With the COVID-19 outbreak in Dalian having spilled over to nine
cities across the country, including Beijing, the city in Liaoning
province has strengthened epidemic control efforts to quell the
Beijing reported one new local case related to Dalian on Tuesday. The
patient, a 53-year-old woman from Anhui province, arrived in the
capital to visit her daughter in Changping district. She had become
infected after a dinner with an asymptomatic carrier from Dalian on July
16 in Jinzhou, Liaoning province.
Eight other cities in four provinces-including Tieling, Liaoning;
Changchun, Jilin; Hegang, Heilongjiang; and Fuzhou, Fujian-had reported
confirmed or asymptomatic cases transmitted from Dalian as of Tuesday,
On Monday, Dalian, with one high-risk subdistrict and four
medium-risk residential communities, identified six new COVID-19
infections. That elevated the city's total confirmed cases to 44 since a
new outbreak was discovered on July 22, the city health commission
To help contain the virus, Dalian has expanded its screening and
quarantine programs, introduced social distancing orders and strictly
curtailed those allowed to leave the city. Nearly 3 million of its 7
million residents had been tested as of Tuesday morning.
Indoor entertainment venues were indefinitely shut down on Tuesday, a city government statement said.
Residents of high-risk and medium-risk areas cannot leave the city,
and local officials pledged to share information on close contacts of
local patients with other parts of the country.
In Beijing on Tuesday night, Changping district announced the raising
of the public health emergency response from the third to the second
level in Western Tiantongyuan Third Area, the residential community
where the female patient had been, according to the Beijing Evening
News. The community was designated a medium-risk area and up to 600
residents in the community had been tested by Tuesday.
Xu Hejian, a spokesman for Beijing's municipal government, called the
new cases alarming and said authorities will strictly follow epidemic
control and prevention measures including medical observation of people
from high-risk and medium-risk areas. He also suggested residents avoid
business trips to high-and medium-risk areas.
In Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, another
epidemic hot spot, newly confirmed cases continued to grow. The city
reported 57 locally transmitted infections on Monday, raising total
infections to almost 400 since the July 15 outbreak. In addition, there
were 11 asymptomatic cases.
The first recovered patients since the outbreak-six who had confirmed
infections or were asymptomatic carriers-were discharged from hospitals
on Tuesday, said Shang Yulan, deputy secretary-general of the city
government. The city vowed to tighten measures including supervision of
officials fighting the virus.