søndag 16. januar 2022

Covid global report: Omicron alert in southern Chinese city bordering Macau

The southern Chinese city of Zhuhai has suspended public bus routes after announcing it had detected at least seven cases of the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant there and warning residents not to leave the city. The coastal city, which borders the gambling hub Macau, said late on Friday that Omicron had been detected in one mildly ill and six asymptomatic patients, after mass testing due to a case in a neighbouring city.

China is battling a spate of coronavirus outbreaks, including several from the Omicron variant, as it steps up vigilance against the virus ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics in February. Millions of people across the country have been ordered to stay home in recent weeks, with scores of domestic flights cancelled and factories shut down.