San Francisco Chronicle

Outbreak in city brings lockdown


A city in southern China that is trying to contain a coronaviru­s outbreak on Sunday suspended bus and train service, closed theaters, bars and other facilities and ordered that residents not attempt to leave.

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 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.

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