torsdag 8. juli 2021

Covid returns to Wuhan as imported cases mount

After Wuhan banished the virus more than a year ago, the central Chinese urban center has been hit by arguably China’s largest cluster of imported cases this month. Many see this as a sign of the heightened risks, as well as irony – Covid-19 has returned to its original breeding ground, where it first emerged and killed an uncertain number of people at the end of 2019 before beginning its global spread.

A notice posted on Tuesday by Wuhan’s Municipal Health Commission put the city back in the news after at least 56 infected people, both with and without symptoms, were identified and hastily rushed to special wards from the city’s Tianhe Airport in the past week.  The commission noted 52 of them were Chinese expats returning from Afghanistan onboard the same chartered flight, MF8008, operated by Xiamen Air on July 2 – part of Beijing’s ongoing operations to pluck its nationals out of the Central Asian country teetering on the brink of full-blown civil war.