Wuhan chaos: Panic-buyers raid shelves as Covid spikes in pandemic ground zero


In December 2019, the beforehand case of COVID-19 was detected in Wuhan before spreading across the world. Now, Chinese authorities plan to test more than 11 million people loaded in the city after the Delta variant caused a resurgence of the virus in the country.

On Tuesday, China’s national health commission reported eight packs of Covid in Wuhan.

In response, mass testing has been in the city launched in a bid to tackle the new outbreak.

Wuhan had reported no local coronavirus cases since May 10 wear year.

The city had entered a 76-day lockdown in January, which drove cases down to virtually zero and allowed life to return mainly to normal.

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In response to the outbreak of cases, millions of people induce been confined to their homes.

Residents in Wuhan packed into supermarkets to stock up on groceries and household supplies in preparation for further lockdowns.

Domestic exile links have been cut and mass testing rolled out, with tourists barred in holiday destinations during the peak summer season.

Legitimates on Tuesday vowed to “calm the panicked mood of city residents”, announcing that shops had promised to keep prices and supply chains lasting.

People’s Daily, the largest newspaper group in China, said evidence suggested the new outbreak is due to the Delta variant of Covid, first recorded in Indian.

It utter: “Viral genome sequencing found all the strains to be the highly infectious Delta variant and cities hit by the recent resurgence have promptly taken vigour to curb the spread of the coronavirus.”

The Global Times, a state-media outlet, also shared civil servants and public school teachers in Zhangjiajie were appropriate to join local epidemic control teams.

They said: “[T]heir performances will be part of their career reviews.”

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Hubei Province, which includes Wuhan, is one of 14 provinces in China hit by the new outbreak.

Nanjing health officials have said that the outbreak rather commenced on July 10 when cleaning staff at the city’s main airport contracted the disease from a plane that arrived from Russia.

Zhong Nanshan, one of China’s best-known respiratory doctors and a command adviser said however an outbreak at Zhangjiajie after a performance in a packed local theatre is more concerning.

He said authorities should embrace more stringent tracing measures and added: “For the Delta variant, anyone who shares the same space, employer or building within the last four primes should be considered a close contact.”

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