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Fujian steps up epidemic control as new cases surge

By ZHANG YANGFEI in Beijing and HU MEIDONG in Fuzhou | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2021-09-15 07:37
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A health worker collects swab sample from a resident for COVID-19 test in Xiamen city, East China's Fujian province, Sept 14, 2021. [Photo by Zeng Demeng/for]

Fujian province has tightened prevention and control measures to contain a surge of cases in the latest COVID-19 outbreak.

From Friday to 8 am on Tuesday, the province reported 120 confirmed cases, with 75 in Putian, 12 in Quanzhou and 33 in Xiamen. There were also 19 asymptomatic infections in Putian during this period, the provincial government said on Tuesday.

Putian has quickly imposed strict measures to curb the spread of the virus. Entrances to residential communities have been placed under tight control, with guards posted 24 hours a day to check people's temperatures, health codes and ensure masks are worn. Couriers have been told to place deliveries in designated areas to avoid people-to-people contact.

Restrictions have also been placed on road access to the city. Twenty highway entry and exit points are under strict control, with 12 sealed off. The city has advised residents to stop using public transportation, unless essential, and transportation stations, markets and shopping malls have been told to strengthen management and avoid crowding.

Tang Longjian, a community worker in Quanzhou, said the farmers' market in his community has left only two places open for residents to buy groceries. Staff have also been deployed to check the health codes, travel histories and nucleic acid test results of people trying to enter.

He said the community will implement more stringent measures and close all entries and exits except two. Only one person per household will be allowed out to purchase necessities. "This is to reduce the flow of people and minimize the chance of being infected," Tang said.

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