Oroville Mercury-Register

Chinese city with outbreak stops buses and trains

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BEIJING >> A city in southern China that is trying to contain a coronaviru­s outbreak told the public Sunday not to leave town, suspended bus and train service and closed cinemas, bars and other facilities.

Anyone who needs to leave Putian, a city of 2.9 million people in Fujian province south of Shanghai, for an essential trip must have proof of a negative coronaviru­s test within the past 48 hours, the city government announced.

China declared the coronaviru­s under control in early 2020 but has suffered outbreaks of the more contagious delta variant. Authoritie­s say most cases are traced to travelers arriving from Russia, Myanmar and other countries.

In Putian, 19 new infections that were believed to have been acquired locally

were reported in the 24 hours through midnight Saturday, according to the National Health Commission. One was reported in Quanzhou, also in Fujian.

The first cases in Putian were students from Xianyou county, but experts suspect the outbreak might have originated with the father of one student who returned

from Singapore on Aug. 4, according to the official Global Times newspaper.

The traveler, identified by the surname Lin, underwent a 14-day quarantine and nine nucleic acid and serologic tests, all of which were negative, the Global Times said, citing local authoritie­s. It said he tested positive on Friday.

 ?? PHOTOS BY CHINATOPIX VIA AP ?? Medical workers send off their colleagues leaving to help with an outbreak of COVID-19 in Putian from a provincial hospital in Fuzhou in southeast China’s Fujian province Sunday. Putian, a city in southern China that is trying to contain a coronaviru­s outbreak told the public Sunday not to leave, suspended bus and train service and closed cinemas, bars and other facilities.
PHOTOS BY CHINATOPIX VIA AP Medical workers send off their colleagues leaving to help with an outbreak of COVID-19 in Putian from a provincial hospital in Fuzhou in southeast China’s Fujian province Sunday. Putian, a city in southern China that is trying to contain a coronaviru­s outbreak told the public Sunday not to leave, suspended bus and train service and closed cinemas, bars and other facilities.
 ??  ?? Medical workers give thumbs-up to their colleagues leaving to help with an outbreak of COVID-19 in Putian from a provincial hospital in Fuzhou in southeast China’s Fujian province Sunday.
Medical workers give thumbs-up to their colleagues leaving to help with an outbreak of COVID-19 in Putian from a provincial hospital in Fuzhou in southeast China’s Fujian province Sunday.

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