, in Jiangsu province, but connected cases have reportedly been identified in Beijing and other provinces including Anhui, Liaoning, Sichuan and Guangdong.
The Global Times reported Nanjing airport was suspending all flights until mid-August, citing an anonymous source. Sichuan province has ordered all new arrivals to undergo 14 days of quarantine in facilities and another seven at home.
Nanjing authorities this week embarked on a second round of mass testing for its 9.3 million population. Entry and exit restrictions on residents have been strengthened, some public transport has been suspended, and taxi and rideshare drivers have been instructed not to leave the city limits.
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